How invasive is Cellfina?

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More information about 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

How invasive is Cellfina?

Thank you for your question. Cellfina is a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anesthesia, this involves making small puncture sites to cut the bands that causes cellulite. Expect to have some mild bruising and swelling afterwards. Some patients are able to drive themselves and continue with their day without any problems, mild tenderness and bruising is common for a few days or even a couples weeks.

All the best,

Carlos Mata MD, MBA, FACS

Board-certified plastic surgeon


Cellfina is minimally invaisive.

Cellfina is the only minimally invasive treatment for the dimples associated with cellulite. Unlike other cellulite treatments, maintenance treatments are not required. In terms of "how invasive is it?" the procedure is performed while you are awake with local anesthesia and a small needle with a blade on the end of it is used to puncture the skin and release the dimples. After the procedure you will need to wear tight spandex like spanks and there can be variable amounts of bruising that resolves over a period of 1-3 weeks depending on how quickly your body resolves bruising.

I hope this helps!

Dr. Quenby Erickson


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Cellfina treatment for Cellulite

Hello and thank you for the question. The Cellfina process is minimally invasive. The process goes as follows:  The areas of interest are identified and marked. Next the Cellfina device is applied to each individual area which is initially numbed with a local anesthetic.  Once numb, a special cutting needle is inserted into the tissue and the cellulite fibrous bands causing the skin dimpling are released. The entire process is done on an outpatient basis, and takes about an hour. Cellfina is very well tolerated, in general.Best of luck !Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS

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How invasive is Cellfina?

Cellfina is generally a considered a minimally invasive procedure when compared to a surgical procedure and is performed under local anesthesia. A needle is used to infuse local anesthetic. The first needle poke may sting, but the local anesthetic diffuses past the needle. In this manner the second needle poke is performed into a numbed area and so shouldn't hurt. The treated area is fully numbed in this manner. The actual treatment is done with a micro late which makes a tiny poke through the skin and slides 3 or 6 mm underneath. The micro blade is placed into the numbed areas and should not be painful. Overall, then, patients should feel one or two needle pokes - the remainder are done in numbed areas and the treatment is done in a numbed area. Afterwards, there can be some mild bruising and swelling. Some patients experience some tenderness when they sit for a couple of days and have mild bruising. The vast majority of our patients go to work the next day.

Cellfina is minimally invasive

Cellfina is done with local anesthesia and small puncture sites to cut the bands that cause cellulite. Most of my patients drive themselves home after the procedure and can go back to work the next day. There is some bruising and swelling as would be expected from cutting the bands.

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Cellfina in office procedure for Cellulite...

Thank you for your question.  Cellfina is a minimally invasive procedure performed in the office under local anesthesia.  Patients return home and to normal activity immediately after the procedure.  We have had wonderful success with this procedure for dimple cellulite and patients have tolerated it well and love the outcomes.  Regards, Dr. Matt Elias

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Cellulite, Vaser Smooth, Thermi RF, Cellfina, Fat Transfer, Cellulaze, Subcision, Dimpling, Sculpsure, Coolsculpting

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,

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Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute

Cellfina - minimally invasive, minimal discomfort, high reward

Cellfina should be performed by a surgeon familiar with the tumescent anesthesia technique - meaning using dilute amounts of lidocaine anesthesia to provide superior numbing to the Cellfina treatment area.  When administered properly during the Cellfina treatment, discomfort is minimal during numbing and nonexistent during the micro blade release portion of the procedure.  Our patients typically rate the most uncomfortable portion of the procedure as a "2" out of a 1-10 pain scale.

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