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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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.

Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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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

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.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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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

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 Physician
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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!

Susan Van Dyke, MD
Paradise Valley Dermatologic Surgeon
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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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Cellulite, Vaser Smooth, Thermi RF, Cellfina, Fat Transfer, Cellulaze, Subcision, Dimpling

Cellfina is an FDA approved minimally invasive procedure that reduces the appearance of cellulite for at least two years on the buttocks and back of the thighs of women.
It works by releasing the internal bands that cause the cellulite dimpling and so we have not seen any fat atrophy. You should not see much of a difference with weight gain or loss but this also has not been studied.
Other areas of the body with dimpling, it is important to make sure it is truly cellulite before treatment.

It is common to have swelling bruising and firmness after the procedure. This can last for a few weeks.
It is different than Cellulaze which is a laser.
If you have had previous poor results with cellulaze, you can still do Cellfina.
Cellfina has shown 100% noticeable improvement and 96% satisfaction in all patients at 2 years.
Cellfina is designed to be a one time procedure.
It can be used on women with all skin types but caution should be taken if theres a history of keloiding.

It can also be combined with other treatments such as Thermi or
Ulthera if skin tightening is needed.

We have done Sculpsure and Coolsculpting if fat reduction is wanted, but its best to wait 3 months to see the results before proceeding.

It can also be done at the same time as other procedures such as liposuction and BBL or as a stand alone procedure in the office.

Since Cellfina outcomes can be based on technique and experience, please see a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes body contouring to see if Cellfina or other treatments are available to meet your goals.

Take care,

Dr Schwartz
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute

Cellfina and bands

The unique characteristic of the Cellfina system is that the bands are held on tension with the vacuum system so they can be cut completely. Once they are cut the fibers pull apart because they are on stretch and they do not  reattach, which is the difference in this treatment and everything else. The patients that I have treated are very happy and their skin is smoother.  

Ben J. Tittle, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

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