Cellfina: What it is

Leigh and I recently got back from Paris - talk about a team retreat! We had a fantastic time, though this lovely trip left us feeling a little heavier around the middle.  And in the thighs.  And everywhere. 

So we were both super interested to hear about a new cellulite treatment Cellfina, that is reporting 88% satisfaction ratings (per RealSelf.com). People call it “life changing.” Sounds good to me!

Most women consider cellulite is a lifelong plight that dieting and exercise only rarely alleviate.  So a treatment that removes those damned dimples from the thigh and butt for at least a year is something that is getting attention.

First, a primer on what cellulite actually is: According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, cellulite is normal fat just beneath the skin that causes irregular undulations and flaccidity (lack of youthful firmness) in the skin because it pushes against connective tissue. (Source: Smart Beauty Guide)

Think of your skin as a horizontal layer. And then there are vertical strands of connective tissue stretching between your skin and a lower horizontal layer (which also happens to be connective tissue).

The dimples we associate with cellulite are actually where those vertical strands are pulling the skin down at the same time as the fat cells pushing out against the skin.  That’s how we get the lumpy tufted pillow situation.  Bleh.


How the Cellfina procedure works.

It involves the use of a small device that first suctions the skin up, a micro blade is then inserted into the treatment area slicing through the vertical connective tissue, thus releasing it so that it’s no longer tethered down. This lets the skin be free to even out smoothly.

Before the procedure, each individual tuft to be sliced is first identified by the surgeon. A numbing agent is also administered to ease the pain.

The average recovery time is about a month, and since bruising will likely appear for a few weeks, you may want to consider time of year (and what potentially short outfits you’d be wearing).

After years of bemoaning this pervasive and constant companion, finally an FDA-approved, long-term treatment option for cellulite. 

Post script: Those of you who know me, know that I always look for the natural alternative. I’ve actually been super intrigued about cellulite and connective tissue ever since I learned how important connective tissue is for our bodies. Yes, it’s annoying in the cellulite sense, but it’s vital in the brain and other areas. There is some thought in the holistic health community that cellulite might be alleviated by increasing your connective tissue- instead of slicing it, lengthening those vertical tethers by eating more of it from animal protein. …Which, theoretically, could also even out lump skin.

So much to know! Now that you know the cellulite and connective tissue basics, go forth and explore your health and beauty protocols and procedures accordingly.


This post is presented to the Girl Around Town audience in partnership with
Smart Beauty Guide and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.


Posted on August 31, 2015 .