What happens to the "bands" released during cellfina?

Hello I am looking at information for cellfina and I see that during the procedure a "band" is released into the skin. What happens to that band overtime? Does it disintegrate? What is the bands material?

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What happens to the "bands"?

The bands are made of fibrous material which run from the skin to the underlying muscles. When they are released by Cellfina, the bands no longer exist as bands. They become incorporated into the surrounding tissue. The skin springs back into a normal position correcting the dimpling of cellulite

Paramus Plastic Surgeon
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Cellulite bands

The bands, once cut, are simply no longer connected.  They are made of intertwined fibrous collagen fibers.  It's not like the bands snap back like a rubber band and are free floating in the skin, which is what I believe you are imagining.  The band does not disintegrate.  The hope is that the two ends, once cut, do not connect and are unable to provide such a tethering effect on the overlying skin.  Also, the bands are cut at a depth in the skin of 0.5 to 1 cm, so not very deep.  

Cain R. Linville, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Cellfina candidate or not

Cellfina is great for cellulite, once the bands are cut they are released into the tissue and integrate back into your body without any negative affect on the skin or tissue below.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 191 reviews

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About Treating Cellulite with Cellfina

Cellfina is the newest, most effective FDA approved technology available for treating cellulite. This one-time, minimally invasive procedure takes only 45 minutes to perform, but the results last for a minimum of two years. #Cellfina has the longest lasting results of any current #cellulite treatment. Its approval rate is over 93% here on RealSelf.
Used on #moderate to #severe cellulite of the buttock and thighs, Cellfina works by treating the rubber-band-like connective tissue that causes cellulite. When these “rubber bands” under the skin are cut, the fat trapped underneath in dimples “snaps” back into place, creating a full, smooth appearance.
There is no cutting and no incisions. To perform this controlled, precise, and safe procedure, a vacuum hand piece is placed over the dimpled tissue through which the surgeon will deliver a local anesthetic. Then a small, needle-like #microblade is inserted to release the fibrous bands, the cause of cellulite. Results can be seen in as little as three days post-op. Most patients report some soreness, tenderness, and bruising, which should #resolve within a week. 90% of patients reported no bruising after one month. To ensure the best results, a compressive garment should be worn for 2 weeks post-treatment. Seek more information to learn if you are candidate for #Cellfina by consulting with a board-certified Plastic Surgeon.  

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Cellfina - Connective Bands?

Treatment with Cellfina involves releasing the connective tissue bands that pull the skin and create the dimpling appearance of cellulite. Once these bands are released, the skin is able to bounce back to a smoother appearance. The bands, which are primarily made of collagen, then reintegrate within the tissue. To see if Cellfina is right for you, consult a board-certified plastic surgeon near you for a consultation appointment. Good luck in your research!

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Candidate for Cellfina

Your cellulite problem is a common one. Fortunately, finally there are effective ways to minimize this problem. Perhaps the least invasive one is  Cellfina™. Cellfina is the only FDA-cleared minimally invasive, one-time procedure clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite for at least two years—the longest FDA-cleared duration for a cellulite treatment. A straightforward solution to cellulite, Cellfina™, combines a proven approach with innovative, proprietary technology, to produce precise, long-lasting results and has a high satisfaction rating on RealSelf. Together with Velashape 3, a non invasive procedure to help "shrink wrap the skin" and further minimize cellulite as a combination treatment is perhaps your best chance for taking care of this tough problem. Cellulaze is also a possible treatment but much more invasive

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Cellfina breaks up bands in cellfina

Cellfina releases the collagen bands but collagen is a normal component of our dermis, the infrastructure of our skin. The collagen remains, but just not in a vertical bands that continues to pull the surface of the skin down. Once released, the tension doesn't exist and the skin remains at a more even level across its surface given a smoother appearance.

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#Cellfina treats the main cause of #cellulite

Cellulite is dimpling of the skin of the thighs and buttocks caused by fibrous tissue bands that tether the skin to underlying tissue.  Successful  treatment "releases" the fibrous bands that are pulling on the tissue causing the puckering of the surface.  These are normal structures that retract (imagine cutting a rubber band, both ends pull away from each other).  The remnant fibrous tissue serves no purpose and would be reabsorbed.  The skin is then free to smooth out as nature intended!

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The bands should incorporate in the surrounding tissues after release.  The surrounding areas should soften in appearance after the band is released.

Cellulite bands

The bands that are cut during the cellfina procedure are left in place.  They are connective tissue that is normal in the body.  It remains there.

Marilyn Pelias, MD
New Orleans General Surgeon
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