Bathing suit and shorts weather is upon us, when we reveal more of our skin to the public. No one wants dimpled, lumpy skin on their bodies, but most people will deal with cellulite at some point in their lives, with women especially vulnerable. Genetics is a factor but estrogen likely plays a role in the development of these unattractive dimples as well. Cellulite occurs when the affected skin develops dimples in areas where the skin is more tethered to deeper structures than in other places. This irregular tethering causes the “lumpy bumpy” cellulite contour across the thighs and buttocks. Cellulite can start at an early age — even in teenage years. The area around the thighs and buttocks are generally most affected.
Fortunately, there is an effective treatment to combat cellulite, and it’s called Cellfina. In this blog post Mt. Vernon facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Grant, M.D., F.A.C.S., discusses this exciting treatment.
Cellfina® for Cellulite
The Cellfina System is an FDA-approved, minimally invasive procedure that works by treating the connective bands between the skin’s fat cells in the thighs and buttocks. These bands, the foremost structural cause of cellulite, pull down skin and create the puckered appearance. Cellfina releases the skin tightness in the deepest parts of cellulite dimples, allowing the connective bands to loosen and the dimples to relax and smooth out.
The Cellfina Procedure
The entire Cellfina procedure takes less than an hour, though your time in the office for your treatment is approximately two hours. The treatment effects last for three years or possibly longer with patient satisfaction scores past three years above 90 percent. The doctor marks the cellulite dimples, then applies a local anesthetic for numbing. The Cellfina device uses small needles to treat the connective tissue bands. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan R. Grant, an expert in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, performs this treatment. He can determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for Cellfina during an in-office consultation.
Minimal Side Effects, Fast Results
Side effects are minimal, although patients may experience mild bruising and soreness for a day or so after the injections. Over-the-counter pain medications ease any discomfort. Most people can return to normal activities within 24 hours of treatment. Within a few days, patients should start noticing results, although it can take a few months to see the final results. Many patients remain cellulite-free for three years or more. Even better, Cellfina guarantees that its one-time treatment will remove your cellulite.