The Cellfina™ System is the only FDA-cleared minimally invasive procedure clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite for at least three years—the longest FDA-cleared duration for a cellulite treatment. For some patients, we may combine cellulite treatment with skin and tissue tightening from a procedure such as Ultherapy, or Skin Tyte by Sciton.
Cellfina™ is a straightforward procedure performed in our ambulatory surgery center – using the highest degree of safety for patients. Before treatment, the dimpled areas of thighs and buttocks are marked. Then the CellfinaTM platform is applied to the skin. It has a suction device that brings the skin into the Cellfina™ System, and it makes it taut for us to treat easily. Local anesthesia is used to numb the skin. Once the skin is numb, the Cellfina™ platform is reapplied, the suction is engaged, and a tiny blade is inserted to free the fibrous bands pulling down the skin and creating dimples. This process is called “subcision.” With Cellfina, the subcision is very precise. Once the bands have frayed, the dimples are released, leaving smoothed skin. Patients truly experience very little pain during the treatment.
There is limited downtime associated with Cellfina™. Some patients experience initial soreness and tenderness. Expect this to last for at least a few days. Results are visible in as little as three days, but it may take a few months for the final results. Swelling and bruising are common after Cellfina. The best thing, results are still evident three years after treatment. Cellfina™ has minimal side effects, including soreness and sometimes bruising. More than 90 percent of patients had no bruising at the four-week mark.