There is one dreaded skin concern among many people – men and women alike – that they have tried over and over to fix but to no avail: cellulite. As one of the most common and most stubborn issues out there, hosts of people who experience this dimply, orange-peel skin feel very self-conscious about it. And let’s face it – who doesn’t want to feel more confident in a swimsuit or sundress? Fortunately, there is a revolutionary, highly effective cellulite treatment called Cellfina. Let’s explore this cosmetic procedure to see if it’s right for you.
Cellulite treatments are advertised all over the place – from media campaigns touting miracle cellulite creams to supplement companies selling pills. Beauty magazines are constantly pointing out which food, drink, and exercise to partake in (and which ones to avoid) in order to treat cellulite. But is curing cellulite really that straightforward? Among those who suffer from this common condition, many would argue the opposite. The root causes of cellulite often can’t be pinpointed, and even if they are, many lifestyle changes simply don’t have the power to change the cottage cheese-like skin that can occur anywhere but commonly shows up on the thighs.
Cellulite is caused by a buildup of fat cells that lie directly underneath the skin’s surface. However, body fat percentage is only one factor in the appearance of cellulite, as many physically fit yet cellulite-prone people can attest. Other factors that can contribute to cellulite include a genetic predisposition, thinning skin due to age, hormonal changes, medication, pregnancy or menopause, and more. The dimpled skin – usually showing itself around the thighs and buttocks but also possibly appearing anywhere else on the body – appears when the fat cells accumulate and push against the skin’s surface. Simultaneously, the long connective fibers of the muscles – known as fascia – pull down, creating the bumpy appearance.
Cellulite is harmless, but it can wreak havoc on one’s self esteem and body image. So, is it possible to fix?
While losing weight can certainly contribute to minimizing the appearance of cellulite, and some types of exercise (specifically weight training and muscle toning) can help too, there sadly is not a single cure for cellulite that doesn’t involve a cosmetic procedure. Fortunately, Cellfina, an FDA-approved dermatological treatment, is highly effective for reducing the appearance of cellulite for at least one year – longer than any other FDA-cleared cellulite treatment.
Cellfina involves the use of a needle to break up the tough, fibrous connective bands beneath the cellulite-prone areas, releasing them. This can drastically reduce and sometimes totally eliminate the cellulite on the thighs and buttocks specifically. The procedure is minimally invasive, painless due to the use of a local numbing solution, and only takes 45 minutes!
The most common Cellfina side effects are some mild soreness and bruising, which should dissipate within a few days. Results can last up to three years and typically start showing within a week post-procedure.
If you’re located in the greater Washington, D.C. area and want to try Cellfina or see whether you’re a good candidate, contact The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists.