Do the bands that are cut during Cellfina serve a purpose?

If the body formed the bands that are cut during the Cellfina procedure will we ever needs those bands? Do they re form after years? Do the bands serve a purpose other than make ugly looking cellulite.

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Thank you for your questions.  No the bands that are cut during Cellfina do not serve a purpose other than to create dimple cellulite.  Clinical data is at 3 years currently without th bands reforming, however it is thought that the cutting of th bands is permanent and those that are treated will never reform.  Regards, Dr. Matt Elias

Fort Lauderdale Dermatologic Surgeon
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Is it harmful to cut the fibrous bands during the Cellfina procedure

The fibrous bands that are cut during a Cellfina treatment do provide some tissue support, and your treating physician must cut the bands properly to avoid a negative Cellfina result.

For example. If a patient has cellulite dimpling located along the buttock crease, these areas are best avoided because if this band is cut, then one could loose the definition of the crease because the band is providing support at that site. This is an important band to have because it is helping to hold up the buttock.

Secondly during treatment if two dimples lie next to each other, then the physician will cut the dimples at two different levels to avoid excess laxity in a given area.

In general, the bands are likely not serving any other purpose other than to pucker the skin.   I am not aware of any of the patients that were involved in the Cellfina clinical trials complaining of greater skin laxity due to cutting of their fibrous bands.

Christina Steil, MD
Chicago Dermatologist
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Very smart questions

Your questions make me think you are in the medical field because they are so thoughtful. The septa from the skin to the underlying muscle fascia clearly serve as anchor points, but curiously, they do not exist in men. It is theoretically possible that over the course of many years, we may see slightly more laxity of the skin in women who have had those septa severed. It is my opinion that, as long as you do not become obese, any laxity that occurs will be insignificant as the weight of the suspended skin will not be excessive. One may also wonder if we do indeed lose some skin support over the years after Cellfina treatment, will that really matter if we have had smooth thighs and buttocks into our 60's or even beyond?

Diana L. Elias, MD
Saint Petersburg Plastic Surgeon
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The fibrous septa that cause cellulite are part of the suspensory system of connective tissue between the skin and its foundational attachment (like muscle fascia).  The cutting of the shorter bands that cause dimples (or cellulite) does not cause a significant change in the skin's normal attachment because the dimples are only a tiny fraction of your skin's support structure (which is very redundant).  Part of the beauty of the Cellfina treatment is it is very targeted to just the dimple.  This makes the end result the most optimal and preserves your normal attachment and elasticity.
Hope this helps!

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Connective Bands Severed during Cellfina

Hi there, The fibrous septae that are severed during the Cellfina procedure have not other use than pulling down the skin creating the puckering you see on the surface of the skin. Similar to a rubber band under tension, once released, the treated skin bounces back to smooth itself out. It is FDA cleared for upwards of 2-3 years, however we are getting early reports of 5+ years during clinical trails. #cellfina  #duration  #fibrousseptae

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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The bands are cut to create dimples. Please insist on a board certified surgeon when researching plastic surgeons for cellulite treatment. 

Do the bands that are cut during Cellfina serve a purpose?

The fibrous septal bands which cause dimples are responsible for the structure of fat. There areprobably billions that flow through fat. During the Cellfina treatment we are cutting the excess bands to release the skin the cause dimples. Please consult an experience Cellfina provider to determine which treatment is
right for you

Douglas J. Key, MD
Portland Dermatologic Surgeon
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Do the bands that are cut during Cellfina serve a purpose?

The fibrous bands that are cut during a Cellfina procedure serve no purpose other than to cause a dimple. There are many other soft tissue connections that will hellp to hold the skin and soft tissue over the muscles in the proper position. Good luck!

Bands causing cellulite

The bands which cause cellulite run from the skin to the underlying muscles. In performing Cellfina procedures we cut those bands, releasing them and correcting the dimples of cellulite. Patient satisfaction three years following Cellfina treatments are in excess of 90% indicating the longevity of the procedure without adverse effects.

Cellfina reduces dimples without damage.

Cellulite dimples are due to normal fibrous bands that are plentiful under the skin.  Some of these bands seem to stiffen and tighten over time causing visible dimpling.  Most patients we treat have 20 to 40 dimples.  Releasing very precisely only the limited area of the dimple with the Cellfina treatment does not cause significant damage.  That is the great advantage of Cellfina.  The treatment is very specific and limited to the abnormal bands leaving all the normal tissue intact.  That give a quick recovery with no significant problem in patients who have been followed closely for as long as 3 years.

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