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Cellulaze Bruising and Pain

  • Bruiser1
  • Durham, NC
  • 1 year ago

I had Cellulaze about 3 weeks ago and I am just starting to feel better.  I had an incredible amount of pain especially when I stood up from laying down, or when I stood up from the sitting position.  It felt like anvils were hanging off the sides of my thighs and pulling down with a lot of painful force.  I still have bruising... the upper thighs are a darker color in the form of a filled-in square where the doctor put on the templates.  I want people to know that it isn't simply a week of discomfort and minimal bruising.  I am attaching a picture 2 weeks post procedure.  Hope this helps.  

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My patients have been extremely happy with Cellulaze, as have I. There are, however, a few downsides. These are: bruising for 4-6 weeks, incomplete resolution of cellulite (50-90% improvement), and 3 months to see the final results. If you can be patient, you can be happy!
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The pain should subside, and the bruising typically will resolve by 4 weeks. Some patients have a more vascular response from their body's healing capacity and can take longer to resolve.We a wound or process heals, one of the mechanisms is to bring in more blood vessels to aid in healing. It is also normal for these excess blood vessels to resolve on their own. In other surgeries, the scars are red at first ,and can take up to a year to go back to normal skin coloration. it is not that we are not concerned, but ... We typically do nothing until the 6 month mark because many of these will resolve on their own. In the few patients who have had the bruising( excess blood vessels) persist, we have had to do a comlimenatry laser or light treatment which has then helped...but give your body a chance to settle down first. Hope this helps
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I am post 6 weeks. I still have bruising. It appeared that the procedure had really worked after about 3 weeks. The side of my legs looked a lot smoother. Post 6 weeks though the cellulite has reappeared. I believe once the swelling starts to subside, the cellulite becomes visable again. Of course, the doctor says it will eventually all smooth out at about 3 to 6 months. I have my serious doubts.
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This makes sense. Yes, first the swelling goes down, so you may see the cellulite more again, but....at around the 3-6 month mark, the stimulation of the cells to make more collagen and thicken the skin will then improve the appearance again.... this skin thickening has persisted for over 3 years in the patients we have studied
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Hi Dr. DiBernardo, Have you had reports of loose and saggy skin on the butt resulting in a less firm butt than what was prior to Cellulaze? Two of the RealSelf members (usercalifornia and Brittany6755) who had the Cellulaze procedure reported: "While the skin on the back of my thighs is slightly smoother and tighter, the skin on my buttocks (the entry point for some of the incisions) is still very loose and saggy, whereas it was NOT at all saggy before.." I posted this question under the Q&A section and the Cellulaze doctors who responded had not seen this in their patients and are not sure what is going on. Being that you have had the most experience with Cellulaze, can you please share your insight regarding this. Thank you.
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yes it does help
thanks you!
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Hi all! I'm writing again because I've been seeing so many of your comments about discoloration and I'm a full 4 months out and STILL have it on the side of legs, under my legs and on my butt. Dr. Dibernardo in Montclair NJ did mine and at my 3 month kept acting like it looked fine when and that it's "just the lightning" and we'll reevaluate at 6 months. I'm NOT happy with him at all and I'll post my final review at 6 months with pictures. His bedside manner is awful and I'm just so glad this wasn't more major work as if NEVER go to him again. I also have broken capillaries but my main concern is the color. I spray tan so it sort of helps but when I miss a few days it looks terrible. Has anyone tried any other creams? My skin actually is also swollen & lumpy in parts too!!! I'm not sure if this will ever heal. Does anyone still have swelling?? At 4 months I just can't believe the coloring AND I still have full blown incision marks!!!!! Dr. Dibernardo actually got that friggen black marker IN one of them and it still hasn't faded. This is another complaint he blew off. I can't wait until my 6 month I'm not letting him shoot me down anymore. Any advice on healing the discoloration please share I'm so discouraged it'll never heal :(
