What if we told you that there is a treatment that can get rid of your hard-to-treat brown spots, stubborn pimples that come back despite your best efforts, or unwanted moles and other bumps? Of course, you'll agree with us, there are tons. But what if we also told you that said treatment can be done in less than 15 minutes and requires virtually no downtime? Plus, there's no invasive peel, no avoiding the sun for days, and you can go right back to the gym after the treatment. And the best part? The results can last up to a year or more.
You'd probably think we were describing some kind of unicorn technology, something that a fairy godmother clearly dreamed up for us. But we're here to tell you that this treatment does exist - it's called Cell-FX and it's the bad guy on the block. To get all the details, we consulted dermatologists and a plastic surgeon. Read on to learn all about the Cell-FX treatment, so you can decide if it's right for you.
Meet the expert
- Dr. Bruce KatzJuva Skin & Laser Center, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist with more than 30 years of experience. He is director of the Juva Skin & Laser Center in New York City, as well as clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
- Dr. Anna GuancheMD, is a board certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic procedures that minimize downtime and maximize results. She is the founder of the Bella Skin Institute in Calabasas, California.
- Dr. Alexis ParcellsMD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in New Jersey and New York City. Passionate about empowering women, she takes an individualized approach to working with clients in her eponymous practice and is also the founder of the skin care brand Sun.
What is Cell-FX?
Cell-FX is a state-of-the-art device used to treat lesions (i.e., bumps and spots, including pimples, warts, moles and enlarged sebaceous glands). How does it differ from other technologies used to treat bumps? Well, according to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Bruce Katz, it's a new kind of energy. "It's a whole new source of energy," he explains. "It's called nanopulse stimulation. It's a very powerful, short electrical pulse. This is the first time it's been used in medicine. Dr. Anna Guanche, a dermatologist and board-certified dermatologic surgeon, adds, "Cell-FX is a device that helps improve skin tone and texture and reduce surface growths. It is a nano-pulsed or fast-pulsed electrical device that introduces energy via microneedles.
Another major distinction between Cell-FX and other lesion treatments is that it only targets the bump or spot, so you don't have to worry about damaging the healthy skin around it. "It creates what's called programmed cell death. It's very targeted, so if you're treating an acne lesion, it only affects the sebaceous gland," Katz explains. "It doesn't cause any collateral damage to surrounding tissue. And there's no thermal effect or heat, so there's no damage to collagen or blood vessels. It simply targets the cell you are aiming for.
And the best part? You don't have to worry about those lesions coming back after treatment. "New cells regenerate and renew themselves, for a natural, healthy appearance," Dr. Alexis Parcells, board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of the Sunnie skin care brand, tells us.
Benefits of Cell-FX
Cell-FX is truly a game changer in the treatment and removal of unwanted lesions, as it has several advantages that stand out from other treatment options. Some of the key benefits include:
- Can help keep acne clear for up to a year
- No to minimal side effects
- Increases cell renewal
- Can effectively remove warts in just one to two treatments
- Reduces the appearance of brown spots and hyperpigmentation
- Treats moles and enlarged sebaceous glands
- Minimizes the risk of scarring
- Quick processing
Some of the most notable benefits of Cell-FX are that there is virtually no downtime, minimal risk of scarring, and a significant decrease in the risk of your lesion coming back.
"Prior to Cell-FX, most skin lesions were treated with chemical, thermal or freezing therapies. These current therapies are not accurate in terms of depth of treatment and damage to surrounding tissue," Parcells explains. "In addition, scarring with these treatments can occur. Cell-FX is a cell-specific, non-thermal NPS technology that can precisely target tissue depth, sparing surrounding healthy tissue and reducing the risk of scarring.
How to prepare for Cell-FX treatment
Thanks to Cell-FX's non-invasive technology, you don't have to take any special precautions beforehand, although some providers may ask you to remove your makeup before treating facial lesions. To be safe, however, it's a good idea to ask about recommended preparations beforehand. Parcells also recommends that you speak with your doctor before treatment, as he or she may recommend that you stop certain medications to reduce the risk of bleeding.
What to expect during Cell-FX treatment
Cell-FX is a relatively quick and painless experience - you can even do it on your lunch break and be back at the office before the hour is up.
Before your treatment, your provider will inject a local anesthetic to numb the area. Then, using a laser gun, they will target the specific lesion you want to treat. According to Katz, this gun has tiny needles that insert into the lesion, and the provider will then trigger the machine - a series of pulses lasting 10 to 15 seconds. Your provider will repeat these steps until all your lesions are treated. During treatment, you can expect to feel a little pressure when the needle is inserted. You may also feel contractions and a very slight tingling sensation from the electrical impulses. Depending on the number of lesions to be treated, the entire Cell-FX experience lasts from 10 to 15 minutes.
"You may see visible results in one treatment, however, you may need several to treat stubborn lesions. Lesions typically disappear in 30 to 60 days," Guanche explains. "As the lesion disappears and new cells regenerate to form a new layer of skin, the gradual return to normal skin appearance can take 60 to 90 days."
Potential side effects
One of the best things about Cell-FX is the minimal risk of side effects. "That's the great thing about Cell-FX, because it's so targeted that it doesn't cause any side effects on the surrounding tissue. It only treats the exact spot you're targeting," Katz explains.
Guanche adds, "In clinical studies, no serious side effects have been reported. There may be slight swelling and redness after the procedure.
Cell-FX is a cash treatment that is generally not covered by insurance. There is no specific cost, as it can vary depending on your location, provider and the number of lesions you wish to treat. If you are interested in treatment, consult your provider for more information.
After your Cell-FX treatment, you may experience some mild swelling and redness - and potentially some bleeding - from the site where the tiny needles were injected. Dr. Katz recommends using a gentle ointment like Aquaphor on lesions treated with Cell-FX. Parcells adds, "Most patients are able to resume routine activities after treatment. An antibacterial ointment may be recommended along with a dressing to prevent infection. Follow all post-procedure instructions provided by the physician's office.
As your sores begin to heal, you may get scabs and crusts. It is important to let your skin heal and not scratch the scabs. they will heal on their own.
If you're looking for a non-invasive, quick, and relatively painless way to treat your brown spots, bumps, lumps, and acne, Cell-FX could be a great option for you. Results are long-lasting and can be seen in as little as one to two treatments, making this procedure ideal if you're looking to heal stubborn lesions in a targeted manner while preserving healthy cells.