The FDA-Approved Treatment for Cellulite Now Lasts Up to 3 Years

Updated 10/20/2016 with new FDA information.

Originally published 6/22/2015

After years of being told there’s no way to get rid of cellulite, doctors are seeing great results with Cellfina. 

How does it work? First, your doctor will mark your cellulite dimples. Then, a small suction-stabilizer is used to pull the skin taut and stretch the cellulite-causing bands into an optimal position for treatment. A local numbing agent is administered before your doctor uses a specialized handpiece to target the bands and release them.  

After the treatment, patients experience minimal discomfort. Doctors say they’re able to go about their day, but should try and take it easy for up to 24 hours. The most common side effects reported by the FDA study were soreness and bruising, but 90 percent of patients had no bruising four weeks after the procedure.

Grand Rapids, MI, plastic surgeon Ryan Mitchell, MD, whose practice offers the treatment, explains why this treatment is so effective. “Unlike a laser, which generates heat and can inadvertently damage the adjacent adipost tissue, Cellfina directly targets the fibrous bands while leaving the fat undisturbed,” he says. “This allows the volume of the area to remain intact as the fibrous bands are released.” 

According to a new statement issued in October 2016 by Merz Aesthetics, the FDA has cleared Cellfina to deliver results that last up to three years. In 98 percent of treated patients, Cellfina improved the look of cellulite at three years, and 93 percent of patients reported to be still satisfied with the treatment at the three-year period with noticeable improvement. “The three-year indication shows not only the scientific rigor with which the Cellfina System was created, but also the commitment of Merz North America toward innovation and expansion of the aesthetic market through follow-on research and clinical study,” says Jim Hartman, vice president and U.S. Head, Merz Aesthetics and OTC, in a media release.

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  • Thrilled with Cellfina results
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    At age 40, dress size 0 and 19.4% body fat, I still suffered from "moderate" cellulite on the back of my thighs and derrière. One month after the Cellfina treatment and I'm THRILLED with the results. The general waviness remains but the indentations have vanished, even when flexing my glutes and hamstrings. My thighs haven't looked this smooth since I was a teen! It was worth the $4000 - especially since research is now confirming results lasting for 3 years. The only downside was that the bruising lasted for 4 weeks and prevented me from wearing shorter dresses during a warm-weather holiday. Otherwise, it was an economical choice compared to twice weekly dry-brushing, deep tissue, and lymphatic drainage massages I was paying for which were time-consuming and only gave temporary improvement.

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