While we all know that most women have cellulite, it surprising how many are ready to go beyond the creams. In a survey of one thousand women*, roughly 37 percent are interested in a minimally invasive approach.
See before & after photos of actual patients from Marina Plastic Surgery.
The Cellfina™ System is the only FDA-cleared minimally invasive procedure clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite for up to three years.
What Exactly Is Cellulite?
The issue known as cellulite manifests as the dimpling found on the skin of the buttocks and the thighs. This change in the skin of these areas occurs because of a problem with the layer of connective tissue beneath it.
For the most part, this fibrous tissue, which tethers the skin layers to the muscle tissue, is arranged differently for men and women. Men often have a diagonal or cross-hatched fibrous tissue pattern, which lays flat against the muscle tissues. Many women, on the other hand, have vertical fibrous connective tissue, which is more susceptible to cellulite formation.
The skin is anchored to parts of the muscle using these vertical bands of tissue, which are known as septae. Small pockets of fat develop in these areas to cause the appearance of cellulite. Women often have thinner skin, further emphasizing the underlying bumps. Over 80% of post-adolescent women have cellulite. Men have it less frequently.
Surprisingly, though many assume weight problems are the main cause of cellulite, there is no one cause for the issue. Diet and lack of exercise may not be the problem. Some factors that can contribute to the look of cellulite in the skin include fluctuations in hormones, lifestyle choices, and the genes.
When a person is experiencing cellulite on their thighs or buttocks, they may experience self-consciousness and embarrassment, particularly when wearing bathing suits and other outfits that show skin.
Exercise is frequently unable to correct cellulite. Most of the other cellulite treatments on the market, including topical solutions, are also frequently unsuccessful.
If you want your skin to look smooth, beautiful, and firm again, it’s time to consider the Cellfina treatment system.
Cellfina™ combines highly advanced proprietary technology with a well-established procedure approach called “subcision” to treat the structural problems that cause cellulite. This innovative solution is a safe and effective method to treat cellulite with precise and reproducible results, in just one treatment.
The key is that this approach has a specialized hand piece that allows it to precisely access tissue. Cellfina™ is classified as a minimally invasive treatment, as it involves a small subcision device to access the cellulite-causing bands. Combined with the vacuum-assisted approach, the treatment is precise and effective.
Before the Cellfina advanced automated treatment procedure begins, the physician will use a marker to mark the cellulite-dimpled treatment areas on the patient’s thighs and/or buttocks. Once these spots are demarcated, the skin in these regions is suctioned to the device. The targeted areas are smoothed out and made taut with the aid of a suction-stabilizer; this also has the effect of stretching the septae to a position where they can be most easily treated.
Following this step, a local anesthetic known as lidocaine is administered to the target areas in order to numb the skin before treatment, making the procedure more comfortable and easy for the patient. The physician then uses the pocket-sized Cellfina hand piece on the taut regions, which reaches down to precisely cut through and separate the septae, relaxing the area. This is subcision.
The Cellfina subcision process is quite efficient. In only one hour, the machine is able to address 25 dimpled cellulite areas.
Okay, I’m a very private person, but I decided to write a review of an amazing experience I had at Dr Grant Stevens’ office in Marina Del Rey at Marina Plastic Surgery. I’ve always had dimples on the sides of my thighs, but they seemed to get worse and worse over time and especially after I had my son 6 years ago. After reading the reviews on RS and watching Dr Stevens videos on YouTube, I decided to give it a go.
First, the office at Marina PS was great! They were professional and made me comfortable as a new patient. The photography was worst part. Imagine having someone circle your insecurities w a black marker. Not fun but knowing I was doing something for myself gave me confidence. Secondly, the procedure wasn’t too bad. The anesthesia was a bit painful especially as Dr Stevens worked in different areas. I’d say it was a max of a 4 on a scale of 1 – 10…really not too bad. I was probably more nervous than anything. After I was numbed up, the procedure pretty quick. The noise of the device was annoying, but we had fun and joked throughout the procedure.
