Cellfina™ Treatments for Cellulite

Cellfina™ is the only long-term, FDA approved method of addressing the underlying structural cause of cellulite. One treatment will significantly improve textural irregularities of the thighs and buttocks.


What Is Cellfina™?

What Is CellfinaCellfina™ improves the appearance of cellulite on the thighs and buttocks for at least 2-3 years. The advanced technology releases the subcutaneous tissue, or the connective bands, that cause dimpling. This softens the appearance of cellulite.

Cellfina™ is not meant to be a weight loss solution, rather patients should be at their goal weight for optimal results.


What is Cellulite?

Cellulite, or adiposis edematosa, is the dimpling effect on the skin of the thighs and buttocks due to herniation of subcutaneous fat in fibrous tissue. These connective fibers located underneath the skin’s surface pull down on the skin, creating a dimpled appearance.

There are many causes of cellulite, including hormonal changes, slow metabolism, lack of physical activity, genetics, or the thickness of your skin. Cellulite also worsens with age as women’s bodies produce less estrogen, which helps with blood flow. Poor blood circulation can lead to a decrease in the production of collagen and breakdown of old connective tissue.

Cellulite is only apparent in women. Men do not experience it because their fibrous tissue pattern lays flat against the muscle. Women have vertical fibrous tissue, which is more prone to cellulite formation since it pulls down on the skin. Cellulite can be apparent on women of any size and shape. The more fat underneath your skin, the more likely there will be more stress on your connective tissue. However, even lean women may still experience stubborn cellulite dimples that do not go away with diet or exercise.


How Does Cellfina™ Work?

Cellfina™ uses a sterile, single-use disposable kit to treat connective bands intertwined within the fat that pulls on the skin. The specialized hand-held device uses subcision to force these connective bands to fray and release, allowing the skin to relax and smooth. The results will become apparent after the bruising and swelling have subsided. This can be compared to a rubber band being stretched. When released, it returns to its normal relaxed state. A Cellfina™ treatment should not cause increased skin laxity.

Cellfina™ vs. Liposuction & Other Fat Removal Procedures

Liposuction and other similar procedures will eliminate fat deposits; however, they do not solve the underlying problem that causes cellulite. Often, liposuction may worsen the appearance of cellulite because the removal of fat causes more dimpling of the skin. Cellfina™, is the only long-term, FDA approved method of addressing the underlying structural cause of cellulite.


Cellfina™ vs. Cellulite Removing Creams

No topical cream, prescription, or over-the-counter product has been proven to permanently reduce the appearance of cellulite. Retinol can provide temporary relief by creating thicker skin, but this is merely camouflage. The only way to confidently eliminate cellulite is to address its structural cause, which Cellfina™ does.

Areas on the Body That Can Be Treated by Cellfina™

Cellfina™ is designed for use on cellulite located on upper thighs, lower thighs, and buttocks. As of now, these are the only FDA-approved treatment areas on the body. The number of depression sites treated will depend on the patient’s size and the severity of depressions.


Ideal Candidates for Cellfina™

Ideal Candidates for CellfinaIdeal candidates for Cellfina™ treatment are healthy women who have cellulite depressions in the thighs or buttocks. Cellfina™ is not right for those with active skin infections, varicose veins on the treatment area, diabetes, pregnancy, taking blood thinning medications, and morbid obesity.


Pre-Treatment Preparation

When preparing for your treatment it’s important to follow all instructions that you receive to ensure beautiful, lasting results.

  1. Anti-inflammatory medications and herbal supplements should be discontinued 2 weeks prior to your treatment as well as after because they increase the amount of bleeding.
  2. You should bathe with an antibacterial soap the day of the procedure.
  3. You will be awake for the procedure. Most women experience little pain or discomfort during the procedure. We recommend that patients bring headphones or an iPad so that they can listen to music during the procedure.

Further individual instructions may be given depending on your specific case.


Treatment Process

The procedure will take between one to two hours and is performed in the office. On the day of your procedure, Dr. Bajaj will mark the dimpled spots on the thighs and buttocks. After the areas are properly marked, the skin is cleaned and prepped with betadine.

Once the procedure begins, the skin is suction-stabilized to so that the area is taut and fibrous tissue is reachable. A local anesthetic is administered to the treatment areas to numb the skin. The pocket-sized Cellfina™ handpiece is then used on the taut areas, using a subcision technique to reach the pulled fibrous tissue just below the skin and release the bands. Sterile gauze pads are held on the treatment sites with bandaging or compression garment following the procedure.


Postoperative Care and Results

Some patients may experience slight discomfort, but this can easily be controlled with acetaminophen. A compression garment will be placed around your buttocks and thighs and should be worn for the first two weeks after treatment. You may experience some drainage from the incision sites for the first 24 hours.

Bruising and swelling are common for up to two weeks after treatment. You may also experience minimal discomfort when pressure is applied on the treatment site for the first month. You should be able to resume full normal activities following the first week.

Final results from a Cellfina™ treatment are visible after the bruising subsides and last for up to two-three years, though some patients have reported their results lasting longer.


Schedule a Cellfina™ Consultation

Cellfina™ is an individualized procedure. Treatment will be individualized based on your body type and extent of apparent dimpling. To learn more about Cellfina, please schedule an appointment at Bajaj Plastic Surgery by calling 405-810-8448.