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Hi almostfamousxo: it's lctx, our results have been so similar. Almost 5 mths. out, the discoloration is not budging, the cellulite is still there &l the cellulite looks much worse in places, I feel horrifically disfigured. I cannot wear shorts, bathing suit, or anything above the knee. I have 20 or more broken blood vessels that I will have to pay more to have fixed...this experience for me has been a nightmare (I wish I could wakeup & be back to where I was before the procedure)- I would not recommend it to anyone.
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Who did your procedure?? I have photos we can email if you'd like to see mine let me know
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My doc was Dr. Powell in Irv., Tx. The procedure is just still so new - the Drs. get trained & hope for the best results. This laser is a very powerful tool & can do permanent damage. None of the issues I had we're discussed by my Dr. He did not have any suggestions on helping w/ these side effects afterwards on post op visits. I agree w/ Dr. Blinski to give it time. I have followed all directions, eat well & workout often. Since I've seen very little change since week 4 - the reality of this is either something went wrong, or I'm not going to see good results...
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I so appreciate your honestly LCT. It seems that "time" is the only thing we have to wait on. I'm going to possibly try the Kinseo Tape at a physical therapist by me for a few weeks but I'm sick of spending more money! I'm going to call Dr. D as well today to try a bleaching cream? My incision marks still haven't faded either but the discoloration is really my main concern... I hope it will fade and I will be very sad if it stay forever. I just wish my Dr. was more forthcoming ...
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In my opinion if you can not take the time to see one of the certified CELLULAZE docs in your area than your commitment to having any operation is minimal. But I will TRY to answer each question here as I am between surgeries.
1-3. LipoTron is a NON approve by the FDA ? treatment as I read in the article by By Mary Ann Roser Published: 6:57 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2012 on www.statesman.com/.../state-examining-claims-about-lipotron-device.. Thus in my opinion an expensive UNPROVEN device that even at a reduced fee of $2,000 is expensive. NO real science can be found!
4. Smart Lipo and Cellulaze are owned by the same parent company CYNOSURE. Smart Lipo TRIPLEX unit is similar to the CELLULAZE in that we use one of the wavelengths of 1440. The main difference is the fiber. In SMART LIPOTYRIPLEX the fiber has a 90 degree cute to the light beam "shoots" straight. In the CELLULAZE 3-D fiber the cut is at 45 degrees and the hand piece allows the surgeon the position the energy beam up, down or to the side. It ONLY delivers the 1440 nm wavelength while the SL Triplex has 1064,1320 and 1440 wavelength. SL Triplex is for melting deeper subcutaneous fat vs Cellulaze is sub dermal only. But basically the CELLULAZE ONLY treats cellulite! This a very brief overview.
5. Again no photos no in person examination NO ANSWER can be given to this #5 question.
Hope this helps.
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i feel that many of my questions could have been answer without a picture or visit since they are technical and would apply to anyone;
it it takes too much time to anwser my question in writing, could i call you?
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1- ....what about lipotron for fat removal and tightening?
is it worthed the money?
there is a current local offer of 20 treatments for $2,000
they say that they would alternate from front thighs to back thighs: one week the front...one week the back for total of 20 treatments.
they say that they cannot do more because the lymphatic cannot eliminate the fat for more areas.
the treatments are 30-45 minutes
they say that they don't program the time of the treatment in the lipotron machine but that the lipotron machine establishes the duration of 30 or 45 minutes depending of how much fat needs to be removed...etc..
2- ...is that the truth?

