It takes guts to post your bare ass on the internet. The "before" picture is definitely where my vulnerability lies. My mission has always been to offer up the best advice I could possibly give and to provide my readers with honest feedback on everything I try. So here it is: my experience receiving the much talked about Cellfina treatment. Viewer discretion is advised as I do show parts of the actual procedure. Don't worry, nothing is bloody or disgusting, or anything like that! But, I know some people are sensitive when it comes to needles. I know I am! Watch the video below...
Cellfina is intended for long-term improvement in the appearance of cellulite in the buttocks and thigh areas of women. I only had my butt treated because there was no dimpling on my thighs. I do have some wavy cellulite-ish lines on my back thighs but I'm hoping to get that treated with laser later on.
A lot of people have asked me 1) how much Cellfina costs and 2) what kind of pain level is involved. Here are my answers:
- Cellfina costs between $3,000 to $5,000 dollars depending on how many areas you need treated.
- You will experience soreness, tenderness and bruising post-treament. It will feel tender to sit down directly on the areas treated but you will most likely have some guaze padding taped to your butt, so as long as you don't plop down on a chair with normal force, you'll be OK. You just have to be careful sitting and bumping into things. The worst pain I experienced, quite honestly, was during the numbing phase. But it was over fast and as you can see, it doesn't appear that I was suffering too much from this video diary I made.
Another question I've been asked is why did I get it. Well, frankly, I just wanted a better butt. Cellfina did not seem to daunting to me as I researched it and I wasn't scared of going for it. It's categorized as a minimally invasive treatment and I would have to agree that's how it felt. There was no down time except for taking a break from my daily workouts. I was told to take a few days off but I decided to take a full week off, just to be safe, and allow for my "buddy" to properly heal.
Now back to why I did it. I've been obsessed with skin my entire life. I've worked my butt off to have tight skin and fight the obesity that runs in my family genes. I have always wanted to achieve the best physique and skin elasticity from head to toe that I could. It all starts at the gym for me and sweating it out but throughout my life I've definitely resorted to dermatology and all kinds of beauty treatments to help me with issues like eczema, sun staining and other things.
I always say that in another life I would've been a dermatologist because I'm obssessed with everything related to skincare and transformation. Part of the reason I wanted to get Cellfina was to see if it really worked. I'm so intrigued by the improvements in medical technology. It really is amazing how the microblade you see in the video can so quickly cut the fibrous septae to release the dermis from being pulled down. Each cut is permanent and results in smoother looking skin.
The fact that Cellfina is a one-time treatment was also very alluring. You're literally in and out within 45 minutes! I'm not embarrassed to admit that I have cellulite. It's not like I asked for it. Most people are genetically predisposed to getting it. And until now, there hasn't been a way to effectively treat it. The thing I am pretty embarrassed about is this picture below, LOL!
It looks like I'm wearing a diaper but in reality this was just all the gauze and padding that was taped to my butt right after the treatment. It's meant to catch any bleeding, pussing and to protect your bum. In my case, there was no post-treatment bleeding or pussing whatsoever. The bandaging is recommended to stay on for 24 hours along with a compression short that you're required to wear that looks like biker shorts circa the early 90's. You can buy them from Spanx or find a lesser quality version at Kmart and Target. I got mine at Kmart and it worked just fine in terms of the compression. I can't tell you how happy I was to throw it away once I was done with it!
It's very important for me to tell you about my doctor, Dr. Deanne M. Robinson. Cellfina can only be administered by a licensed physician and it's important to go to someone that you trust and know is outstanding. Dr. Deanne M. Robinson works out of Connecticut Dermatology Group in Norwalk, CT. She specializes in cosmetic laser and surgical dermatology.
I was lucky to find her because she was actually one of the first physicians to begin treating patients with Cellfina, as she was one of the lead investigators in the FDA clearance trial for the treatment. I couldn't have been in better hands! She really listened to my concerns and explained every detail of the procedure to me so clearly that I never questioned any step or part of the process. Dr. Robinson also specializes in the following treatments (in case you're interested): general dermatology, laser hair removal, Ultherapy, Kybella, Fraxel, laser surgery, liposuction, Botox and other injectables.
Questions about Cellfina? Leave them and any other thoughts below. It was nice sharing my ass with you...until next time!
XOXO, Bianca Jade