Cellutone Cellulite Treatment

Cellulite Removal in the San Diego Area

Dr. Melanie Palm is a nationally recognized dermatologist and an expert in the treatment of cellulite with Cellutone. She serves as a clinical researcher, advisory board member, speaker, and trainer for BTL, the manufacturer of Cellutone. Her offices are located in Solana Beach, CA just north of San Diego.

What is Cellutone?

This newly-released advancement for non-surgical cellulite treatment. It uses acoustic wave therapy (vibration) to painlessly and with no downtime improve the irregular skin texture and dimpling associated with cellulite. The vibrational energy created by Cellutone provides an oscillating massage treatment that temporarily improves unsightly bumps and skin textural irregularities from cellulite.

Cellutone improves circulation and lymphatic flow, mechanically treats the skin and fat, all critical as sluggish blood flow, inefficient lymphatic drainage, abnormal fat and connective tissue structure, and tissue inflammation are proposed causes of cellulite. Cellutone is often performed at Art of Skin MD following other noninvasive body contouring noninvasive body contouring treatments to enhance results. The procedure may help increase the degree of silhouette improvement following Vanquish or Exilis, both of which are non-invasive, radio frequency fat removal devices.

What Type of Cellulite can be Treated with Cellutone?

The overwhelming majority of women suffer from textural irregularities in the buttocks and thighs identified as cellulite.   This leads to an unsightly cosmetic appearance that can way on our self-confidence. Cellutone is helpful at enhancing the results of other treatment modalities that target fine skin irregularities of cellulite. Furthermore, it can be used alone as a series of treatments to improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage to improve overall skin appearance in areas of cellulite. Oftentimes, Cellutone on its own can provide more subtle improvements in body contours and reduce tissue swelling or bloat in areas of excess fat.

Is Dr. Palm and the Staff of Art of Skin MD Cellutone Cellulite Treatment Experts?

Yes! Dr. Palm and her staff at Art of Skin MD are Cellutone experts in the San Diego area. They are well-versed in the technology and have the knowledge and expertise to produce meaningful Cellutone results with proper and advanced noninvasive body contouring treatments.

What areas of the body can be treated with Cellutone?

Cellulite of the buttocks and thighs are most amenable to treatment. However, a series of treatments to the abdominal and waist area is common to reduce bloat or to enhance the results of Vanquish noninvasive fat removal. Areas commonly treated with Cellutone include the following:

  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Waistline or “love handles”
  • Abdomen
  • Upper arms
  • Bra line area

Cellutone Cellulite Treatment FAQ

Can I combine Cellutone with other body contouring or tightening procedures?
Absolutely and often the procedure is completed immediately following other procedures for cellulite, skin tightening, or body contouring procedures to enhance results. Some of the following procedures are often combined with Cellutone:

  • Vanquish (noninvasive radio frequency fat removal): Cellutone may help increase fat disruption following treatment, improve circulation and lymphatic flow, and improve overall fat circumference loss following treatment.
  • Exilis (monopolar RF for fat loss and skin tightening): Exilis treatment at deeper settings to target fat may be followed by Cellutone to enhance fat apoptosis, or programmed cell death, leading to elimination of more fat cells with treatment and better treatment outcomes.
  • Accusculpt (laser liposuction): Cellutone may be used not on the same treatment day as Accusculpt but in the weeks following laser liposuction to enhance skin tightening and skin textural improvements as the skin responds to laser treatment.
  • Liposculpture (liposuction performed under tumescent anesthesia): In the healing phase following liposculpture, Cellfina may be recommended starting about 4 weeks after treatment to reduce healing time and enhance overall results.
  • Cellfina (minimally invasive treatment for dimple-like cellulite): Cellfina is an excellent, single treatment procedure for dramatically improving dimple-like cellulite. Cellutone may be used in the weeks following treatment with or without Exilis to further improve skin texture in areas of cellulite.
  • Sculptra (collagen-stimulating injectable for body enhancement): Sculptra, also known as poly-L-lactic acid, is used off the face to rejuvenate the arms, buttocks, and thighs. Cellutone may be used in conjunction with treatment to enhance skin texture or irregularities.

