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Trying to reduce the stubborn, dimpled skin of cellulite with diet and exercise alone has traditionally proven to be a thankless task. Over 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men have cellulite, but getting rid of it on your own is almost impossible. Enter Cellfina, a non-surgical, minimally invasive microblading treatment.


What is Cellfina?

If you have cellulite on your thighs or buttocks, there is finally a treatment that smooths it. Because cellulite originates from the fibrous bands that connect the skin to the muscle below, it doesn’t respond to diet or exercise. No matter how healthy you are, you may still be unable to get rid of the cellulite.

To help you combat the effects of cellulite, we are pleased to offer Cellfina™ in our office. Cellfina is the only FDA-cleared, minimally invasive system clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite for at least two years – the longest FDA clearance for cellulite treatment. After two years, 96 percent of patients were still satisfied with their results.

How does Cellfina work?

Cellfina treats the underlying cause of cellulite, which are the fibrous bands contained in fat. Cellfina separates the different types of tissue under the skin, then cuts the bands themselves. A precision-guided platform is used to access and release these bands.

Before the procedure, your surgeon will select the bands targeted for treatment, and will draw them on your skin. The Cellfina procedure itself takes about 45 minutes to an hour. Tiny incisions are made to release the bands. You will feel some suction from the Cellfina device as it cuts the cords and disconnects them from the skin. The sensation of suction comes from the fact that these cords have a certain elasticity, so it is a bit like cutting rubber bands away from your skin. When they are cut, the tautness is released, and the skin relaxes.


You will see the results as soon as three days after your treatment, and these will become more obvious as your body continues to heal. The results of Cellfina are long lasting.

Is the Cellfina procedure painful?

This treatment is minimally invasive and performed under local anesthesia right in our office. The local anesthetic is administered before your treatment, so there is no pain during the procedure. The incisions are small enough that no stitches are required, and you can go home the same day. It is a single-treatment procedure, so you can achieve virtually all the results you need in one session.

What is the recovery from Cellfina?

No recovery time is required after Cellfina, but you may experience some tenderness and bruising for a period of weeks. You will go home with dressings on the incisions, and you will wear a compression garment for two weeks following the procedure.

The bruising and tenderness is usually minor and should not interfere with work or other activities. If necessary, you can take non-prescription medication to ease any discomfort.

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What can you expect from treatment at Cheng Plastic Surgery?

At Cheng Plastic Surgery, our double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons approach every procedure individually.

We spend time with you to understand what you wish to correct, and we examine you carefully to determine the best plan to achieve your goals. Whether you work with Dr. Elbert or Dr. Jacqueline, you will be given a treatment plan that best suits your body and your needs.


Both are highly qualified, double board-certified plastic surgeons who will properly evaluate your case, clearly explain your options, and ensure that you understand why Cellfina may be indicated as a treatment for you, and what you can expect. We work to the highest standards of care to help you achieve the outcome you are looking for.

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Practice Policy Update from Cheng Plastic Surgery Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Monday, January 4, 2021:

We are open!

We cannot wait to see all of our amazing patients in our office! We are currently working with a more limited schedule than before, so please be patient as we navigate through this, together.

There are a few key changes we’ve made to our appointment protocol to ensure we are maintaining social distancing and following strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols - for you AND for us.

  1. Call our office from your car once you’ve arrived for your appointment. A staff member will come out to greet you, take your temperature and conduct a short COVID-19 health screening to make sure you are in good health prior to entering the building. Our doors will remain locked during normal business hours to ensure only those who have been screened can enter.
  2. Please arrive at your appointment wearing a mask or protective face covering. We will not be able to bring you inside the office without one.
  3. We will not have more than one patient in the lobby at a time.
  4. You will be greeted by Dr. Elbert or Dr. Jacqueline wearing their Personal Protective Equipment deemed necessary by your specific treatment. (N95 mask, gloves, face shield or protective eyewear, etc.) We ask that you leave your mask on during the procedure, and only take it off if necessary to complete the treatment.
  5. All necessary transactions will be done in the room your treatment is being performed. This will avoid unnecessary back ups in the lobby.
  6. You will then be walked out through the back door of the office. This is the best way to keep all staff and patients socially distanced while maintaining one steady flow of traffic throughout the building.

And of course, all rooms will be heavily disinfected immediately after you leave just as we have always done prior to the pandemic. Each room is equipped with an air filter as an added safety measure. We will place a major focus on high-contact areas such as chairs, doorknobs, counter tops, mirrors and more.

We are still continuing to conduct Virtual Consultations if you prefer a quicker and no-contact experience.

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For the safety of our patients and staff, we ask that you reschedule your appointment and do not enter our office with any of the following conditions:

  1. You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  2. You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  3. You traveled more than 150 miles or have been in close contact with someone who has traveled in the last 10 days.
  4. You are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
    • fever or chills
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • fatigue
    • muscle or body aches
    • headaches
    • sore throat
    • loss of taste or smell
    • nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting

Concerned about getting the Moderna vaccine after having recently received filler treatment? In some studies, it has been observed that a small percentage of the vaccinated groups experienced localized inflammation (swelling) after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. In said cases, all studied reactions were temporary immune responses. It has been suggested that patients refrain from getting filler two weeks before and after the vaccine. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office!

Thank you for your continued support and we can't wait to see you again!

Kindest Regards,,

Dr. Elbert, Dr. Jacqueline and staff at Cheng Plastic Surgery


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