Why is Cellfina the Most Effective Cellulite Treatment?

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.

Have a Cellulite-Free Spring with Cellfina

By the time February rolls around, most of us can’t wait for springtime to begin. If you have visible cellulite, however, you’re probably dreading the return of “shorts weather”. If you’re one of these people, we have good news for you: All of that is about change. Cellfina, a revolutionary new cellulite treatment that was approved by the FDA in 2015, can virtually eliminate cellulite in the vast majority of patients. Better still, this procedure involves no surgery whatsoever. Patients who have Cellfina can return to all of their normal activities immediately after their procedure.

How Does Cellfina Work?

Cellfina uses a novel cellulite treatment technique known as “controlled subcision.” During this procedure, a special applicator is applied to the patient’s skin in order to stretch the fibrous bands that cause the skin to pucker. Once the bands have been elongated, very fine needles are used to separate and “release” them. This relaxes them so that they no longer have the ability to create dimples and bulges in the skin.

Because the needles used during Cellfina are very thin, this procedure is not usually painful. Patients may experience mild burning or tingling sensations (similar to the feelings produced by acupuncture), but these will quickly resolve once the procedure is complete. Recovery from Cellfina is as easy as waiting several days for any residual redness to subside. Few patients experience any lingering soreness after having Cellfina, but if you do, you should be able to get rid of your symptoms by taking an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, like Advil.

How Effective is Cellfina?

Cellfina is the most effective cellulite treatment available on the market today, according to preliminary studies. One American study of 55 patients who elected to have just one Cellfina treatment found that an astounding 98% of participants enjoyed a substantial reduction in their cellulite symptoms within the first year after treatment. Furthermore, this study showed that the participants’ results continued to improve over time. By year two, close to 100 percent of the people who elected to have Cellfina said they were very satisfied with the results of this procedure.

Like all cosmetic procedures, Cellfina does have some limitations. It may not be capable of treating very severe cellulite with one single treatment session. Patients with grade four or grade five cellulite may need to have more than one Cellfina appointment. It is also recommended that patients with severe cellulite look into complementary procedures, such as laser therapy, to further improve the appearance of their thighs and buttocks.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Cellfina?

Cellfina patients should have moderate to severe cellulite. Mild cellulite can usually be treated with less costly procedures than Cellfina. Additionally, you should be aware that if you are obese, this treatment may not work as well on you. Cellfina patients are usually advised to lose any excess weight they have prior to having this procedure.

Most people make good candidates for this procedure thanks to its noninvasive nature. However, people with bleeding disorders, active cancer, or severely compromised immune systems may be unable to have Cellfina. If you have an active health condition, you should talk to your doctor before having any cosmetic procedure performed. Furthermore, if you take Aspirin or any other blood thinning medication on a regular basis, you will need to discontinue your medication at least two weeks before having Cellfina.

How Long Do the Results of Cellfina Last?

Cellfina is thought to be a permanent or semi-permanent treatment for most patients. Once the fibrous bands beneath the skin are separated, they will not heal back together, meaning that cellulite treated by Cellfina cannot come back. However, lifestyle factors can sometimes lead to the development of new cellulite symptoms years after having Cellfina. As we age, for example, our levels of collagen greatly decrease, and the loss of this skin-firming compound often leads to worsening cellulite symptoms. Significant weight gain (in excess of 30 pounds) can also accentuate the appearance of cellulite by placing additional stress on the skin. However, if either of these things occur, you should be able to return to your cosmetic surgeon’s office and have another Cellfina treatment.

Put Some Spring in Your Step With Cellfina

When combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise program, Cellfina can help you look and feel better than you ever have before. If you’re tired of feeling self-conscious every time you slip into a bathing suit or pair of shorts, why not give Cellfina a try? The results will almost certainly surprise you.

Have Your Best Year Yet in 2018 With These Procedures

When we look great, we feel great—that’s why having cosmetic procedures can be the best way start a new year on the right foot. But with all of the options we have to choose from where skincare and anti-aging are concerned, it can be hard to know which treatments offer the best overall value. That’s why we’ve put together the following list of our favorite rejuvenation techniques; if you’re interested in overhauling your look, these four procedures are the perfect place to start.

