It’s that time of year again. Time to shed the bulky sweaters and leggings in favor of minis, shorts, rompers, and bikinis. Tis the season when a 3-way mirror can be every woman’s mortal enemy.
Enter Cellfina® (Merz Aesthetics). The new treatment for dimples and divets that uses small needles that release the fibrous bands that cause the ubiquitous cottage appearance on the buttocks and backs of thighs, and then some. Studies conducted by Drs. Deanne Robinson and Michael Kaminer, dermatologists at SkinCare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, MA, resulted in FDA approval for long term improvement of cellulite with greater than a 98 percent efficacy in clinical trials.
A staggering 64 million women between the ages of 24-45 in the U.S. spend $1B on cellulite treatments every year, says Dr. Robinson. And as we all know, most of the available treatments don’t make a huge difference and take awhile to see smoother skin. Although Cellfina is FDA cleared as maintaining the effects out to one year, she has seen patients 2-3 years out with sustained results.”We see visible results in three days, and patients continue to look even better over time,” she said. In fact, there was a 94% patient satisfaction rate at one year after treatment. It is also safe for all skin types.
According to Shreveport, Louisiana plastic surgeon Simeon Wall, inventor of the SafeLipo Technique, “Women with cellulite have vertical septae that causes ridges. Cellfina targets the structural problems that cause cellulite; it releases the fibrous septae or bands under the dimpled areas so skin appears smoother.” Another benefit of Cellfina is that is can be combined with other body contouring procedures, including fat grafting for optimal contouring, if needed, he said.
Here’s how it works:
- Cellfina takes about 45 minutes to perform in your doctor’s office.
- Only local anesthesia is needed.
- Multiple dimples can be treated in one session.
- There may be some bruising, swelling, soreness for a few days, but no pain medication is needed. You can take Tylenol.
- Dr. Robinson recommends wearing Spanx or compression stockings after the treatment.
The trick with cellulite is that treatment results are so subjective. We’ve all been disappointed by the snake oil in and miracle cellulite reducers that have graced the shelves of drugstores, Sephoras, spas and clinics in the past, so women tend to approach dimple destroyers with a healthy degree of skepticism. Yet for many women, even a small improvement is worth the price of admission.
What’s most interesting about Cellfina is that once the fibrous bands are destroyed, they don’t come back. That doesn’t preclude you from flocking back to your doc to have more dimples decimated as they arise, or on other body parts, but you can see results from a one time treatment.
Fees range from $3,000 to $6,000 per session, based on how many dimples need an intervention. But there is good clinical data to prove that it works and that results last, which separates Cellfina from many other treatments out there.
Find out more at Cellfina.