The first few days brought some soreness and tenderness to the touch. I definitely had some brushing, but it seemed to get better in a couple of weeks (~2 – 3 weeks). The results have been great!! My thighs look much smoother and I’m told they’ll get better with time. I’m a little more than a month out and I’m very happy with the procedure.
I felt the price was a bit steep prior to the procedure, but after getting rid of my pesky dimples, I feel great and wld do it all over again without thinking twice.
“I’m just your basic Midwestern housewife… Well, maybe not so basic anymore.”Read Andrea's Story
“I can’t tell you how beautiful my results are. I told Dr. Stevens, ‘You’re a miracle maker!’”Read Kathleen’s Story
“I couldn’t be happier, and I attract happy people to me.”Read Patty’s Story
“Life’s too short to wish a part of you looked different.”Read Eva’s Story
“Now I can finally wear dresses without a bra, and I’m proud of how I look in a bikini.”Read Natalie’s Story
“People say my new nose looks more natural on me than the nose I had before.”Read Eva’s Story
What is the Cellfina™ ?
Cellfina is the only FDA-cleared minimally invasive procedure clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite up to three years. Performed by a qualified physician in an office setting, Cellfina combines proven and innovative technologies to clear the underlying cause of cellulite on the thighs and buttocks.
How does the Cellfina™ work?
The Cellfina™ System treats the connective bands woven throughout the fat that pull down the skin, creating dimpling seen on the skin’s surface. Cellfina works by precisely treating these tethered bands, encouraging them to fray and finally fully release. Similar to a rubber band under tension, once released, the treated skin bounces back to smooth itself out in as little as three days.
How soon will I see improvements?
Within just three days after treatment, patients in the FDA-approved pivotal study reported feeling very satisfied with their results. At three months, 85 percent of patients were satisfied, after one year, 94 percent were satisfied, and after two years, 96 perfect of patients were satisfied, surpassing patient satisfaction rates versus other leading cellulite treatments.
Does Cellfina involve cutting?
Cellfina does not involve a scalpel, operating room or general anesthesia. It relies on a minimally invasive, small needle-sized device to apply light, quick and repeated pressure on the cellulite-causing bands just beneath the skin to fray and finally fully release them.
How long do results last?
Patients in the FDA-approved pivotal study showed significant improvement after just one treatment, with results lasting up to three years.
Are there any side effects?
There have been no serious adverse events associated with Cellfina. The most common side effects reported by patients in the FDA approved pivotal study were soreness and bruising. Just three days after treatment, patients rated their pain as minimal (2.7 on a scale of 0 to 10; 0=no pain, 10=extreme pain) and most (82%) felt pain only with touch or pressure to the area treated. This minimalpain improved quickly with time. Over 90% of patients had no bruising at four weeks.
Patients who are feeling any sort of discomfort following the procedure may be able to treat this with the aid of over-the-counter pain relief medication. Speak with your physician regarding acceptable options for this.
How long does the procedure take?
The in-office procedure takes approximately 45 minutes, depending on the individual patient and the number of areas being treated.
Will I need to take time off?
There is limited downtime associated with Cellfina. Some patients experience initial soreness and tenderness, but these side effects resolve quickly with time. Taking up to 24 hours to allow your body to recover from the procedure is often ideal, though it is not always necessary.
How much does the Cellfina treatment cost?
This is dependent on the number of cellulite dimples and other factors. Since the treatment is so personalized, the best way to get an accurate quote is to set up a free consultation.
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*survey conducted by Waggener Edstrom
**results from an FDA-approved pivotal study
The best way to determine which cellulite reduction treatment is best for you is to come visit us and discuss your options. During your consultation, one of our experienced medical professionals will examine the area affected by cellulite and will discuss your options with you. To receive a private consultation, request your appointment online and schedule your visit during one of the times set aside by our board-certified plastic surgeons exclusively for Web visitors.
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