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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. We now offer two very successful treatment options: Cellulaze, a high-precision laser treatment, and Cellfina, a non-surgical microblading treatment. Both are minimally invasive.


What is cellulite?

There are long, fibrous cords just below the skin. These cords, also known as septae (plural for septum, from the Latin, meaning fence or enclosure) run vertically and tether the skin to the muscle beneath. As fat cells accumulate between the cords, they push up against the skin, while the cords pull down—the reason behind the uneven, dimpled look to the skin.

Cellulite has traditionally been one of the hardest problems to treat. Unfortunately, it does not discriminate. Even a very fit, healthy person can develop these irritating and unsightly dimples or uneven waves in the skin. We finally have two very good treatments to address the unsightly lumps and bumps of cellulite.

How does Cellfina work?

Cellfina treats the underlying cause of cellulite, which are the bands of fibrous septae that are contained in fat, but Cellfina uses subdermal undermining (separating the different types of tissue under the skin) to improve the surface texture.

Cellfina uses a non-thermal, non-energy-based method to treat the fibrous septae. A precision-guided platform is used to access and release these bands.


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.

What is the Cellfina procedure?

This treatment is minimally invasive and performed under local anesthesia right in our office. It is a single-treatment procedure, so you can achieve virtually all the results you need in one session.

A local anesthetic is administered before your treatment. Skill on the part of your surgeon is required for the best results. The fibrous bands have to be selected and targeted for treatment, and your doctor will ordinarily “draw” the desired treatment area onto your skin.

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Is the Cellfina procedure painful?

The Cellfina procedure itself takes about 45 minutes to an hour and done under local anesthesia Tiny incisions are made to release the bands just under the skin. 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. The incisions are small enough that no stitches are required, and you can go home the same day.

What is the recovery from Cellfina?

You will go home with dressings on the incisions, and you will wear a compression garment for two weeks following the procedure. Cellfina provides immediate results.

No recovery time is required after Cellfina, but you may experience some tenderness and bruising for a period of weeks. These effects are usually minor and should not interfere with work or other activities. If necessary, you can take non-prescription medication to ease your 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 Cellulaze or Cellfina is being recommended for you, what you can expect from the selected treatment, and work to the highest standards of care to help you achieve the outcome you are looking for.

What is Cellulaze?

Cellulaze™ is an FDA-approved laser treatment that targets cellulite precisely at the source, in the underlying structural tissue. Topical lotions and creams are no match for the precision and long-lasting results of Cellulaze.

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What is the recovery from Cellulaze?

You will go home with dressings on the incisions, and you will wear a compression garment for two weeks following the procedure. Cellulaze provides immediate results, but the improvement continues gradually for 6 months or longer.

You should be able to return to work in 1-2 days, but we recommend that you avoid exercise for a couple of weeks.

You might have some tenderness, swelling, and mild bruising, but these symptoms typically resolve within a few days. You can take non-prescription pain medication, if necessary.

No two patients are the same, but the results of Cellulaze have lasted 30 months or longer in some cases.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Friday, March 20, 2020:

Even with social distancing, we're still here for you.

During this difficult time, we will continue to try and be there for all of you in any capacity we can. To protect ourselves, our staff, our community and of course, you, we will still continue to refrain from seeing patients in the office (unless urgent or emergent) until the Shelter-in-Place Ordinance has been lifted. But this doesn't mean all communication stops!⁣

As social distancing, self-isolation and shelter-in-place are extremely important during this time, so is trying our best to still keep a sense of "normalcy" within our daily routines. Communication is a fundamental component of everyday life and something we strongly believe is key to alleviating stress, anxiety and even depression. If we can be a pillar of relief, happiness or normality in the not-so-normal climate we are experiencing - we've done our job not only as your physician, but as your friend.

If you are interested in simply just chatting, advice on the current health crisis, a follow up to a treatment or planning for a future procedure, both Dr. Elbert and Dr. Jacqueline will be doing Virtual FaceTime Appointments starting Monday, March 23rd! They will be available Monday - Friday from 9 AM PST - 12 PM PST.

Please email us at [email protected] with a date and time that works best and we will be sure to reach out in a quick and efficient manner. If you would prefer to call the office and leave us a message at (408) 255-3223, a staff member will reach out as soon as possible.

During this time, we also feel it is extremely important to take care of YOU!

Reading your favorite book, doing at-home yoga and putting on your favorite face mask or serum is not only physically beneficial, but mentally as well.

To contribute to your self-care routine, we will be offering phone orders for SkinCeuticals products with20% off your total AND free shipping!

What do you have to do? Call the office Monday - Friday between 9 AM PST - 12 PM PST and let us know which products you'd like, we will process your payment over the phone and the products will be shipped directly to your door! If you would prefer curbside-pickup style, we are more than happy to accommodate that as well! (Keeping our 6-foot social distance, of course.)

"It is how we embrace uncertainty in our lives that leads to the great transformations of our souls." - Brandon A. Trean

We will all get through this, together!

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Kindest Regards,,

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


Monday, March 16, 2020:

Even with social distancing, we're still here for you.

As the current situation with COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, we are continuing to make decisions regarding our practice to keep ourselves and our community healthy. As the future of this virus is uncertain, it is mandated by Santa Clara County Public Health Department Officials that all non-essential businesses close their doors and shelter in place.

Because of this region-wide order, our office will be closed as of Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 and will be rescheduling all non-emergent treatments, follow up appointments and surgeries after Tuesday, April 7th, 2020.⁣ All future in-office events for March and April have been postponed until further notice.

To those patients that need to be seen urgently for post-operative or emergent appointments - please call our office phone number. Your call will be forwarded to an employee that can best help you as we will still have remote access to our schedule. They will make the necessary arrangements to ensure you receive the proper care. ⁣

We are confident that we will make it through this and become a stronger and smarter community because of it. Yes, most people do not die from COVID-19 and many can be asymptomatic - but the sooner we isolate from one another, the sooner we can make sure those statistics do not change.⁣

As physicians, we hold health to the utmost importance so we please ask those of you who can - work from home when possible, do not go to restaurants or bars, limit your public exposure and be cognizant of those who are sick, elderly or immunocompromised. In this time, we have to not only think of ourselves, but think of those that can be directly affected and do all we can for the sake of our community, our state, and our country.⁣

We do not believe this is a time to panic - but rather the opposite. It is time to be rational and act with extreme purpose. By preventatively closing our doors for the next 3 weeks - we may be helping change the course of a potentially life-changing event in history.⁣

We look forward to a future of health and happiness with you at Cheng Plastic Surgery!⁣

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Caring and cautious regards,⁣

Dr. Elbert & Dr. Jacqueline Cheng

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