The 4 Top Cosmetic Procedures for the New Year

  1. Cellfina.

Cellulite: Approximately 90% of us have it, but none of us like it. Fortunately, over the last decade, an extremely effective (and minimally invasive) cellulite treatment system known as Cellfina has been developed. During Cellfina, very thin needles (too thin to cause significant pain) are inserted below the dermis via a special applicator. A cosmetic surgeon uses these needles to separate and “release” the fibrous septae below the skin. Once these connective tissues are divided, they no longer have the ability to create puckers in the skin… And as a result, all of the patient’s unsightly pits and dimples dissapear.

Cellfina boasts a 96% satisfaction rate (based on reports gathered from patients two years after they had this procedure) and it’s ideal for treating moderate to severe cellulite. However, in cases of especially severe cellulite, Cellfina may not create a 100% reduction in visible symptoms. Patients can, however, have multiple Cellfina appointments and/or pair Cellfina with other complementary skin-firming procedures to enhance their results.

  1. CoolSculpting.

Once upon a time, the idea of being able to remove stubborn fat deposits without surgery would have sounded like a fantasy. Thankfully, technology has come a long way since those days, and today we can opt for noninvasive fat removal treatments like CoolSculpting. They’re convenient (as they require no healing time), usually relatively painless, and fairly affordable. What’s more, they work: CoolSculpting has been proven to remove 24% of the fat cells from treated areas.

During CoolSculpting, a special applicator is applied to the patient’s skin. While keeping the skin comfortably warm, it administers deep cold to the subcutaneous fat cells found below the dermis. This damages the fat cells enough that the body cannot repair them; instead, it gradually excretes them via the liver and lymphatic system. (This is a completely normal, natural process and you will not feel it happening.) As a result, the patient will notice areas where they had CoolSculpting applied getting progressively trimmer over the two months after they complete their treatment sessions.

Keep in mind, however, that no fat removal treatment (surgical or nonsurgical) is able to act as a total weight loss solution. You will need to use diet and exercise to get within 25-30 pounds of your goal weight before using cosmetic fat removal procedures. CoolSculpting and other fat removal treatments are ideal for patients who are a healthy weight, but who need “spot fat reduction” on their abdomen, back, flanks, arms, etc.

  1. BOTOX®.

BOTOX® is a cosmetic classic for a reason: It can quickly and painlessly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by temporarily relaxing the muscles that are responsible for creating “dynamic” wrinkles. (Dynamic wrinkles are caused directly by the creasing of the skin, whereas static wrinkles are imprinted lines in the skin that form over time due to collagen loss.) BOTOX® is very low-risk and unlikely to cause adverse reactions, and when it’s applied by a skilled clinician, it will not affect your ability to make facial expressions. What it will do, however, is make you look about five years younger.

  1. Dermal Fillers.

For all of those nasty static wrinkles that BOTOX® alone can’t get rid of, there are dermal fillers like Juvéderm®. Dermal fillers are made of viscous gel-like compounds (usually hyaluronic acid, a regenerative substance that’s naturally found in the human body) that can literally “fill in” facial lines. Dermal fillers can also be used to fill in hollows under the cheeks, correct imperfections in the nose, fill out the lips, and fill in acne scars. They are, in short, highly versatile—and very safe. If you want an effective anti-aging solution that doesn’t require going “under the knife,” then dermal fillers are probably for you.

Because the four procedures above require no “downtime” in which to heal, they provide a great way to start improving your appearance during the busy holiday season. So, what are you waiting for—why not book a consultation today?

Let Freedom Ring: Free Yourself from Dimpled Skin with Cellfina

Cellulite is one of the most common—and most frustrating—aesthetic issues that women face. Cellulite can strike anyone, whether they’re young or old, thin or heavy, sedentary or crazy about fitness. In fact, these embarrassing dimples (which most frequently occur on the thighs and buttocks) are estimated to affect more than 85% of adult women… And up until recently, there was precious little most of them could do about it. Unfortunately, while maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in regular exercise can reduce the severity of cellulite, it’s seldom able to truly get rid of it. This is because cellulite is caused by genetic factors, not lifestyle.

