Cosmetic procedure: Cellfina
What it targets: Cellulite
How it works: Most women suffer from cellulite-those annoying dimples often located on the rear and thighs that make the skin look like an orange peel. Before now, no topical, surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedure has proven effective in minimizing cellulite over a long period of time. Enter Cellfina, an FDA-approved system that uses a small handheld device to grab targeted skin by suction, anesthetize the area and then slide a tiny blade into each dimple to cut the fibrous bands that cause that puckered appearance. However, according to Victoria-based dermatologist Dr. Mark Lupin, this miracle cure isn’t for everyone. “The ideal candidate has no or minimal skin laxity and is of normal weight. If you are overweight or have excess fat in these areas, it may be helpful to first reduce the fat,” he says. The treatment takes about 45 minutes and you should see results within three months. “As with most cosmetic procedures, the goal is improvement and not perfection,” says Dr. Lupin. “If you can accept that goal, then you are more likely to be happy with results.”
What it costs: $4,000 to $6,000, depending on the size of the area to be treated. Usually one treatment is enough.
How long it lasts: Results may be permanent, but clinical data only goes back three years.
Andrea’s Ouch Factor: 2/10. After the bee-sting pain from the injection of local anesthesia, you’re happily numb. Expect soreness and minor bruising for about a week after the treatment.