Are you obsessing over the cellulite on your buttocks and thighs? You’re not alone, because cellulite is an exceedingly common problem that affects nearly every woman. Although cellulite is not harmful in any way, most women find it cosmetically unattractive, so they are always on the lookout for treatment solutions that work. But is cellulite removal permanent.

What exactly is cellulite and why does it form?

Cellulite is characterized by the dimpled, lumpy appearance of the skin. It develops when the bands of connective tissue that surround the fat layer beneath the skin, contract or tighten. The resulting pressure pushes the fat against the top layers of tissue and the bulges give the surface of the skin a lumpy, dimpled appearance.

The presence of cellulite is mostly due to genetics, but it has also been linked to a number of other factors including hormonal fluctuations, and an inactive lifestyle. Most women have some degree of cellulite regardless of their weight, body type, or skin tone.

Treatment options for cellulite

Many women turn to creams, serums, and lotions in search of cellulite-free skin. However, most patients are dissatisfied with these options as they provide only very mild improvement in cellulite. While there is no cure-all for cellulite, there are new procedures like Cellfina that can effectively, reduce the appearance of cellulite dimples.

What exactly is Cellfina?

The Cellfina system is a minimally invasive FDA approved procedure that is clinically proven to reduce cellulite dimples for up to 3 years. The system consists of a small hand-held device with a tiny blade that is used to release the bands of connective tissue that cause cellulite.

Is Cellfina a permanent solution for cellulite?

The skin-smoothing results achieved with Cellfina are not permanent, but they are long-lasting.

Cellfina is FDA cleared to last for 3 years, which is longer than similar cellulite technologies on the market. However, since cellulite is very often genetic it can recur. Cellulite may also return as a consequence of a poor diet and exercise routine, which can lead to an increase in unwanted stores of fat beneath the skin.

In a pivotal US IDE study carried out with Cellfina, 97% of the participants reported seeing an improvement in the appearance of cellulite after a single treatment. The treated patients were followed at regular intervals and at the 3 year mark, 93% of them were still satisfied with their results.

Cellfina is an effective treatment that delivers long-lasting results, because it treats the underlying cause of cellulite, i.e. the fibrous tissue that run through the fat layer.

How does Cellfina work?

Cellfina combines a technique known as subcision with innovative proprietary technology, to release the fibrous bands and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

The dimpled areas being treated are first marked, and then a local anesthetic is applied to enhance comfort during the procedure. After this, the specialized Cellfina device is used to precisely nip the bands of connective tissue beneath the skin. This process smooths out the dimples, giving the skin a taut, firm appearance.

Cellfina is an outpatient procedure that takes less than an hour to complete. Only a single session is needed to get the desired results. Maintenance treatments are not required.

What to expect after Cellfina treatment

Patients may experience minor bruising and soreness after Cellfina, but side-effects usually subside within a few days. There is minimal downtime after treatment, and patients are advised to take it easy for the first 24 hours.

Most people see some reduction in cellulite dimples within 3 days of Cellfina, and improvements may continue for up to 2 months.

If you are looking for an effective long term solution for cellulite on your thighs and buttocks, Cellfina is a quick, virtually pain-free solution. Before Cellfina came along other cellulite solutions lasted 9-12 months, so Cellfina is really a game-changer.

Are you ready to say goodbye to those bothersome cellulite dimples?

If you are in the greater Orange County, CA area, contact South Coast Plastic Surgery, Irvine, CA for a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kyle Song.

Call (949) 949) 701-4454 today to set up an appointment.