March 16, 2016Trends in Technology

Cellfina™: Finally, a Long-Term Solution for Cellulite!

Until recently, treating cellulite with a long term impact has been an enormous challenge. Most options were simply quick fixes which worked for a few hours to, at best, a few days.

Now, we have an FDA-approved medical procedure called Cellfina™ which targets the root of the problem, revealing smooth, beautiful skin. This procedure has an excellent patient satisfaction record and the results last for three years, at minimum, and likely a lot longer (based on clinical trial results)! I’m excited to share more details and to announce that I am one of the first doctors in the country to offer this treatment at my practice, Advanced Dermatology, P.C.

What causes cellulite?

First, to explain how Cellfina™ works, I have to explain what causes cellulite. We all have fat deposits underneath our skin. We also have fibrous connective tissue or bands (think of rubber bands) which tether our skin to our underlying tissue. Cellulite, or dimpling, occurs when the underlying fat deposits begin to push through weak spots in the connective tissue under the skin, but the bands keep pulling in certain spots—thus those dreaded “dimples” we all know too well! This image shows the cellulite pushing through the fibrous bands:

How does Cellfina™ work?

The Cellfina™ procedure works by using a small motorized needle to break those weak bands of connective tissue and release them, which in turn, allows the skin to snap back and smooth itself out.

This procedure is ideal for skin dimpling on the buttocks or upper backs of the thighs. I find that it is not as effective for the front of the thighs or the area above the knees.

Is it Safe?

The side effects reported from this procedure are all mild to moderate and include bruising, soreness, and some swelling. These side effects last for a few days to approximately two weeks.

Your Virtual Cellfina™ Appointment:

Your Consultation:

You will first come into my office for a consult to determine whether you are a good candidate for Cellfina™. We will take photographs of the area we plan to treat. We mark out your cellulite dimples with a sharpie pen (not the most fun, but just imagine them all disappearing after the treatment).

If I determine that you are a good candidate for this procedure, I will advise you that, two weeks before your procedure, you must stop taking Aleve, Fish Oil, Advil and Ibuprofen.

Your Cellfina™ Procedure:

The entire procedure takes about an hour. I begin by administering local anesthesia and you will feel a few pinches and a bit of stinging. Then, the area we will treat becomes numb and you have no discomfort. I offer my patients a small dose of Valium before we begin in order to help them relax and to take the edge off. I recommend bringing headphones because, as you can hear from this video, there is a loud sound from the device I use.

After Your Procedure:

When we are done, I will wrap the area I treated in sterile gauze and advise you to take Tylenol for discomfort. You will put a compression garment on top of the bandages – this garment can be tight fitting bike shorts, spanx, Shapewear, or tight fitting leggings. You will be somewhat sore and bruised in the treated area especially those first two days after the treatment. I have a patient who went back to work the next day, but I generally recommend to take one day off. After one day, you will be up and about doing light activities. I recommend taking Tylenol.

You should continue to wear your compression garments for two weeks after the procedure. This will minimize swelling and bruising.

You will see REAL and EXCELLENT results within three days of the procedure and the results will continue to improve for up to one year after the procedure!

Price point: Cost: $3,000 – $5,000, depending on how many dimples we will be addressing.

My patients are loving this procedure, especially as Spring Break and Summer slowly get closer!