13 Beauty Treatments That Are Worth the Money
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Lasts: At least two years (more, according to doctors who have done the surgery)
Who should do it: "The best candidate for Cellfina has what I call 'dimpled cellulite,' rather than long ridges, wavy and uneven skin or sagging," says Michael S. Kaminer, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Yale Medical School and Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Brown and Dartmouth Medical Schools. These dimples respond best to the treatment and, as luck would have it, are an extremely prevalent type of cellulite, especially on the thighs and butt.
Why you should do it: Not-so-fun fact: More than 80 percent of women over the age of 20 will develop cellulite at some point (regardless of weight), says Kaminer. Exercise and diet can help with cellulite, but only to a certain point -- and even procedures like lipsuction have no impact on cellulite whatsoever. Enter: The magical Cellfina System. "It's the only FDA-cleared minimally invasive procedure clinically proven to produce long term improvement in the appearance of cellulite," explains Kaminer, who reports that his patients are ecstatic with the results. "Patient satisfaction with Cellfina far surpasses that of any new treatment I have seen come to market in the past decade."
Some numbers to back that up: After three months, 85 percent of patients in the FDA-approved study were satisfied; after one year, that stat increased to 94 percent; after two years, patient satisfaction was up to 96 percent, which Kaminer calls a "staggering" number. In a single treatment, the appearance of cellulite is greatly reduced. And the procedure itself is minimally invasive. The surgeon marks the areas to be treated, then they numb the area. "Finally, we use a specialized hand piece to precisely access tissue where we can release the cellulite-causing bands," Kaminer explains.
"It seems that as patients heal from the initial procedure, their skin seems to get smoother and smoother," he explains. "Recovery is just a couple of days, but the remodeling of skin takes some time to see the final result. The beauty of this is that once the skin is remodeled, it seems to look better and better over time, and this likely leads to the longevity of the results we are seeing."
Know before you go: You'll want to lay low for a couple of days post-procedure (you can still go to work, but wait four to seven days to resume exercising). You may experience some initial soreness and tenderness, but it doesn't last for long. Before the procedure, Kaminer says to avoid anything that may cause bruising, like vitamin E and fish oil supplements, or medications like Advil and Motrin. Oh, and wear loose-fitting clothes to the appointment. After your treatment, they'll squeeze you into a compression garment before you leave. Kaminer tells his patients to buy a couple pairs of Spanx, as well, and wear them all day, every day for a week. Yeah, that sounds kind of annoying, but it helps speed up the healing process and helps you see even smoother results.
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