Cellfina in retrospect
Cellfina Treatment Protocol
The treatment protocol is for the patient to first stand, while the clinician meticulously marks all areas of cellulite to be treated, ranging from as few as eight areas to as many as 30.
Patient expectations are then managed by the patient looking in a mirror and Dr. Parker detailing what will happen during the procedure.
Most cases of the 45-minute surgery are done under local anesthesia, with the patient lying down in a prone position.
“What is cool about Cellfina is that we use a vacuum chamber that looks like a petri dish, which is placed on the skin,” Dr. Parker explains. Next, the vacuum chamber is connected to a suction device.
After connected, the vacuum chamber is locally anethesitized with a 22-gauge needle, which expands the fatty tissue and fibrous bands. The chamber is then moved from spot to spot until all sites are completed anethesitized.
Next, the 0.5 mm reciprocating microblade is placed in the vacuum chamber. “The beauty is that with the vacuum pressure, the tissue is held in place,” Dr. Parker observes.
The plastic platform or guide track connects to the vacuum chamber, so the microblade is able to release each and every fibrous band, 6 mm beneath the skin. “It does this very precisely,” Dr. Parker says. “The guide track really controls the depth of release and the amount of release. Releasing the band causes the skin to pop up to a normal position.”
The only patient discomfort is some burning during injection of the fine needle. However, the needle is so fine that no stitches are required. Patients are up and walking the same day of surgery, although they ooze fluid and most are slightly sore for 1 to 2 days.
Results are usually noticeable within 2 days, when the swelling subsides, and complete results are expected at 3 months.
Related: Cellfina results last 3 years
Cellfina is FDA approved to treat cellulite for 3 years. “A major clinical study found patient satisfaction rates of 94% at 2 years after treatment,” reports Dr. Parker, who has no financial interest in Cellfina. “What certainly got our attention is that this is something that is long-lasting. Once you effectively cut and release those bands, they do not appear to recur.”
The procedure is “truly straight forward and can be performed by one clinician, but patient selection is key,” Dr. Parker emphasizes.