other establishments say that they program themselves the lipotron machine and that the treatments are 90 minutes and that the lymphatic will process the elimination of all the fat.....

3- ...what to believe?

4- ...is smart lipo the same or almost as cellulaze?

i am 5'6'' weigh 134 pounds and have cellulite and hanging skin on my thighs
i am in good health, don't drink, don't smoke and eat healthy

5- ...what result could i expect with lipotron versus cellulaze or smart lipo? ---10%-20% better....30% better?
thanks!
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Im[possible to reply over the internet without at least photo or in person examination.
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Without a full in person examination the guessimate fee would be $8,000 to $12,000. Best to see a certified CELULAZE doc in your area. Dr Christine Kunech or Jason Pozner are close to you. Or go to CELLULAZE.com place your zip code to find others Regards
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Hi,...
I live in Boca Raton, Florida.
Could any of you give me an idea of how much I can expect to pay to have Cellulaze done on the front, back, inner and outter thigh (the whole thighs)....and also can I get the buttock done at the same time and how much more for that area?
Also, does Cellulaze breaks capillars?
Thanks!
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Just wanted to update on this thread with some additional information I found out on the extended-life bruising that we've been experiencing. The "bruising" is actually called Hemosiderin Staining. From what I understand, Hemosiderin often forms after bleeding during surgery. When blood leaves a ruptured blood vessel, the red blood cell dies, and the hemoglobin of the cell is released into the extracellular space. White blood cells called macrophages engulf the hemoglobin to degrade it, producing hemosiderin. Hemosiderin staining, also called hemosiderosis, is a brown or rusty discoloration of the skin resulting from a buildup of hemosiderin in the fluid of the body.

I think since Cellulaze is so new, we are all finding out things about it as it happens to us. Thankfully, forums like this one exist so we can share information with each other and offer support. Had we known that all this bruising has a name, and that it can be a normal side effect of surgery sometimes, I would have been less anxious about my experience. I can say now, very definitely that I feel very positive about my experience and am happy the way things are turning out. I hope this is helpful...: ) I'll keep you posted. : )
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You're not a slow healer - I think the procedure is alot more invasive than we predicted...there are so many of us w/ the same concerns & disappointments! The arnica used 3 times a day is helping....appreciate your blogs...
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This helps a LOT. It sounds like you are well educated in this subject. I'm just mostly confused now because it seems like this bruising will never go away. In the pictures they look light, but that was because the camera didn't capture it very well. And it still itches and aches so obviously its still healing. I must just be a slow healer. Its been almost 3 months since the procedure.
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Hi Bruiser1 just came across this blog. I had cellulaze on June 18th-so its been 2 months post-op. I still have bruising and the cellulite is still there (except now it looks alongated instead of dimpled) - did you see any improvement in the appearance of the cellulite or bruising after 2 months post-op? I'm freaking out.
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Hi Stillbruised! To answer your question, yes - I did notice improvement in cellulite, almost immediately to be honest. It's hard to notice the improvement though at first because the bruising is so overwhelming...AND the pain. You might want to ask your doctor to show you your Before picture, just to see the difference in cellulite, you might be surprised : ). After two months I had significant bruising still, AND pain, and the bruised color even seemed to be traveling .... like spreading, or maybe it was just settling... not sure. I STILL have discoloration and it's been 3 and a half months. The pain and itching has more or less dissipated but when I have a lazy day reading and am sedentary or something I feel that lurch of discomfort when I stand up. It's like the lymphatic circulation has been impaired or compromised. However, since I can feel it getting better daily, I still am trying to stay positive about a complete recovery. Hope that helps you... try not to freak out, it gets better! : )
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P.S. Kinesio Tape helps aLOT - it's like a lymphatic massage 24/7. Some Chiropractic offices offer this service, usually for around $30 or so and lasts up to 8-10 days. Also, wearing the compression garment occasionally still helps - even after 3 1/2 months it feels pretty good and supportive. Hard to wear that during the summer though so I still just sleep in it occasionally.
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Hey Bruiser, I don't think there is relationship. They are three different processes. Bruising is from damaged blood vessels and goes through the normal evolution of colors as the healing occurs...purple, yellow/green, etc. If there is remaining pigment it is hemosiderin staining (iron product from broken red blood cells) and that fades with time. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is from melanin, usually occurs in darker skin types, and takes months to resolve. Melasma is melanin too and occurs from sun exposure and hormones. Does that help?
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Hey - I have a question for all of you who are experiencing extensive bruising. I was wondering if there was a relationship between bruising and hyperpigmentation. Do any of you have melasma or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation?
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