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Approximately 90 percent of women experience cellulite at some time during their lives. Skin develops this dimpled appearance from underlying deposits of fat pushing up on collagen fibers. These connective tissues may become weakened by lack of muscle tone, excess fat, poor circulation, or hormonal imbalance, so fit people can get cellulite, too.

Cellfina, offered in Mountain View at The Menkes Clinic & Surgery Center, is ideal for women who are not carrying an excessive amount of extra weight, but have noticeable dimples on thighs or buttocks.

How it works

Cellfina is a minimally-invasive technique cleared by the FDA for improvement in the appearance of cellulite. The Cellfina system addresses the source of the problem – a meshwork connective bands called “septae” in the architecture of skin. They press down on subcutaneous fat causing skin to dimple or pucker. Treatment releases these fibrous strands, allowing surface skin to resume a smoother appearance.

What to expect

A typical treatment session takes 45 minutes to an hour to address 20 to 30 larger puckers. Dimples are marked, then the area is numbed with local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. A suction device stabilizes skin tension, while the doctor severs strands of fibrous tissue with a needle-size device.

There is minimal downtime associated with Cellfina, but some patients experience mild bruising, soreness, or swelling in the treatment area or red dots at injection sites. These side effects are minor and resolve quickly. A non-aspirin analgesic can be taken to manage any residual discomfort. A compression garment (Spanx) will need to be worn for at least a week post procedure for optimal results.

You see significant improvement right away. Once the fibrous bands are cut, they do not appear to heal or grow back, so results last at least two years.

Cellfina benefits

  • Brief treatment time – an hour or less.
  • Little or no downtime.
  • Well tolerated.
  • Minimal side effects.
  • Nonsurgical and minimally-invasive.
  • No scarring – the needle-like device is tiny.
  • Effective. You’ll see immediate improvement.
  • Long-lasting results (two years or more).
To learn more about Cellfina, call our Mountain View clinic at (650) 285-4661.

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