Too Good to Be True? Cellulaze Comments From Real Patients

MakenzieR on 2 May 2012 at 6:00pm

cellulaze resultsThe beauty industry has been abuzz since Cellulaze was FDA approved in February as the latest cellulite-fighting procedure. It had a full-page feature in Marie Claire magazine, and has been featured on The Doctors and news programs on NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX.

But no matter how drastic the results, it's hard to believe what you see and hear from a talk-show patient on a segment that looks suspiciously pay-for-play. So, we've rounded up comments from the Cellulaze reviews on RealSelf so you can see what everyday people who spent their own money have to say about it (hint: so far, 100% say the procedure is Worth It).

  • "They say it takes 3 months to see the full results. It's been 10 days. AND IT'S GONE it's the best thing to have ever been invented." - grlygerl25
     
  • "I am 4 weeks post Cellulaze procedure and the results are amazing! ... I am still improving each day. I am seriously considering doing the other back areas. One of my friends even noticed in my yoga pants that it was gone. This has been the best money I could have spent to improve a part of my body that has been an issue for a majority of my life." - msratchet
     
  • "Other than the injections for the lidocaine, there was no pain for me. The post procedure soreness is expected, but it is not 'painful.' I swear it is like heavy post-exercise muscle soreness." - cellulazepatient
     
  • "I am tattooed everywhere and it was less than tattoo pain! The numbing was the worst part." - ree gee
     
  • "There is a huge difference even though it’s only been one week ... If it looks this good now, I can only imagine what it’s going to look like in another six months! The skin is so much smoother than it was. I have tried massage therapies, different diets or exercise in the past, but it never helped." - caitlynfiero
     
  • "Pros: cellulite gone forever in one time treatment that was an hour Cons: minuscule pain of a 1 out of 10 the next day but I still went to work." - Palmbeachchick
     
  • "I am four weeks out now ... I did my clench the butt', pelvis forward movement, which always brought out my (too many to count) little craters and I could not make them appear. So I would say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED." - NYTennis

Check out these before and after photos, courtesy of Dr. Barry DiBernardo, a leader in the Cellulaze clinical trials:

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cellulaze before and after

And just because it's a great perspective, here's what the Cellulaze incision looks like after 14 days, as documented by RealSelf member NYTennis:

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For doctor's opinions, see: "Top 10 Q&A About New FDA Approved Cellulaze"

What do you think about Cellulaze? At an average cost of $5,800, would you try it, or does it seem too good to be true?

Photo credits: Ruslan Olinchuk/Deposit; Barry e. Dibernardo, md; nytennis on realself

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I had cellulaze done two days ago on my front, back and lateral thighs. Quite a long surgery - 8 hours under anesthesia. So far, the nastiest part is the lidocaine leakage. Fortunately, I was prepared with those disposable hospital pads for my bed. Because my procedure was very extensive, I could not return to work the next day. I am expecting to return to work tomorrow (3rd day post procedure). Pain is minimal - more like tingling all over and soreness. Tracey from Novi, Michigan

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I have spent the past year researching the safety and effectiveness of Cellulaze. I was honored to moderate a "Master's Panel" at Vegas Cosmetic Surgery 2012 at which time Barry DeBarnardo, MD (Montclair, NJ) presented the scientific one year results of Cellulze. The before and after photos were similar to what we are seeing here on RealSelf, and most impressively, 90% of women were still very happy after one year. Recently, Dr. DeBarnardo presented the 3 year results which again showed a 90% satisfaction rate. The 10% who are not satisfied are thought to have been poor candidates with either too much fat that required liposuction instead, or had too severe cellulite.

It appears that we finally have what appears to be a permanent treatment for cellulite. I am extremely cautious,skeptical, and critical of the promises of new technologies, but I am convinced that when performed properly, the results are real and long lasting. We have incorporated Cellulaze technology in our practice. I will be performing all of the treatments. Good luck and be well.

Michael Persky, MD, FACS
Encino and Beverly Hills, CA
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I am 2weeks out and still pretty sore . See results but not yet am cellulite free
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Just curious if you've seen improvement since your last post?
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db4758 going slow with the lidocaine shots really don't make a huge difference. I had it done yesterday and my doctor went slow but it still hurt a lot
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Sorry to hear the shots still hurt, not sure why that is but from my experience slow works for me. Would love to see your results.
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I can't wait to see results to lol...Doc said don't expect anything until 3 months so I will be waiting but not very patiently. Will update my review as I see progress.
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I'm a two week post cellulaze procedure. Im still a little sore but the out come is awesome! My thighs are so much smoother and I agree its the best thing i ever spent money on!
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That's great, Charlotte! At two weeks out, are you still fairly bruised?

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So glad to hear you are seeing good results already Charlotte! Would love to have you post a review of your experience in the Cellulaze Community. There are some amazing people in there, and I think you will enjoy the support & comradery. :)

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Yeah, im pretty bruised! But my legs look great!
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Ok, thank you.
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I have to point out to all those who say the lidocaine injections are the worst is BECAUSE, are you paying attention?: They are injecting too fast the lidocaine too fast. Yes it's that easy of a solution, beg if you have to so that they will inject VERY slowly and it does not burn. I have had over 30 surgeries, not cosmetic and many procedures so trust me when I say; Inject Slowly. Hope this helps
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Thanks for sharing that tip, db. I have read many reviews of different procedures where they say the numbing injections are the worst part of it. I'm anxious to poke around and see if anyone else has found relief by having them done slowly!

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Suggest to anyone you know that is having any type of shot whether it's a flu shot, antibiotic, anything... and ask them to inject slowly, if it begins to burn ask them to slow down. Sadly most nurses do not know how to give a proper injection any longer only because they just want to get it over with. With the Cellulaze I am sure there are many injections so that would be one reason to just pump it in and keep moving on. Sad but true. Best Wishes.
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i would talk to someone who has actually done it first. So far the photos are amazing. Best before & after I've ever seen for cellulite reduction. For the lasting results I'd say that price is definitely worth it!
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