Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite Without Surgery. Cellfina® at the Los Angeles area’s Sunset Cosmetic Surgery is an increasingly popular treatment for patients unhappy with the look of cellulite on their legs and buttocks. The problem is exceedingly common: By some estimates, about 90 percent of all women (and 10 percent of men) will experience some degree of skin dimpling in their lifetime.
Purported cellulite treatments abound, from topical creams with questionable efficacy to surgical solutions that can cost significant time and money. Cellfina® is a proven, FDA-approved, nonsurgical option, making use of a needle-sized device that is minimally invasive, but can deliver results that last for years.*
Dr. Steven Svehlak and Dr. Dan Yamini perform Cellfina® treatments for their patients, applying their years of experience in the field of body aesthetics with a goal of providing results that don’t just impact the treatment area, but improve a patient’s overall look.
Understanding how cellulite forms is key to learning how Cellfina® works. Thought by many to be a fat problem, the “cottage cheese” look of cellulite is actually due to tension placed on connective bands of tissue known as septae, which stretch from the layers of skin to tissue beneath. Too much tension pulls down on the surface of the skin, leading to a small, visible pucker. Bulging fat can intensify the problem, making cellulite more pronounced.
The Cellfina® device is specially made to deploy a very thin blade, which severs the septae in question. With nothing pulling the skin down, the dimple evens out. The initial FDA clearance was for results that lasted two years, though the number has risen to three years and counting as time continues to pass after the successful initial trials.
A Cellfina® treatment can be administered in less than an hour. First, the skin is marked to indicate where the device should be deployed to maximize results. Then an anesthetic is applied to minimize sensation. Finally, the doctor uses the device to address the septae.
Typical side effects have included soreness and bruising in the treated area, though these should fade naturally in the following days and weeks. Some patients have reported seeing skin-smoothing results in as soon as three days, but every patient experiences unique results.