Cellfina® is our favorite cellulite reduction treatment and we are excited to share that new studies have shown Cellfina® treatment results to have long-lasting efficacy at 5 years. Previous to Cellfina®, nothing had been shown to last more than 9 – 12 months. In this blog we are sharing the science behind Cellfina® and why it is so long-lasting.
Why Cellulite is a Challenge to Treat
Below the skin, connective tissue attaches the skin to muscle, creating small compartments that store fat cells. When there are few or small fat cells, and patients have good skin elasticity, skin looks smooth and toned.
However, fat cells can grow and accumulate with weight fluctuation. As fat cells grow within these compartments, they begin to create tension. The connective barriers do not grow to accommodate new fat cells; they remain taut, causing fat cells to push against the skin. This creates the appearance of bumps and dimpling that are characteristic of cellulite. Weight gain isn’t the only cause of fat cell expansion and cellulite, however. Genetics, pregnancy and an inactive lifestyle can also contribute to cellulite growth along the thighs and buttocks.
Before Cellfina®, massages, and creams were all marketed as the best treatments for regaining smooth skin. Unfortunately, these options fail to address the true source of cellulite, leaving less-than-satisfactory and always temporary results. While some patients have tried to treat cellulite with comprehensive treatments like CoolSculpting® and liposuction, these don’t fully address the cause of the issue either since they are only reducing fat. Patients who invest in topical creams and fat removal procedures can still leave their surgeon’s office feeling dissatisfied with the dimple correction.
Why Cellfina® Works
Cellfina®’s success comes directly from how the treatment targets the structures that create skin dimpling. Cellfina® uses a form of microblading known as subcision to specifically target the subcutaneous fibrous bands. Often used for treating acne scars and wrinkles, subcision uses a special hypodermic needle to cut the subcutaneous skin fibers that cause dimples or depressions in the skin. Cellfina® utilizes the same concept for cellulite treatment. During the procedure, the target area is numbed and the device is then inserted just below the skin. Using a specialized technique, Dr. Diehl cuts the connective tissue bands, releasing the tension responsible for creating the cellulite dimpling.
Whereas other cellulite treatments require multiple sessions until results are noticeable, Cellfina® is a one and done treatment. After their session, patients can see their skin bouncing back to a smoother texture in in as few as three days. Best of all, new studies have shown that patients are enjoying their results for years after treatment. In 2015, one study found that 98% of participants have continued to enjoy their results two years post-procedure. In 2018, however, the FDA cleared Cellfina® as a treatment that treats cellulite for up to five years post-procedure!
Get Smoother Skin Today
At Diehl Plastic Surgery, we know how disappointing failed cellulite treatments can be to anyone’s self-confidence. Minimally invasive Cellfina® has helped our Raleigh plastic surgeon improve our patients’ appearances and self-esteem for years. If you’re ready to get rid of your cellulite for the long-term, we encourage you to call (919) 381-5540 to schedule your consultation.
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What Is Cellulite and Why Do I Have It?
Most women have cellulite. It occurs when fibrous tissue bands pull the skin down over fat deposits creating a lumpy, dimpled appearance on the skin. Having cellulite doesn’t mean you’re fat. Many of our cellulite treatment patients are a healthy weight. Cellulite can happen to men or women, overweight or at a healthy weight.
We carefully choose each treatment we offer to ensure maximum benefit and safety for our patients. We love Cellfina® for cellulite treatment because:
-It targets the underlying cause of cellulite (fibrous bands).
-It is minimally invasive and non-surgical.
-No heavy anesthetics are necessary.
-Only one treatment is needed.
-Results are long-lasting.
-Patients return to work and other activities quickly.
Cellfina® Works Better than Topical Creams for Treating Cellulite- Here’s Why
Have you tried topical cellulite treatments? They offer big promises on the bottle, but when put to the test, often disappoint. Cellulite isn’t a topical skin problem, so topical treatments aren’t going to be effective. Cellulite starts deep within the skin as fibrous bands pull tissue down.
This treatment works underneath the skin’s outer layer, at the source of cellulite. It releases the fibrous bands, smoothing out the dimples. This is one of the most effective treatments for cellulite we’ve ever seen, and we’re excited to offer Cellfina® in Raleigh, NC.
What to Expect from a Cellfina® Treatment
We start a Cellfina® treatment by carefully marking the dimples on the thighs and buttocks. Once the dimples are marked, you’ll lie down, and we’ll prep the treatment area. The Cellfina® device pulls the skin taut, and a special handpiece will precisely cut the fibrous tissue band. We numb the area before treatment with a lidocaine and saline solution to minimize discomfort. After we release one fibrous band, we’ll move onto the next until each marked dimple has been treated and released.
After we treat all of your dimples, you’ll be ready to return home. Most patients are back to their regular activities quickly, often later that same day. You’ll need to wear a compression garment for a few weeks. This helps the body to heal quickly and properly, improving your results. After treatment, you may experience bruising and soreness. These symptoms are temporary and typically resolve in a few days.
Am I a Good Candidate for Cellulite Treatment?
At Diehl Plastic Surgery we want you to be delighted with your results. Although Cellfina® is an excellent fit for many patients, it isn’t always the right procedure. Good candidates for this treatment:
-Are close to their ideal body weight, typically within 10 pounds.
-Have cellulite on the buttocks and/or thighs.
-Do not have skin laxity.
If Cellfina® isn’t the best procedure for you, we’ll recommend another option. Many of our patients achieve excellent results with SmartLipo, especially those patients that want to combine cellulite treatment with body contouring.
Your Next Steps
Got cellulite? Try Cellfina®. If you’re interested in learning more about this treatment, call our offices and schedule a consultation. During a Cellfina® consultation, we’ll:
-Perform a detailed physical examination.
-Make treatment recommendations.
-Answer your questions.
-Provide detailed information about treatment cost.
If you’re ready to get started, get in touch and we’ll schedule your consultation with Dr. Diehl as soon as possible.
Other Non-Surgical Treatments for Summer
Cellulite reduction isn’t the only way to prep your body for summer. Discover some of our favorite non-surgical treatments for summer:
-miraDry®- Excessive sweat can be embarrassing, especially when the weather heats up. We offer miraDry®, a non-invasive and permanent solution to underarm sweat and odor. miraDry® is FDA-cleared and has an excellent safety record. Enjoy long-lasting results with a single treatment session!
-CoolSculpting®- It’s bikini season. Let’s get your body ready. CoolSculpting® freezes stubborn pockets of unwanted fat. Muffin top? Love handles? CoolSculpting® can get your body ready for its bikini debut. We love that this treatment is non-invasive and requires no downtime.
Is your body ready for summer? Come into Diehl Plastic Surgery to banish your cellulite. Bring on the short shorts!