Cellulite Treatments

You probably have cellulite—but you don’t have to. Approximately 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men struggle with this benign but bothersome condition. If you feel self-conscious in a bathing suit, getting intimate, and are tired of trying to cover up cellulite with creams and lotions that don’t work, help is available at RefinedMD.

Our team of experts is led by Dr. Steven Swengel, whose favorite part of the day is seeing smiles that light up the room when clients see their results. Dr. Lindsey Yeh, a board-certified dermatologist with fellowship training in cosmetic dermatological procedures, is committed to providing clients with the latest techniques for all kinds of skin concerns including cellulite, such as Qwo, Cellfina, Exilis, and Z-Wave. Jaeny Kim is our board-certified family nurse practitioner and member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and she’s a firm believer that gorgeous skin is possible when treatments are customized just for you. These are just a few of our team members who provide concierge-level support throughout your beautiful skin journey. Ready to bid farewell to cottage cheese thighs? Let’s get started!

Yes, cellulite is treatable. It’s true that cellulite used to be untreatable, but the world of cosmetic dermatology has come a long way. RefinedMD offers four different treatments for cellulite including Qwo, Cellfina, Exilis, and Z-Wave. So, which one is right for you? You’ll find out during a consultation, but let’s take a closer look at your options.

Qwo: A New Cellulite Treatment

Qwo is the first FDA-approved injection for vanquishing cellulite and offers stunning results in just a few months. Most cellulite is caused by fibrous septa hardening below the skin’s surface in unflattering patterns. While this tissue is important for supporting your skin’s structure, it does not need to create cellulite in the process (that’s just an unfortunate side effect of getting older and our bodies changing).

Qwo treatment involves identifying and marking off the undesired dimpling and making three quick injections through the same insertion point into the middle and sides of each dimple. With a few minutes, most of those fibrous bands have already been dissolved and fat cells and untreated good collagen quickly move in to fill that void. Treatment is done in a period of 4-6 weeks and final results can be seen at 2 months.

Video: Instagram Influencer Nichole Harvey stopped by our office for her Qwo consultation. Learn more about this non-invasive cellulite treatment and follow along on Nichole’s Qwo journey with RefinedMD.

Video: Qwo is an FDA-approved injectable to treat cellulite in women. Learn more about what cellulite is, how it works, and what you can expect when coming into the RefinedMD office for a Qwo treatment.

Video: Get a behind the scenes look at a Qwo Treatment at RefinedMD with Dr. Swengel! Qwo is the newest non-invasive, injectable cellulite treatment. RefinedMD is proud to be one of the first practices in the Bay Area to offer Qwo.

Qwo Before/After Photo

Qwo uses proteinases, a type of enzyme that breaks down old collagen while creating new collagen at the cellulite site. Smooth, youthful skin is the outcome. There are different kinds of cellulite, and Qwo isn’t the answer for everyone but it’s an exciting, revolutionary treatment that works for many.

Qwo Before/After Photo | RefinedMD Cellulite Treatment

Qwo Before/After*: Day 1 vs Day 71


Cellfina Before/After Photo | RefinedMD Cellulite Treatment

Cellfina Before/After*

Cellfina is a non-surgical option to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Minimally invasive, this treatment uses a microblade that can be used on the thighs or buttocks to release the tension of the bands below the skin’s surface that cause cellulite. Known as subcision, this approach can also be an effective tool for minimizing wrinkles and lines. It’s just the size of a needle and has been FDA approved since 2015. Many clients see results in just three days, and the look can last for up to three years. Cellfina has a fantastic client satisfaction rating, and it takes just one hour for every 25 dimples.


Exilis Before/After Photo | RefinedMD Cellulite Treatment

Exilis Before/After*

Exilis combines skin tightening with cellulite reduction and body contouring by harnessing the power of radiofrequency. RF can penetrate deeply into the skin to kick-start collagen production. Non-invasive, Exilis can heat the tissue causing cellulite to just the right temperature to simultaneously destroy fat cells and smooth out the skin. There is zero pain or downtime, and depending on the amount of skin to be treated your appointment could be as short as 15 minutes.


Zwave Before/After Photo | RefinedMD Cellulite Treatment

Z-Wave Before/After*

Z-Wave breaks down cellulite without needing surgery or any needles. It uses radial shockwaves to destroy cellulite and smooth the skin with small pulses of energy. Appointments last 10 – 30 minutes as your provider slides a handheld device over the treatment site. There’s no downtime or aftercare necessary, and you can immediately get back to your day after the treatment. Most clients require 6 – 10 treatments for optimal results.

With so many options for cellulite treatment, the perfect procedure for you is waiting at RefinedMD. You can also optimize results by pairing your cellulite treatment choice with other treatments, such as skin tightening or CoolSculpting to freeze away unwanted fat*. To learn more about cellulite treatments at RefinedMD, schedule your complimentary consultation today by completing the online form or starting a chat right now.