Up until now, the only way to get rid of cellulite was by making some major lifestyle changes (and for a lot of us that didn’t work!). But with Cellfina® for cellulite you possibly have a short cut.
I’m psyched because I’ve been praying to the cellulite gods since I was 17 and I am SO not willing to make the changes in my lifetstyle that would be necessary to make even a minuscule of difference.
And newsflash ladies: cellulite is not so much a fat thing as a SKIN thing! Some people can do intense dieting, reach their target weight, and still have cellulite.
What is Cellulite?
Research on cellulite has been scant up until the past few years. That’s because it was considered simply a condition of being a woman (as if menstrual cycles and childbearing weren’t enough).
It’s estimated that 8 out of 10 of women suffer from it, man. In the past decade or so, plastic surgeons have cited cellulite as one of the biggest issues among their women patients and called out for some treatment options.
So, thanks to capitalism, there may be a light at the end of the dark fibrous tunnel.
I say “fibrous” because research has found that there are these tiny fibers, called septae(plural) that connect from underneath the deepest part of our skin to the connective tissue holding in our deeper fat tissue.
In that tiny pocket of area, perpendicular to our skin, is where our subcutaneous fat collects (by the way, this fat is the last to go when you’re dieting).
Septae are made out of collagen and, over time, can become hardened and contract. When that happens, it pulls down the portion of skin that it’s attached, causing a dip that gives the look of dimpling that we call cellulite.
But there are other factors. Due to sun damage, aging, and even just heredity, the outer layers of our skin begins to thin. This thinning of the skin makes it less elastic and less able to hold strong against those freaky, hardening septae causing the dimples, thereby increasing the look of cellulite.
So yes, even super fit women can have it, it’s just more concentrated and closer to the muscle and is referred to as ‘hard cellulite‘. The ‘soft cellulite‘ is what’s on the girls with a couple extra pounds.
What is Cellfina®?
The Science of Cellfina
Subcision is a surgical procedure of when a scalpel is inserted under the skin and, by using a fanning motion, cuts the septae that attaches the skin to the dermis. Think about a tufted pillow and imagine cutting those threads that hold the fabric down.
The problem with surgical subcision is that if your doc had a little extra caffeine that day, you could end up with some permanent scarring that’s hard to the touch or some super long-term bruising which ends up looking like cellulite anyway.
Cellfina™ for Cellulite takes out the risk by automating the procedure, using a handy little device that can fit in the palm of your hand (see below).
How it Goes Down
First, the dimples are identified and marked. Most patients require 15 to 25 of them.
Next, the Cellfina unit suctions onto the marked areas of the skin to facilitate a series of tiny injections of lidocaine to numb the area.
Finally, the teeny needle used to inject the lidocaine is switched out to a 6mm blade. The blade is then quickly inserted under the skin in order to cut the septae, and release the tension that causes the skin to dimple.
The whole procedure takes about 45 minutes and you will start to see a difference within the next couple of days. You may be a bit sore for a couple of weeks but nothing an over the counter analgesic can’t address.
Cost of Cellfina
The treatment is pretty steep at $2,500 to $5,000, and it doesn’t do anything about the extra fat.