Why are there some people that get bad results after Cellfina?
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Bad results with Cellfina?
Patient selection is critical with Cellfina. A patient must have discrete dimples that can be targeted with the Cellfina device. Cellfina uses a very small blade to sever the fibrous bands that result in the puckered appearance of cellulite. If a patient has loose skin or is more concerned with a general "waviness" of skin from laxity, the Cellfina will not be effective. Also, Cellfina is most effective when used on the FDA-cleared areas of the buttock and posterior thigh. Our office has seen extremely impressive results with the procedure, but we perform a thorough examination of the area under different types of lighting to ensure for proper patient selection.
One of the most important aspects of treatment is assessment. Choosing the right patient for a treatment is an absolute necessity to ensure optimal outcomes. Cellfina is highly effective in treating primary cellulite, which results from fibrous bands pulling down on the skin and creating a dimpled appearance. However, many patients have a different form of cellulite which results from textural irregularity. Providers who attempt to treat textural cellulite with Cellfina will not yield great results, because there are no fibrous bands to target. There are also areas that need to be avoided when using Cellfina, such as the banana roll area directly under the gluteal crease. Treatment in this area could potentially lead to worsened contour. There are areas that need to be avoided and some forms of cellulite that should not be treated with Cellfina. However, when Cellfina is used in the right areas on appropriate candidates, we have found it to be a highly effective device. As always, an in person consultation with your provider is the best way to ensure optimal outcomes.
Cellfina is great but sometimes correction cannot be complete
It depends by what you mean as a "bad" result. If you still have a crease under the buttock or a banana roll on the upper thigh that is because Cellfina cannot be used in those areas. Sometimes, in cases of very severe cellulite, it is simply not safe to try and remove all of the dimples because it might create wound complications. It's always best to discuss this with your doctor.
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The results from Cellfina depend on several factors. The first and most important one is treating dimples that are likely to respond well, and that requires a good understanding of the anatomy that leads to cellulite. Matching expectations to what can realistically be achieved is also key. Make sure that in your consultation your Plastic Surgeon spends the time to evaluate you well and you will be much more likely to achieve a 'successful' outcome.
Not exactly sure obviously, but certainly lack of training and lack of surgical experience come into play. I was fortunate enough to get trained by my senior partner who has had it for several years, and I had 8 years of intense surgical training under my belt, so some basic surgical concepts that I know, are not grasped by nonsurgeons. Not trying to toot my own horn, but training makes a difference. My patients have had zero pain and minimal bruising with outstanding results. And if they didn't I would offer them a revision. It's important to truly understand the background of your treating doctor