Around 80% to 90% of women experience cellulite at some point in their lives. Although less common, cellulite can be a problem for men, too. This “orange peel” appearance is caused by small pockets of fat that push through the fibrous bands of connective tissue under the skin. Because of this, treating cellulite can be difficult.
While there are a number of gimmicky cellulite treatments out there, these “miracle cures” just don’t work. Fortunately, there is an FDA-cleared, minimally invasive treatment called Cellfina™ that has shown clinically proven results for cellulite in certain areas of the body.
Cellulite Treatments to Skip
There is a plethora of creams, lotions, massage rollers, and even “anti-cellulite” garments currently on the market. None of these products have any scientific backing behind them, even when they claim to have been tested or subjected to clinical study. Simply put, they aren’t going to give you the results you’re looking for and all you will end up with is a bunch of products collecting dust in your bathroom cabinets.
Many people also ask if liposuction will get rid of cellulite. While this body contouring procedure can help to eliminate stubborn fat that’s resistant to exercise, it is not an effective cellulite treatment and in some cases may accentuate the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite is not caused by being overweight — slender people can struggle with this problem, too.
Cellulite Treatments to Try
Cellfina uses a small needle-like device to release the tight bands of connective tissue that cause the dimpled appearance in your skin, characteristic of cellulite. While you might experience some tenderness or soreness in the first few days after your Cellfina treatment, there is minimal downtime and you should be able to get back to your normal routine shortly afterward.
We have found that Cellfina works best to treat cellulite on the backs of the thighs. This is a spot you may notice when sitting down in a chair and seeing dimples where your thigh is in contact with the chair. Many people see optimal results after just one Cellfina treatment session. Less frequently, a touch-up session is needed after the initial treatment to maximize the results.
At Kaufman & Davis Plastic Surgery in Folsom, California, Dr. David Kaufman and Dr. Drew Davis offer the latest surgical and nonsurgical options to help their patients look fantastic. Both doctors are board-certified plastic surgeons and completed a prestigious post-doctoral residency at Stanford.