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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Cellfina...

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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Cellulite bands

These bands have not been found to serve a purpose.   The device releases the band after local anesthesia has been placed in the area.  The important aspect to evaluate is the tightness of the skin in the area to be treated.

Bands are useless

Happy Holidays!!

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

#RealSelf100Surgeon

Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic 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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All things have a purpose...

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!

Paul K. Holden, MD
Phoenix Facial Plastic Surgeon
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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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Find the right doctor

The bands are cut to create dimples. Please insist on a board certified surgeon when researching plastic surgeons for cellulite treatment. 

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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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!

Keith Hodge, MD
Leawood Plastic Surgeon
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