The 2014 introduction of Cellfina, an effective cosmetic treatment for cellulite, has therefore been heralded as revolutionary by many sufferers. While a few cosmetic procedures have attempted to tackle cellulite in the past, most of them were only able to temporarily relieve mild to moderate cases. Cellfina, on the other hand, works on most patients who are a healthy weight and produces more lasting results (Cellfina can greatly reduce the appearance of cellulite for two years or more). A preliminary study of 55 Cellfina patients revealed that 99 percent of those treated experience significant improvements in the appearance of their cellulite within the first year following treatment. Unsurprisingly, this led to a reported satisfaction rate of 94 percent. In other words, there’s finally a way to safely and easily free ourselves from unsightly lumps and bumps on our skin.

What Makes Cellfina Different From Other Cellulite Treatments?

Cellfina is more effective than other cosmetic treatments for cellulite (like radio frequency and laser-based procedures) because it can actually change the underlying structure of cellulite. Cellfina treatments gently release the septae, which are fibrous bands that exist beneath the skin. It’s these tissues that are responsible for pulling the skin down and creating the signature “puckered” appearance of cellulite. By releasing them, Cellfina causes the skin to become much smoother, allowing patients to wear swimsuits and shorts with confidence.

Better still, Cellfina is a minimally invasive procedure, meaning that it causes little pain and does not require extensive healing time. Most women who undergo Cellfina treatments are advised to wear a supportive garment and avoid strenuous activities for a week; after this, they can resume their usual routine.

If you’re looking for a simple but highly effective way to get your body beach-ready this summer, you should look no further than Cellfina. If you’re a cellulite sufferer, Cellfina can free you from dimpled skin for years to come. Contact Ritacca Laser Center for your Cellfina consultation today.



Non Surgical Body Sculpting: Do CoolSculpting & Cellfina Really Work?

Many consumers have researched or seen ads for non surgical body sculpting treatments. Whether it be flatter abs, smaller thighs, or cellulite reduction, many feel that achieving these goals will improve confidence and self-esteem. Sometimes diet and exercise alone are not enough. There is a variety of surgical body contouring treatments available such as liposuction which is often gold standard, but there are also a variety of efficacious non-surgical treatments available for those not ready for surgery or who are not surgical candidates. Coolsculpting is one of the most popular non-surgical treatments for fat reduction and contouring as is Cellfina for cellulite reduction. But how do they work and what kind of results can one expect?

Freeze Away Fat with Coolsculpting Non Surgical Body Sculpting

non surgical body sculpting with coolsculpting

Coolsculpting has been clinically proven to contour and eliminate fat cells by painlessly freezing away fat in a process called cryolipolysis. An applicator is noninvasively applied to the area of treatment with a suctioning vacuum that draws in the tissue where a cooling system then freezes the fat cells. The frozen fat cells then shatter and are naturally eliminated by the lymphatic system. Common areas treated are the abdomen, love handles, bra bulge, inner & outer thighs, arms, and the submental area, also known as the double chin.

coolsculpting before and after

The treatment takes approximately 35 mins to 45 mins for each area. There is no downtime with Coolsculpting and one can return to their normal activities immediately post treatment. New applicators have been designed that make treatments more comfortable while also covering a large surface area. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa was one of the first centers in Illinois to offer these new CoolAdvantage applicators. A single session eliminates on average 20%-25% of the fat cells in the area treated. Some patients may start to see results as early as 4 weeks after treatment but it can take around 12 weeks to see optimal results. Additional treatments can be performed for further reduction and contouring. Coolsculpting has an 83% patient satisfaction rate on RealSelf which is a website dedicated to patient and physician feedback and questions. Once the fat cells are eliminated they are gone for good.

