The structural nature of cellulite makes it particularly challenging to treat. Luckily, the introduction of new technology has provided an answer to people of all different shapes and sizes. Cellfina® is currently the only minimally-invasive, FDA-cleared procedure that can reduce the structural cause of cellulite.
Using a small, needle-like device inserted in the affected area, Cellfina releases a tiny amount of local anesthesia. Once the area is numb, a delicate microblade snips the fibrous bands under the skin that create the dimple-like effect, resulting in smooth, cellulite-free skin.
Unlike topical solutions or lasers that can reduce the appearance of cellulite, Cellfina targets the structural cause. The most dramatic results are on the thighs and buttocks, but it can be used effectively anywhere. While the procedure can be done year round, we advise our patients to consider Cellfina in the winter months. In colder temperatures, “clothing is concealing, and activities such as outdoor sports and sun exposure are at a minimum,” says Dr. Patricia Wexler, making recovery easier.
What to Expect
Length of Procedure
Cellfina is normally a 45-minute in-office procedure.
Skin will be visibly smoother and dimple-free 2 weeks after the procedure (once bruising and swelling subside). Results can last 3 years or more.
Because Cellfina uses local anesthesia and is minimally-invasive, you should be able to return to many of your activities the next day. The majority of patients, however, feel sore and have bruising after the procedure, though these side effects are usually quick to resolve. Talk to your dermatologist about aftercare that will fit into your lifestyle.
Number of Treatments
One treatment per region is usually all it takes for long-lasting improvement. Your doctor can advise you on how many treatments you may need to get your desired results.