Celfina procedure; is the numbing medication put in just one area of the buttock or each area that is treated?

When numbing for the Celfina procedure is the numbing medication put in just one area of the buttuck or each area that is treated? Meaning: Is the numbing medication put in on both the right & left butt cheek, top bottom and back of legs etc.

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Thank you for your question. During the Cellfina treatment, each area treated will be numb from local anesthesia. A treatment area is the immediate area around the cellulite.

Cellfina Procedure

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The Cellfina System uses a specialized device with a small needle to administer the anesthetic solution in each treatment area. The number of treatment areas depends on the number of cellulite dimples a patient wants to address with Cellfina. While patients do feel a small pinch during this part of the procedure, the remaining steps of treatment should be painless. Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon regarding your individual treatment plan. Good luck in your research!

Cellfina anaesthesia: type of anaesthesia

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Cellfina anaesthesia: type of anaesthesiaThere 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.  The anesthesia is used in every place that the release is performed

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.

Numbing for Cellfina

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Yes, we inject 8cc of tumescent into each area that will be treated. This takes effect very quickly, and the rest of the procedure should be quite painless. Best of luck!#cellfina  #numbing  #cellulite

Cellfina / Cellulite Reduction/ Liposuction/ Skin Tightening / BBL/ High Definition Procedures

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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.
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.  Each area treated will be numb from local anesthesia. A treatment area is the immediate area around the cellulite.

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

Celfina procedure; is the numbing medication put in just one area of the buttock or each area that is treated?

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Every area that is treated needs to be anesthetized for your comfort. The good news is that once the first injection is performed, we try to place the second injection beginning in the first area teated so that it is more comfortable. Patients tolerate the procedure quite well. Good luck!

Local Anesthesia is Required for Each Atea Treated With Cellfina

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Hello and thank-you for your question. 

Cellfina is the latest break though for the treatment of cellulite. The treatment targets the fibrous bands which are the source of the dimpling in cellulite.  Cellfina is a minimally invasive treatment performed in the office. Each areantreated is numbed with local anestheia.

We are seeing an extremely high level of satisfaction for our patients treated with Cellfina. The investigational studies for Cellfina have just been released and have shown an impressive patient satisfaction rate of 85% at 3 months, 94% at one year and 96% at 3 years. This is a very exciting solution for the many women who suffer from the embarrassment of cellulite.

Best regards, Andrew Lyos, MD, FACS


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Thank you for your question. Yes, the numbing medication (lidocaine) is injected in each site to be treated, but it is an automated process that allows the surgeon to only need several actual points of entry into the skin on each thigh/buttock. The medication is then distributed throughout the tissues to be treated. It is very effective, surprisingly comfortable, and provides a pain-free experience after it's in. Best wishes.

Cellfina numbing

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Local anesthesia is injected in and around all of the areas being treated. This way, when the procedure starts, you should not experience any pain as the cellulite dimples are released.

Cellfina treats cellulite

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Each specific dimple of cellulite of my patient that will undergo treatment is encircled prior to the treatment and each area to be treated is injected with local anesthetic prior to performing Cellfina's treatment.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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