I have mild cellulite, how much leakage and for how long should I expect after Cellfina? Can I go about my day straight after?

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About Cellfina and Post Treatment

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Cellfina is the newest, most effective FDA approved technology available for treating cellulite. This one-time, minimally invasive procedure takes only 45 minutes to perform, but the results last for a minimum of two years. #Cellfina has the longest lasting results of any current #cellulite treatment. Its approval rate is over 93% here on RealSelf.

Used on #moderate to #severe cellulite of the buttock and thighs, Cellfina works by treating the rubber-band-like connective tissue that causes cellulite. When these “rubber bands” under the skin are cut, the fat trapped underneath in dimples “snaps” back into place, creating a full, smooth appearance.
There 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. Patients are able to resume their day after leaving our office, but we do recommend taking it easy for up to 24 hours. 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. Seek more information to learn if you are candidate for #Cellfina by consulting with a board-certified Plastic Surgeon.  

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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It works best on the buttock and posterior thigh.  Mild dimpling can be treated.  The larger issue is the looseness of the skin.

Cellfina recovery is amazingly rapid.

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The leakage after a Cellfina treatment is done by that night or the next morning. You can go about most of your normal activities the next day. The only thing I suggest you postpone is biking for a week or two if you had your buttocks treated. My staff were treated and went right back to their regular duties the same day!!

Diana L. Elias, MD
Saint Petersburg Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Leakage after Cellfina

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Yes, it is normal to experience some bleeding and drainage after Cellfina for anywhere from 24-72 hours. You may be bruised and have some tenderness and/or hard lumps in the area for up to 2-6 weeks. In my opinion, it's best to avoid strenuous exercise for at least a week or so after having Cellfina, but you may resume light duties immediately after. 
Best of luck to you, and be well.#exerciseaftercellfina  #cellulite   #leakage

Cellfina recovery

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After Cellfina you will experience some drainage for a day or so.  The day after treatment you should be able to return to most normal light activities.

Steven S. Carp, MD
Akron Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

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.

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

I have mild cellulite, how much leakage and for how long should I expect after Cellfina? Can I go about my day straight after?

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You can expect to leak the local anesthesia for 1 to 2 days following the procedure. You will still be sore for three or four days. Following that you may resume normal activities, including workouts. Bruising could last for two to four weeks. God luck!

Cellfina recovery

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Patients typically leak fluid for the first day or two after the procedure. You will likely feel some soreness in the areas treated for the first few days and this will subside. You should be able to resume most normal activities in a day or two after treatment.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.