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This FDA-Approved Treatment for Erasing Cellulite Now Lasts Even Longer

This FDA-Approved Treatment for Erasing Cellulite Now Lasts Even Longer

Photo: Cellfina Just like stretch marks and signs of aging, cellulite is one of those skin concerns that we'd simply erase away if it were that easy. When Cellfina came along, dermatologists finally had a long-term solution for banishing cellulite — and now the FDA has approved the treatment to deliver results for up to three years.

Although it was previously cleared to improve the appearance of cellulite in women's thighs and buttocks, Cellfina now offers patients an extra year of smooth skin. In a statement announcing the new FDA approval, healthcare company Mertz notes that the "safety and effectiveness in other anatomical areas have not been established."

Cellfina is the only FDA-cleared procedure that's been clinically proven to reduce cellulite, which is caused by tight fibrous bands that pull beneath the skin, resulting in dimples. According to Mertz, market research reveals that 78% of U.S. women have cellulite that can be treated with Cellfina.

Photo: Cellfina

Curious about how the treatment works? First, the doctor uses a marker to circle areas of concern. After a numbing agent is injected into the areas, a small suction device is used to pull the skin tight and stretch the bands. Next, a "minimally invasive small needled device" is used to treat and release the bands. "Similar to a rubber band under tension, once released, the treated skin bounces back to smooth itself out in as little as three days," notes Cellfina's website. The process takes about 45 minutes and has an average cost of $4,175, according to cosmetic treatment review site Real Self.

Patients typically feel minimal discomfort and common side effects include bruising, tenderness, and soreness, according to Cellfina. After three days, most patients experienced minor pain when the treated area was touched.

Read more information and find doctors that offer the procedure near you at Cellfina's website.

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