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Celluform & Celluform Plus

Product Summary 

Revital CelliformCelluform and Celluform Plus are injectable lipolytics made in Italy by PromoItalia. They are often referred to as fat dissolving injections and are used to reduce small areas of localised fat deposits on the face and body, to contour areas such as hips, thighs, the abdomen, and double chins.

Both products contain the active ingredient deoxycholic acid which disrupts the fat cells allowing them to release their fatty content so the body can metabolise and eliminate the fat permanently over several weeks. Celluform is used to treat areas of the body and Celluform+ is ideal for treating double chins. 

What does it contain?

The active ingredients in Celluform are Phosphatidylcholine (soy lecithin) and Deoxycholic Acid. It also contains Nicotinamide (Vitamin PP) which is a vasodilator that increases the circulation in the area treated, plus amino acids. 

Celluform+ contains Deoxycholic Acid and has the addition of Arnica Montana to decrease redness and inflammation.

Deoxycholic Acid is a secondary bile acid that is produced naturally in our bodies by intestinal bacteria as we metabolise and digest food. In our bodies, it is used to emulsify fats for absorption in the intestines. We can therefore use the action of this ingredient to break down undesired fat cells within other areas of the body and many products are available containing derivatives of Deoxycholic Acid which are used for injection lipolysis procedures.

Phosphatidylcholine is derived from soya as soy lecithin and is a common food additive. It has anti-cholesterol and anti-triglyceride properties so helps the body to eliminate fat as well as convert it into energy. 

How does it work?

Celluform is injected into the subcutaneous tissue under the skin where the fat cells are found. It dissolves the cell membrane of each fat cell or adipocyte. This process is called cell lysis and causes the stored (liquid) fat to be released from the cell. The body then naturally metabolises this liquid fat and it is removed from the body. The fat cells are destroyed permanently.

What happens during treatment?

Treatment is performed under local anaesthesia, whereby a topical numbing cream is applied to the skin for half an hour before treatment. The needles or cannulas used to deliver the product are thin, so it is regarded as a tolerable and not very painful treatment.

For body treatments, a 5ml dose of Celluform is diluted with 5-10ml saline to make the formula needed for injection. Celluform+ uses a 2ml dose per treatment which is diluted with 2-3ml of saline for treating double chins.

On average, you will need 4-6 treatments with Celluform for body treatments, usually 1 session every 2-4 weeks. For face treatment, you will be recommended to have a treatment session once every 4-6 weeks and will need 2-3 treatments in total. Some people do get good results from a single session however, a course is usually recommended for optimal reduction in fatty deposits. 

A treatment session takes approximately 30-60 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.

You will be advised to massage the area once or twice per day and drink at least 2 litres of water per day post-treatment to help your body to metabolise and expel the fat.

You should avoid sources of heat such as sunbathing, steam rooms or saunas for 2 weeks post-treatment and avoid strenuous exercise for a week.

What do they claim to treat?

Celluform is used to treat localised body fat and cellulite, such as saddlebags, bingo wings, bra bulges, fat around the knees, stomach, and thighs. Celluform+ is used for treating localised fat in the submental region of the face only, otherwise known as a double chin.

Fat dissolving injections with Celluform are not a weight loss treatment or indicated for the removal of large areas of fatty tissue.

Licenced status

This treatment is regarded as cosmetic and is not a medical device.

Should be used by

Trained members of the medical profession only. 

Product range

Revital Celluform - comes in 10ml vials ready for dilution.

Revital Celluform

Celluform+ (Melting Effect) - comes in 10ml vials ready for dilution.

Celluform Plus

Not to be used in

Those will a known allergy to any of the ingredients or who have certain medical conditions, including scleroderma, lupus or autoimmune conditions are not suitable for treatment with Celluform or Celluform Plus.

The treatment is not suitable if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Duration of effects

Expect to see initial results after approximately 2 weeks as your body starts to break down and rid the fat cells. The full effect will take longer, and a course of several treatments is usually recommended for the full and optimised effect. You may also be offered a review for future maintenance, as although results are permanent, that is dependent on lifestyle and future weight gain. You will be advised to follow a good diet and take regular exercise to maintain your results.

Reported side effects

Common side effects include redness, swelling, tenderness and bruising at the injection site and in the treated area. You may also have a tight or tingling feeling, both during treatment and for a short period of time afterwards. This is due to the action of the active ingredients working on your fat cells and beginning the process of elimination. The area may also feel a little numb or itch for a few weeks post-treatment. 

The expected downtime for all the above side effects is a week to ten days.

Costs

Prices for Celluform or Celluform Plus treatment will vary depending on the number of treatment sessions required to treat a specific area. 

Expect to pay approximately £250- £300 per treatment on the body and £400-£600 per treatment session for treating a double chin. However, you are usually charged for a course of treatments for the area and the amount of fat being treated, so expect to pay more.

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