Cellulite, also known as “orange peel skin” is a common aesthetic problem.
It is reported that about 80 to 90 percent of women will probably experience this condition, and the unsightly dimpled, lumpy flesh on the buttocks, thighs, abdomen, or other areas of the body.
What Causes Cellulite?
Cellulite involves fibrous connective cords, skin, and fat. As fat cells accumulate between the skin and the underlying muscle, they push up against the skin while simultaneously being pulled down by the connective cords that tether the skin to the muscle. This results in dimpling, or an uneven skin surface.
The condition is much more common among women than men, because fat in women tends to be distributed in the hips, thighs, and buttocks. It is also more common with aging, when collagen decreases and the skin loses elasticity.
Risk factors for developing cellulite may include:
- Inactive lifestyle
There are many creams and over-the-counter products which claim to reduce the appearance and to dissolve fat cells, but there is little clinical data to prove this claim true, and they can often be ineffective in treating the concern as well as being expensive.
A common misconception is that this reflects poor diet and lack of exercise, but this is not the case. It is the deeper structures which cause this dimpled effect, which although not life-threatening, can be a real bugbear for patients.
The first symptoms will most probably be a small series of bumps or dimply skin in one particular area, frequently occurring around the upper thighs and buttocks, the main problem areas for many women who have a genetic predisposition to cellulite.
What is Cellfina Cellulite Treatment?
Cellfina Cellulite Treatment in Singapore is the only US FDA-cleared cellulite treatment with results that last up to 3 years.
This non-surgical procedure, performed without general anesthesia, uses a small, needle-sized device to treat the bands of connective cords that cause cellulite just below the surface of the skin.
Is Cellfina effective?
This advanced, minimally-invasive cellulite reduction treatment has a high satisfaction rate. As reported on the Cellfina website, patients participating in a clinical study reported:
• 85% satisfaction at three months
• 94% satisfaction at one year
• 96% satisfaction after two years
• 93% satisfaction after three years
• 100% noticeable improvement three years after treatment
How does Cellfina work?
Cellfina is a revolutionary treatment that targets the primary structural cause of cellulite, providing results that may last up to three years, the longest duration for results delivered by any FDA-backed technology.
The connective bands woven between fatty deposits, also known as septae, are the cause for this ‘cottage cheese’ dimpling effect, as they pull down on the skin’s surface.
The Cellfina system works by addressing the connective bands existing throughout the fat in the thighs, buttocks and abdomen. As these bands pull down on the skin, they cause dimpling and puckering that shows on the surface.
The Cellfina device releases the connective bands, thereby releasing the tension and allowing the treated skin to smooth itself out.
What is the Cellfina procedure like?
Cellfina is a non-surgical procedure, performed on an outpatient basis, that does not require general anesthesia. The procedure, which uses an advanced microblade technique, can be performed in approximately 45 minutes.
The doctor will mark your cellulite dimples, administer numbing solution, and use the handheld, Cellfina device to insert a microblade beneath the skin, using stabilized, guided subcision techniques to release the fibrous bands that cause cellulite.
Although you may feel some suction, there should be no pain or discomfort during treatment.
This minimally-invasive treatment creates only tiny punctures to insert the Cellfina device under the skin after it has been numbed. When recovery following your cellulite treatment is complete, many people we treat have difficulty even finding the needle points.
Is Cellfina painful?
Most people tolerate the treatment well.
What Is Recovery Like after a Cellfina Treatment?
There is very little downtime after Cellfina cellulite reduction treatment, and most patients drive themselves home after the procedure. Some people experience soreness and tenderness that generally subsides within a few days. Any mild discomfort can be easily controlled with over-the-counter medication.
How Soon Will I See Results after a Cellfina Treatment and How Long Will They Last?
Most people see an improvement in the appearance of the skin within three days after a Cellfina cellulite reduction treatment. Results may continue to appear gradually for up to three months.
Significantly smoother, dimple-free skin after Cellfina treatment has been shown to last at least three years.
How many treatments of Cellfina are needed?
Only 1 session is needed.
What are the alternatives to Cellfina?
Is Cellfina the only solution for cellulite? No! There is Cellulaze.
Let’s explore the differences between Cellfina and Cellulaze.
Cellfina vs Cellulaze
For those serious about a permanent solution, a surgical option called Cellulaze where a surgeon goes in and uses a fine tipped laser to break the fibrous bands.
Cellulaze involves laser energy delivered into the subcutaneous fat compartment to heat the fat and help tighten collagen and help reduce cellulite. Cellulaze will get you results, however, the cons are the lengthy downtime and high cost.
The newest cellulite cure on the market is called Cellfina. It’s the first long-lasting, minimally invasive solution proven to smooth away dimples for at least three years in a single treatment.
The science behind this treatment: This handheld device is the newest minimally invasive cellulite treatment cleared by the FDA. Using a blade about the size of a needle inserted 6 mm beneath the skin’s surface, a doctor snips the tight, pucker-causing septae.
The outcome: The dimple-reducing effect will be apparent within just 3 days and should last at least a year.
Unlike Cellulaze, Cellfina does not involve laser or radiofrequency, so no heat is delivered.
Unlike Cellulaze, which requires local anesthesia, with Cellfina you’ll need only a numbing cream,
So what procedure is right for you for permanent cellulite reduction – Cellulaze or Cellfina?
Cellfina is best for deep dimples. Cellulaze is better for treating large areas of cottage cheese cellulite and wavey cellulite that comes from loose skin.
Factors to consider for Cellulite treatment in Singapore:
There are four grades to this condition, which can be either ‘hard’ or ‘soft’; grade 0 is no visible dimpling, even when skin is pinched; grade 1 is visible only when skin is pinched; grade 2 is visible while standing up, but not when lying down; grade 3 is visible whether standing up or lying down.
Soft cellulite is more noticeable, as it is not attached to the muscle, and seems to move around, whereas hard cellulite is closer to muscle, more concentrated, and can be sensitive to the touch.
If you are uncomfortable with your cellulite and are considering treatment, the first step to take is to get a full assessment of the area from a professional.
This will determine what type of grade and variation your cellulite falls under, and thus suggests what kind of treatment will be best for you to achieve optimum results.
Questions on cellulite removal treatments? Ask me using the form right below or click on the floating WhatsApp icon on the bottom right.