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Is anyone having success with Cellulaze?

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  • 1 year ago

I am reading a lot of discouraging reviews lately. Some from those who were optimistic at first. Is anyone seeing positive results? I had the procedure 2 weeks ago and may see some slight improvement. I am hoping that is not due to swelling. I am starting to fear that this may have been a huge waste of thousands of dollars. It is difficult to sort through the reviews, updates and comments, so I am hoping that by posting in the forum I can begin to gather accurate opinions. Those who are a few months out would be really helpful as they don't seem to be coming back with updates. Thank you!

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I have been doing cellulaze since just after it was approved and have used it to treat over 200 areas. It is a good treatment but has its strengths and weaknesses. Cellulaze does tighten the skin, melt some fat, and release some dimples, and in so doing, smoothes the skin. However, the recovery is hard for some and the improvement varies from one person to another. Rarely does it almost eliminate the cellulite. And it is expensive! As Dr Blinski said earlier in this discussion, the cost of the fiberoptics etc. is very high and it is very time consuming for the doctor. We have to treat every bit of the cellulite with a 1 millimeter fiberoptic laser. It is like coloring in a whole sheet of paper with a ball point pen! Despite all that, it is the best cellulite treatment there is. It is better than the non-invasive treatments and often at comparable cost given how long many people do the non-invasives. I have seen long term improvement in almost every one I've treated. The improvement has been the best for people with dimples and cottage cheese cellulite.
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Thanks Dr. Hoffman. Here is my question for you: I had this procedure done about 11 months ago. My skin seems to be more loose and "jiggly" (for lack of a better word) than it was before. I am not really happy with the results and wish I had not done it. My doctor has been very good with everything else he has done for me, so I am reluctant to say that he did a bad job. I am more willing to think the procedure wasn't for me. That said, are there people who don't see a tightening of the skin for a year or more? Thanks.
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I had cellulaze and smart lipo almost 8 months ago. Very disappointed. Some improvement but not nearly worth the cost. I was my ps first patient, I don't know if that had a bearing on results but it is not the miracle cute we were all lead to believe.
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Absolutely!!! The learning curve is very very high. Thus the "first" patient compared to the 50th we see so much differences. But also the degree of cellulite you have/had effects outcomes.
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Thanks for sharing! Seriously considering this procedure, and all this information is so very helpful!
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Hi, I had the procedure done about 13 mths. ago. I am still suffering w/ a lot of discoloration under the skin (may be permanent) - all over the front of my thighs, butt & a lot of broken blood vessels. I am not wearing shorts, bathing suit, etc. due to the abnormal color spots all over the skin. I've had consults w/ other drs. to simply ask what could be done to improve the results...not much. I was hopeful to see an improvement, but wish I had never had the procedure. I work out 6 hrs/wk, eat very healthy etc. I do agree w/ Dr. Blinski
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I have been receiving emails on this post and I just wanted to add my experience. I'm age 48 and had cellulaze done 1 year ago (June 4th approx 2013.) I had the back of my thighs, outer thighs, part of the tops of my thighs and my buttocks. After 1 year I have seen improvement. I still have cellulite, I just don't have as much cellulite. I don't know that I have $7,200 worth of improvement which is what I paid. I can say that I am wearing shorter skirts and I have not done that since I was a teenager. The gross cellulite above my knees on the front of my legs is minimal and the cellulite on the backs of my legs looks like what I'd consider most women who have a little cellulite. The problem happened with my butt. I should have never done that. My butt was tight and firm before. I guess that was all the strands that were tight that held my butt that way. Once I did the cellulaze my butt got all giggly. The cellulite improvement there was about nothing. So now I have a giggly loose butt instead of a tight butt. The other thing too is getting my butt done has caused me to be uncomfortable after sitting for a couple of hours. This is still happening one year later. I can't sit for long periods of time. I think the solution is doing butt exercises. However, I'm just commenting on the impact of the cellulaze. Last thing, for those that are a few months out saying it looks worse. I know it is a disappointing time, and we're looking at the summer and you want to look great. What I do know is that there is alot of swelling that takes many months to heal. The trauma to those areas where the cellulaze is done heal at different rates. So where one area looks better and another is still swollen, this looks like cellulite all over again. If you mark your calendar to see your improvement in one year, there will most likely be improvement. But it is not, at least for me, like the pictures they showed me in my doctor's office where people had cellulite and then they didn't. Those must have been the best case studies or something. Hope this helps. Brittany.
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Thank u for writing... I feel the same, I work out everyday but cellulaze made my butt jiggly which I never had!!! Also it looks like the shape changed for the worse!! I'm so disappointed with this procedure...
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Again I think you all need to better understand what CELLULAZE has to offer. In the correct patient the results are wonderful. But patient selection, criteria are the paramount issue. This is not for everyone who has cellulite and expects a "home run" result. I see % improvements in most but that may net translate into that patient's satisfaction of a result. Realistic expectations and honesty from the PS are the #1 thoughts I have. Also the learning curve to be able to adequately preform CELLULAZE is very very high. The doc should have at least 20 cases under their belts, so to speak, before I believe there are qualified to fully understand the techniques in using the CELLULAZE. Again these are my personal thoughts/opinions. I still do CELLULAZE as the best available FDA approved treatment for cellulite. Regards
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Kudos to you Dr. Blinski for participating in this forum. I think we are a bunch of savvy consumers at the end of the day trying to learn as much as we can about Cellulaze. Unlike many advocates of this procedure, you've been willing to share your own real-world data and not just dispense advice. That is totally appreciated! I think I have a great surgeon and realistic expectations but only time will tell if I am a "one and done" patient!
