Up until recently, cellulite was considered a life sentence. While there were a few treatment options available that could reduce its visible symptoms, there was no way to truly get rid of the unsightly dimples and bulges that are the hallmark of cellulite. Fortunately, with the introduction of Cellfina, all of that has changed.
What is Cellulite?
In the past, most cellulite treatments focused on reducing fat in affected areas and stimulating collagen production, often with the use of a specialized laser. While this approach does help many patients, it doesn’t always produce profound and lasting results. The fat cells that are destroyed by laser treatments never come back—and that’s a big bonus—but we now understand that fat isn’t what actually causes cellulite. Instead, fat just accentuates the appearance of cellulite by placing additional stress on the skin.
The real cause of cellulite can be found just below the skin, in the lower layers of the dermis. Within these layers, there are bands of connective tissue known as fibrous septae. When these fibrous septae are both even and strong, the result is cellulite-free skin. However, this rarely occurs. More often than not, these fibrous bands have an uneven consistency. They’ll be tight and strong in some areas, while being loose and weak in others. Where they’re tight, the skin is pulled close to subcutaneous fatty deposits, creating dimples. Where they’re weak, the skin protrudes outward, creating bulges. This issue is so common that researchers estimate that 90 percent of women (and, more surprisingly, 10 percent of men) have visible cellulite.
This explains why cellulite tends to get worse with age: The fibrous septae, like all parts of the skin, are primarily made up of collagen. As collagen levels decrease (a process that begins around age 30 and continues for the rest of one’s life), the number of weak bands of connective tissue increases. Furthermore, collagen distribution becomes more uneven as we get older. What collagen we have starts to “clump together” in some areas while being largely absent from others. This greatly exacerbates problems with skin tone and texture all over the body and creates more apparent patches of cellulite.
What Makes Cellfina Unique?
Unlike other treatments, which aim to minimize the symptoms of cellulite, Cellfina gets right to its root cause. During Cellfina, ultra-thin needles (think acupuncture needles, but more rigid and precise) are used to pierce the bands of fibrous septae in strategic locations. This causes overly tight bands to “release” and exert less of a pull on the skin above them. As a result, dimples vanish and the skin becomes smoother and more even overall. Additionally, like most minimally invasive procedures, Cellfina activates the body’s healing response. The body realizes it’s being “invaded” by something foreign to itself (the Cellfina needles), so it sends a surge of collagen to the treated areas. This combats the effects of aging and creates firmer, more robust skin.
It’s important to understand that because Cellfina is very safe and minimally invasive, you can combine it with fat reducing treatments if you also wish to target fat deposits on your thighs, buttocks, and flanks. Talk to your cosmetic surgeon about which procedures he or she recommends for use alongside Cellfina.
What sets Cellfina apart from other cellulite treatments besides amazing results? The money back guarantee!
How Effective is Cellfina?
Cellfina isn’t just effective for a cellulite treatment—it boasts one of the highest patient satisfaction ratings out of all nonsurgical procedures. According to a preliminary study that was conducted to gauge the efficacy of Cellfina before it was approved for use, an incredible 98 percent of patients reported experiencing a significant reduction in cellulite levels. These results were found to be stable even two years after the patients’ initial treatment. In simpler terms, Cellfina works for practically everyone. Some patients with extremely severe cellulite may have to attend two Cellfina appointments instead of one (or, better still, combine Cellfina with other proven cellulite treatments), but achieving beautiful results is almost always possible.
Cellfina has been approved by the FDA and is safe for use on healthy patients with a BMI under 30. It’s generally painless, too, thanks to the fact that local anesthesia is used to prevent any stinging from the needles. Like acupuncture needles, the needles used during Cellfina are too thin to cause lasting soreness, swelling, or bruising.
There’s never been an easier, more convenient way to get rid of one of the most common—and most embarrassing—aesthetic issues. This year, get ready for swimsuit season with Cellfina.