Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery is one of the first practices in the world to offer CELLFINA Cellulite Reduction for patients interested in eliminating cellulite. CELLFINA is an FDA-approved treatment for the long-term improvement in the appearance of cellulite on the buttocks and thighs.
If you are bothered by cellulite, you are not alone. Harris Interactive surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. adult women. Of the women who admitted to having cellulite (40 percent, for the record), 90 percent were bothered by the condition. Of the women who reported feeling insecure about their cellulite, 76 percent also said that it made them feel unattractive.
CELLFINA is the only FDA-cleared minimally invasive procedure clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite for at least two years - the longest duration cleared by the FDA. The procedure involves the use of a specialized device to pull skin taut and stretch the skin in order to release the connective tissue bands surrounding the fat (the root cause of the bumpy appearance of cellulite). Several dimples (up to 25) can be released in a single 1-hour session. Patients can resume regular activities, including exercise, within 24 hours. Clinical results are evident within a month.
In a prospective, multicenter US clinical study, 55 patients underwent a single CELLFINA Cellulite Reduction treatment which improved the appearance of cellulite in 98% of treated patients at two years, according to independent physician evaluators. Importantly, 96% of patients reported satisfaction with their treatment at the two year mark and noticeable improvement on the Global Aesthetic Improvement Scale (GAIS) was seen in 100% of treated patients at two years.
We are recommending CELLFINA for those with cellulite on the thighs and buttocks who do not desire more invasive treatment such as liposuction. We recommend that non-invasive Thermage radiofrequency (RF) therapy be performed as an auxiliary treatment when further tightening and lifting of the buttocks and thighs is desired.
What is the CELLFINA System?
CELLFINA is the only FDA-cleared minimally invasive procedure clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite for at least one year—longer than any other FDA-cleared treatment for cellulite. Performed by a qualified physician in an office setting, CELLFINA combines proven and innovative technologies to clear the underlying causes of cellulite on the thighs and buttocks.
How does CELLFINA work?
After a local numbing solution is administered, a qualified physician uses the CELLFINA System to target the structural problems that cause cellulite. By releasing the fibrous bands under the dimpled areas, CELLFINA can reduce the appearance of cellulite in just one treatment session.
How soon will I see improvements?
Within three days after treatment, patients in the FDA-approved pivotal study reported feeling very satisfied with their results. At three months, 85 percent of patients were satisfied and after one year, 94 percent were satisfied- surpassing patient satisfaction rates for all other cellulite treatments.
How long do results last?
Patients in the FDA-approved pivotal study showed significant improvement after one treatment, with results lasting at least 1 year—longer than any other FDA-cleared treatment for cellulite.
Are there any side effects?
There have been no serious adverse events associated with CELLFINA. The most common side effects reported by patients in the FDA-approved pivotal study were soreness and bruising. In only three days after treatment, patients rated their pain as minimal (2.7 on a scale of 0 to 10; 0=no pain, 10=extreme pain) and most (82%) felt discomfort only with touch or pressure to the treatment area. This minimal pain improved quickly with time. Over 90% of patients had no bruising at 4 weeks.
How long does the procedure take?
The in-office procedure takes approximately 45 minutes, depending on the individual patient and the number of areas being treated.
Will I need to take time off?
There is limited downtime associated with CELLFINA. Some patients experience initial soreness and tenderness, but these side effects resolve quickly with time.
How much does the CELLFINA treatment cost?
Treatment costs vary depending on a number of factors, including the amount of cellulite present and individual patient needs. Because the treatment is so personalized, we recommend consultation with a qualified CELLFINA provider to determine a treatment plan specific to your condition.