Cellulite is a bothersome cosmetic problem for lots of people, especially women. In fact, 90 percent of women will experience some amount of cellulite at some point in their lives. Fortunately, there is now an effective treatment method called Cellfina™ that can get rid of those dimples without requiring extensive surgery or downtime.
If you have been thinking about scheduling a Cellfina treatment session but still have some questions, read through these five important facts that address some of the most popular Cellfina FAQs.
1. Many People See Excellent Results after One Treatment
If one Cellfina treatment can work wonders, two or three or four will give you even better results, right? That’s not necessarily the case. In fact, most people see great results after a single Cellfina session.
However, the exact number of treatments that will work best for you will depend on a number of factors, including how many dimples you have and how large of an area you would like to treat. For some people, 1 to 3 Cellfina treatments spaced a few weeks apart will produce optimal results.
2. You Don’t Have to Be Overweight to Have Cellulite
Many people have come to believe that cellulite is caused by being overweight. However, that is not true—even very petite people can have this common cosmetic problem. While the exact cause of cellulite is still unknown, we do know that factors like genetics, hormones and age can all affect the likelihood that a person will develop cellulite.
Cellulite happens when fat cells push through the fibrous bands of connective tissue underneath the skin, thus creating the characteristic “orange peel” appearance on the surface. In women, these bands of tissue are arranged vertically, whereas in men, they are crisscrossed. This could explain why significantly more women than men tend to get cellulite.
3. Cellfina Usually Takes a Couple of Hours or Less
One of the greatest benefits of Cellfina is that it is a minimally-invasive treatment that typically only takes a couple hours or less to complete. First, local anesthesia will be applied to the area being treated to keep you comfortable. Then, your provider will use a small needle-like device to release the tight bands of tissue that pull downward and create the uneven appearance on your skin.
There are no stitches involved and little downtime to worry about after your Cellfina appointment.
4. Expect to Have Some Bruising or Tenderness
It’s not uncommon to experience some bruising, swelling or tenderness for the first few days after your Cellfina treatment. Dr. Kaufman may provide you with specific instructions to help with these side effects, such as wearing a special compression garment and avoiding blood-thinning medications and supplements that can worsen bruising.
Most people are able to get back to work and their regular daily activities within 1 to 2 days after Cellfina.
5. You Could See Results in Just a Few Days
Another little-known fact about Cellfina is that many people see a noticeable improvement in the appearance of cellulite within just 3 days and over the next several weeks, you should continue to see improvements in your skin’s texture. Final results could take around 3 months to fully develop. Those results have been shown to last up to 2 or 3 years before a touch-up treatment might be necessary.
Dr. David Kaufman earned a bachelor of science degree from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduating with distinction, the highest academic honor. As an active duty naval special warfare officer, he served our nation for four years, including duty in Operation Desert Storm. He then attended Harvard Medical School, receiving his medical doctor degree in 1996. From there, he entered and completed postdoctoral surgical training in a combined general and plastic surgery residency at Stanford University Medical Center.
A board-certified plastic surgeon and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Kaufman’s diverse surgical experience and skill enables him to choose procedures and techniques to best suit each patient. Consider him and his practice, Kaufman Plastic Surgery, if you are looking for a plastic surgeon in the Sacramento area.