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After over a year of preforming CELLULAZE with over 100+ cases my findings will be outlined in the following. Does it work? is really the question. The answer is "maybe"! I find the grading of cellulite determines the % improvement in results. Obviously the better the grade of cellulite the easier the possibility of obtain an result is. Grade II improve much better than Grades III. But the improvement in all Grades is seen but to what degree? If the improvement is from a level of 5 to 8 on a 10 point scale than in most Plastic surgeon's opinions that is a good acceptable result. BUT in the individual patient's reality is could not be acceptable. So the "subjective" determination of what is a good result is so varied. Besides using strict patient selection, I must comment on the LONG length of recovery - in my opinion from 9 months to a year. This operation is not a few months to see great results but a long haul. Another issue is the NEED of post operative lymphatic massaging is a must! Finally, the cost to the patients and the expense to the doctors is much to high. The set/up and materials fees are out of line from the company, in excess of $1,000 per case. Thus we have to pass this expense on to the patients. And in my opinion CELLULAZE is a two time at least operations to obtain better results. There are newer technologies becoming available i.e. from VASER. But again at what $$'s. This is my personal view. I still offer CELLULAZE to patients following very strict guidelines and giving very detailed informed consents. In fact my base fees are very reduced, to almost costs, so to allow more patients to be done.
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So if this doesn't say what everyone needs to know I don't know what will, tis Dr. has reduced his fees to allow more patients to be done?? My Dr. hasn't advertised Cellulaze since last fall, my first procedure will be a year old this month, LOL have 2 repeats of two areas and two original procedures front and backs done separately, then repeated, and NOT worth it.... my Dr. is a good PS this procedure just doesn't WORK on a lot of patients, there really is a lesson to be learned here.
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Thanks Wishful. I also want to add to my comments that I wrote below to "mimom2" a couple of days ago. I actually think my legs look a little bit worse than they did before the procedure. I really wish I didn't have it done. Again, I don't know if it's due to sagging skin, or just dimpling in different places, but I am really disappointed, and feel like I look worse. Also, I commented that I weigh less now...I want to clarify that it's only by about 4 lbs, so there was no major weight loss that could be contributing to the worse look or skin that jiggles when I walk. I keep hoping it will start looking better, but it just doesn't.
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I feel the same... My legs and butt look worse than before. I specifically asked my doctor before if there was any crazy chance it could look worse and he said no ! I have been so depressed ever since I had this done. I refuse to wear all my cute sun dresses and shorts. I don't even feel comfortable in black leggings , I'm a fitness instructor and eat extremely clean. I work so hard on my body so this is really bothering me! I had my about 7 weeks ago
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Hey Liz. I know how you feel. Though I will say that you should see some improvement beyond the 7 week mark. Though I feel like I look worse than before I started, it looked REALLY bad for the first 2 months. Then it looked better than after the procedure was initially done. Though at the end...at 9 months, I just feel like I looked better before I even began. But don't worry, it should look better than it does now for you. Keep us updated.
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I might not make an friends with this comment but I am curious if anyone else has noticed the difference between the "worth it" reviews and " not worth it reviews? Overwhelmingly, the not worth it reviews contain multiple entries over long periods of time and often have photos as well. This makes me feel like I really understand the reviewer's experience as objectively as she can describe it. Now, if you search on "worth it" reviews and sort on most recent first, about 90% are single entry reviews with no photos. I do know that several PS practices ask patients to provide reviews on realself.com. This makes me wonder how "worth it" those positive reviews really are. At a minimum, I would really like to see more pictures and entries for the positive reviews. I should note that I am day 11 post op and still feeling positive that I'll have a good result. I think I have pretty realistic expectations and didn't hate my legs before, so any visible improvement will be good enough for me.
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Hello Mimom, I had my cellulaze done about 9 months ago. I was probably one of those "multiple entry" individuals, but I did not include photos. My doctor sent me before/after photos, and I was unable to tell which were which! At this point, I'd have to say "not worth it". I actually weigh less now than I did then by a few pounds, so I know that the "results" are showing as they should be. I love my doctor, but the procedure has it's limits. I was underwhelmed (disappointed) by the final result. I was hopeful that the improvement would be obvious, but it's not in my case. It leaves me wondering if the tiny bit of improvement that I might be seeing is me just being optimistic. Despite the alleged removal of the surface fat (?..not sure if that's what it's called) and the alleged tightening of the skin, I don't feel better. I also am not sure if the worse results are due to my skin sagging, or if the procedure simply didn't work very well. I am 47 years old, but I see other women my age with smoother skin than me. I have had to learn to love myself the way I am, and in a world where we feel like we need these procedures to begin with, that's hard, but really necessary. So, I've run out of options. I'm 5'4", and 117 lbs. I'm in good shape, and I'm bummed out that I am not totally happy with the results, but that's just the way it is. So, I'm working on the fact that I'm beautiful the way I am...but I sure wish the surgery had helped! I hope this is useful for you.
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Wow, I'm not sure whether to be hopeful or depressed! I read another post recently that discussed the part of the process that involves cutting the septae and a few things occur to me. 1. The assumption is that when the septae grow back they do so in a "male" pattern which is more diagonal than vertical in relation to the skin. That makes me wonder if this is not always the case. It could explain why some women have no results even a year later; perhaps their septae grew back just they way they were before? 2. The procedure only requires cutting the septal that cause the "valleys". You could imagine scenarios where too many were cut, resulting in loose, jiggly skin, or too few were cut resulting in only a modest improvement. So, for me this keeps coming back to two things: 1. Surgeon skill which is developed over time and this is a really new procedure and 2. Individual patient characteristics which are seemingly impossible to predict (who is going to be a good candidate). In the many Dr answers here, there seems to be a lot of difference of opinion. Sigh. I'm still hoping for the best.
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I had cellulaze 40 days ago on the back and sides of my thighs and butt. My legs look worse than before. I get lumps in weird places and will not show my legs. My doctor told me I would see full results at 3 to 6 months but never told me I would be worse and lumpy for this long!! Very disappointed!
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Here is a recent RealSelf article about different treatments to get rid of booty cellulite, including Cellulaze.  What do you think?