Who is a good candidate for treatment with Cellutone?
Most individuals with unwanted cellulite or fat are reasonable candidates for treatment with Cellutone. It is an extremely well-tolerated procedure best used in conjunction with other skin tightening or cellulite-targeting treatments. Patients with good skin tone and mild bloating in the midsection or abdominal area may benefit from Cellutone treatment alone, as may some patients with fine textural irregularities of the buttocks and thighs categorized as mild cellulite. Proper medical evaluation and patient counseling is important to identify individuals best-suited for Cellutone treatment and to create meaningful treatment success.

What is the Cellutone procedure like?
The Cellutone treatment is brief, usually taking about 7-10 minutes per treatment area. It is not painful. There is a vibration-like sensation during treatment and an audible skin “pattering”-like sound during treatment.

When can I see results from Cellutone?
Cellutone requires a series of treatments. They are usually spaced about 1 week apart, although this may vary, particularly if Cellutone is being completed in conjunction with another treatment such as Exilis. Results may be visible after a few treatments, although skin texture may improve further a few weeks after completing a series of treatments.

How long does the treatment last?
Cellutone results if used alone require periodic maintenance to help improve circulation, lymphatic flow, and tissue manipulation in the area of cellulite. If used in conjunction with a body contouring procedure like Vanquish or liposculpture, results should be long-lasting so long as there are not major weight fluctuations or changes in diet or exercise patterns.

How long does the procedure take?
A single session of Cellutone takes approximately 7-10 minutes per area being treated.

Is Cellutone cellulite treatment painful?
No. Cellutone is a painless procedure and requires no oral medication or topical numbing to be extremely well tolerated. There is a vibratory sensation to the treated area during the Cellutone procedure, and there is a repetitive pattering sound as it treats the skin. Occasionally, mild itching may follow treatment but resolves quickly.

What are the possible side effects of this treatment?
There is an excellent side effect profile for Cellutone. Side effects are rare and extremely mild in nature. Patients with easy bruising or taking medications or supplements that thin the blood could experience mild bruising, redness, or small red spots (tiny bruises called petechiae) following Cellutone treatment. Brief pinkness to the skin is possible immediately following treatment, but this quickly subsides.   Rarely, there may be mild soreness or swelling in areas treated by Cellutone.

Is there any downtime following the treatment?
No. This treatment should not interfere with daily activities and patients may immediately resume their normal routine.

Will my skin sag if cellulite is treated?
No. Although Cellutone is not used as a skin tightening treatment, it should not worsen any skin irregularities or skin laxity.

Is there any aftercare following the procedure? Do I need to take time off of work?
There are no strict precautions following the treatment. Patients are asked to refrain from taking blood-thinning medications and supplements during treatment as this may increase the chance of bruising following treatment. Patients are encouraged to resume their normal daily activities following treatment and do not need to excuse themselves from work after Cellutone.

Who should avoid treatment with Cellutone?
There are contraindications to Cellutone treatment. Patients with the following conditions should not be treated with Cellutone:

  • excessive obesity
  • recent surgery (within 6 weeks)
  • coagulopathy (bleeding disorders)
  • on anticoagulant/anti-platelet medications
  • phlebitis
  • vasculitis
  • pregnancy
  • skin infections or open skin lesions
  • uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • tumors
  • vascular fragility

How much does Cellutone cost?
Cellutone is offered complimentary at Art of Skin MD if combined with Exilis or Vanquish as we strive to create superior patient outcomes. If completed on its own, The procedure is priced as a package of 4-6 treatments rather than as a price per single session.

If you are looking for a cellulite treatment expert in the San Diego area to treat your cellulite with Cellutone, call Dr. Melanie Palm at 858.792.SKIN (7546) to schedule your appointment.