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.
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.
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.