What is Cellfina?
Cellfina is a minimally invasive procedure that significantly reduces the appearance of dimples and puckering caused by cellulite.
How does it work?
Cellulite is caused by a structural issue in the skin, and occurs in an estimated 85% of women in the US. Bands of connective tissue called septae pull unevenly on the skin’s surface from within, causing the “cottage cheese” appearance of puckering and dimpling. Cellfina targets and releases these bands through a proprietary process called “subcision,” resolving the structural cause and allowing the skin to once again appear smooth at the surface.
What kind of results can I expect?
Cellfina is intended for areas around the thighs and buttocks and has a high percentage of patient satisfaction, which increases over time. Patient satisfaction was 85% at three months, 94% at one year, and 96% at two years. It is most effective for patients with moderate to severe cellulite dimples. It does not treat skin laxity or fibrous banding, which have different structural causes than cellulite. Results appear as early as three days after treatment.
How long will the results last?
Results are long lasting. The FDA has approved Cellfina’s results for two years after treatment, the longest FDA-cleared duration for a cellulite treatment. Because Cellfina removes the structural cause of cellulite, there is reason to believe that results may last longer. Cellfina is a new treatment. Research to determine the full potential of its results is ongoing.
How many treatments are necessary?
Patients report high levels of satisfaction with one treatment. Even two years later, 96% of patients were satisfied with the results from a single treatment.
The procedure usually lasts about an hour. Dr. Cox will begin by marking the dimpled areas you’d like treated. A local numbing agent will be administered to make the procedure more comfortable. You will feel each treatment area being slightly drawn into the device. A very small, precise micro-blade will then release the bands under the skin that cause cellulite. This process will be repeated for each treatment area. You may experience brief, mild to moderate pain as the numbing agent is injected. Once the areas are numbed, you should not experience any discomfort during the procedure. Many patients bring earbuds or headphones and music to listen to during the procedure.
How long does recovery take?
Because Cellfina is minimally invasive, downtime for this procedure is limited. On the day of treatment, we recommend only restful activities following your procedure. While it is possible to return to your schedule the next day, we suggest taking it easy the day after treatment. In clinical studies, Tylenol was found to effectively manage any discomfort. The most common side effects after the procedure are bruising, draining at the small incision sites, mild soreness and tenderness. Discomfort usually resolves within the first few days, and 90% of patients had no residual bruising at four weeks.
Is it safe?
The FDA has approved Cellfina to safely treat cellulite. In clinical trials, no serious adverse effects were associated with Cellfina.
How is Cellfina different than other treatments and products I may have tried for cellulite?
Unlike lotions and creams, Cellfina treats the structural cause of cellulite. It is the only FDA-cleared minimally invasive procedure clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite for at least two years. Cellulaze is another FDA approved device. Cellulaze uses a thin metal tube to deliver controlled blasts of heat beneath the skin, damaging the bands that cause cellulite. We prefer Cellfina to Cellulaze because it has the longest FDA clearance for results (2 years), is less invasive, and seems to have more predictable results and higher patient satisfaction.
Who is a good candidate?
Any adult woman who is bothered by cellulite is a good potential candidate. While we sometimes associate cellulite with excess weight, these dimples and puckers affects many women regardless of weight, level of physical activity or body mass index. Excess fat may be a contributing factor, but it is also possible to be slender or physically active and still have cellulite. Hormones, genetics, poor circulation and lifestyle factors such as diet and smoking, also seem to play a role, but research is ongoing. A trained physician will help you determine if you can benefit from Cellfina. As with any procedure, good candidates are those who understand the procedure and post-treatment care, and have a realistic understanding of the results of the treatment.
Why come to Aesthetic Solutions for treatment?
We are excited to be among the first four practices in North Carolina to launch Cellfina. Dr. Cox is an expert in body contouring procedures, and you can feel confident Dr. Cox will provide the best possible results. Call us today at (919) 338 5007 to arrange a consultation.