Health

Say Goodbye to Cellulite

New treatment Cellfina helps get rid of cellulite. AesthetiCare’s Matt Taranto explains how it works.

No matter how healthy you eat or how frequently you work out, there’s one issue women have never been able to treat long-term: cellulite. Not any more. Cellfina, a new FDA-approved procedure treats the primary structural cause of the dreaded lumps and bumps in 30-45 minutes.

Matt Taranto, managing partner of AesthetiCare MedSpa, one of the first places in the area to offer Cellfina, says 87 percent of women have some form of cellulite and that it’s not related to weight.

“There has never been a long term or permanent treatment for cellulite,” he says. “Everything that’s been on the market so far over the last 20 years has given temporary results, and it just always comes right back.”

Women get cellulite because of little bands made of collagen, called septi, that run perfectly vertical and hold skin to the body. When fat cells get close to the surface of skin, they push up through the bands, causing cellulite. Men’s bands are crisscrossed, which keep fat cells from getting close to the surface.

Cellfina works by allowing the connective bands to be released, allowing the skin to bounce back up and smooth itself out. The treatment typically takes 30-45 minutes and is done by a plastic surgeon. Patients rank the pain as a three on a scale of one to 10 and are able to go about their normal lives immediately, with 3-7 days of soreness typical.

At AesthetiCare, Taranto says the process begins with a consultation where a prospective patient meets with a nurse, who photographs the patient and asks them to point out where they see dimples, since people can perceive things differently and Cellfina’s price is dependent on how many dimples are released. Areas of concern are marked, the nurse explains the procedure and an appointment is made. The med spa works with two University of Kansas Medical Center plastic surgeons, who perform the procedures in the AesthetiCare office.

While Cellfina is billed as producing “long-lasting” results, Taranto says in three-year studies, there have been no reoccurrences, suggesting it could be a permanent fix.

“I’ve had the clinic for 16 years,” Taranto says. “There’s not a week that goes by that we don’t have people coming in asking, ‘What can you do for cellulite?’ We’ve always had to say there’s really nothing, don’t waste your money on all these little temporary fixes. Now we can say, ‘You know what? There’s something that’s absolutely incredible.’”

Learn more at the Cellfina lunch and learn on Wednesday Aug. 31. Email [email protected] to register.