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I have read the last few comments> Here are the facts if they have not been told to you..... There is significant swelling and bruising for up to 4 weeks. One should not expect the improvement to be initially seen until 3 months ( many of these comments are at 6 weeks). Results continue to improve to the point when you should then really look at it at 6 Months... the result is fairly stable from that time on Hope this helps. Good luck!! Barry DiBernardo, MD, FACS Lead Clinical Research Center for Cellulaze
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Thanks Dr. DiBernardo. I wrote the comment right below yours ("Negative Nelly"), and I am now in my 14th week (about 2.5 months). Just 2 days ago, I started to feel as if..."hey..maybe this is looking better now". Again today, I looked down and it felt like it was improving. Upon my last visit with my doctor, he did tell me to massage the area, so I started to do that about 4 weeks ago, but haven't done it for about the past 10 days. So....I am going to keep my fingers crossed, and continue to monitor it. It does look better than it did at week #6. ...not majorly better, but definitely better. Thanks for your words of encouragement.
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Oh, that is good to hear. Please continue to keep us posted - we are all so curious to hear what people are seeing after the healing period has wrapped up.

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I am 5 months out and still see no improvement. :(
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Hi Lumpy Legs, That's sad to hear :( You should start a review and tell us your story; Do you know if your doctor had a lot of SmartLipoTriplex experience? Many doctors don't have a lot of Cellulaze experience because it is so new. However, from my research, I believe the doctors who have a lot of SmartLipoTriplex experience have better results (because Cellulaze is a modification of the SmartLipoTriplex technology). I do believe the outcome of this procedure depends greatly on the skill of the doctor. At this point, you can share your story with others to help us all learn and also talk to your doctor to see what your options are. Some ladies who got the Cellulaze procedure early on and did not have results, are having better luck with revisions. Best of luck.
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