Cellfina Non Surgical Body Sculpting and Cellulite Removal

cellulite reduction cellfina before and after

Cellfina is the only FDA approved minimally invasive cellulite treatment that can reduce the appearance of cellulite with results that last at least 2 years making it the longest duration cleared by the FDA. Cellfina targets the structural cause of cellulite, which are the bands woven throughout the fat causing them to release and remove the dimpling. Cellfina only takes about 45 minutes to an hour depending on the amount of dimples being treated. During a treatment, the dimples are marked then pulled tight with suction putting the bands in an optimal position for treatment. A local anesthetic is injected and the bands are released leaving the skin smoother and tighter. There is minimal downtime after Cellfina. Your provider will go over post care instructions with you which may include wearing a compression garment after treatment and refraining from strenuous working out. Results can be apparent directly after treatment but will continue to improve over time. Cellfina has a high patient satisfaction rate on RealSelf of 89%. During a clinical study, 100% of Cellfina patients had noticeable improvement based on the global aesthetic improvement scale and also had a 96% patient satisfaction rate at 2 years.

Non Surgical Body Sculpting in North Chicago

Whether your goal is to reduce abdominal fat, love handles or decrease cellulite both Coolsculpting and Cellfina are non surgical body sculpting treatments with a high patient satisfaction rate. If you are looking to feel more comfortable in your clothes and confident in your body non surgical body sculpting could be right for you!

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Cellulite Reduction: Destroying Those Dreaded Dimples

According to an article in Scientific American, 90% of women and 10% of men are affected by cellulite, the appearance of dimpling and fat pockets that can be found along the knees, thighs and butt region.  It is sometimes referred to as a cottage cheese or orange peel syndrome. Cellulite is thought to be caused by a number of factors such as diet, genetics, hormones, and lifestyle factors such as lack of physical activity and tight clothing that constrict circulation.

Many of us dread bathing suit season and have tried endless home remedies, creams, and treatments to improve the appearance of cellulite.  This article takes a look into treatments that are offered and how well they hold up against one another.

How to Get Rid of Cellulite:  What works and what doesn’t?



Some cellulite treatments are based on massage targeted to increase blood flow and promote lymphatic flow. There are a number of handheld cellulite massaging devices and rollers available at most major beauty stores.  According to the Mayo Clinic, the results may offer some improvement but the results are typically short lived.


Cellulite Cream

There are countless numbers of creams on the market containing different herbs, vitamins, and ingredients that are said to reduce cellulite. Creams that contain caffeine may produce a temporary tightening effect and some that contain vitamin A may help thicken the outer layer of skin over time. According to Web MD, there is no scientific evidence that creams are effective and pose a risk for skin reactions and a danger to people with circulatory problems.


Lasers and Radiofrequency systems

Body FX delivers radiofrequency energy at deep and superficial levels in conjunction with a vacuum system to treat the fibrous attachments that cause cellulite. This treatment is non-invasive and has no downtime. Typically a series of treatments is required and with this method results may last up to 6 months.

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This new minimally invasive procedure is clinically shown and FDA cleared to treat and keep away cellulite for 2 years.  This single outpatient procedure offers minimal downtime and is performed in about an hour by a physician.  Cellfina treats the structural cause of cellulite, the bands woven throughout the fat.  The bands are injected with a numbing agent then treated providing results in as little as 3 days. In Cellfina’s clinical trials the procedure had a 96% patient satisfaction rate at 2 years.

The Mayo Clinic, Web MD, and Medical News today all commonly reported that eating a healthy and balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising regularly are important in the prevention of cellulite. Medical News Today also suggested wearing looser fitting undergarments that do not constrict circulation for prevention.

                         cellfina before and after cellulite reduction


At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills, we offer the most innovative and efficacious treatments available to our patients for cosmetic enhancements and aesthetic rejuvenation. The latest technology provides the best results, and we’re dedicated to providing these results to you. If you are interested in Cellfina or BodyFX for cellulite reduction, we invite you to join us for a complimentary consultation in our medical spa serving the greater Chicago area.  We can’t wait to meet you!