Would it be possible to do the Cellulaze treatment without even local anesthesia?
Would Cellulaze Ever Be Done Without Any Sort of Anesthesia?
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Local anesthesia and Cellulaze
Cellulaze is best performed with at least local anesthesia. The procedure uses a laser to heat the skin as well as melt superficial fat. This laser treatment would be too painful to perform without some local anesthesia. Fortunately, it is rare to need more than local anesthesia.
Cellulaze under local anesthesia
Over 95% of our patients who undergo treatment with cellulaze are able to do so under local anesthesia. We make the process a good one for our patients by starting with an oral medication that relaxes you and then applying a dilute local anesthetic to the area that will be treated. Patients appreciate the ease of recovery when treatment is carried out in this manner.
Cellulaze is a great procedure to treat cellulite, but because it uses a laser that is painful at least local anesthesia is needed. Talk to your surgeon about options or concerns you have regarding local anesthesia. Usually this is tolerated very well.
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Cellulaze without local anesthesia
Cellulaze would not be advisable to do without any local anesthesia. The tumescent solution that is injected serves many purposes in addition to pain control. As an example, the saline solution creates a better enviornment within the tissue for the laser/cannula as well as constricting blood vessels to minimize bruising and bleeding. The tumescent anesthetic solution is quite safe and the amount infused is monitored closely. Any questions you have regarding the procedure or anesthesia can be answered during a consultation appointment with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Dr. Grant Stevens
Cellulaze without anesthesia
Hello and thanks for your question. Cellulaze has to be done under at least a local anesthesia, as the laser energy, which generates heat, absorbed by the body is too great to tolerate. In addition the tumescent solution used is required in order to spread the energy more evenly into the tissue.
The Cellulaze procedure can be done under local anesthesia in most cases
If you would do OK getting a root canal without anesthesia, then perhaps you could handle Cellulaze without anesthesia. But seriously, this is a laser (hot) moved back and forth under your skin for hours. Local anesthesia is fine for limited areas, but if you're getting several areas done, the local anesthesia must be diluted to keep within a safe dose, and so a more systemic anesthesia is needed, i.e. IV sedation, "twilight" anesthesia, or even general anesthesia.
Cellulaze and anesthesia
Smaller areas of treatment with Cellulaze can be safely and comfortably performed with local anesthesia with tumescent techniques. For much larger areas of treatment, I do provide the option of IV sedation to make it more comfortable for my patients. Having said that, I have several colleagues who will perform larger areas with local anesthesia as well. Talk to your Cellulaze board certified plastic surgeon to learn more about your options.
Cellulaze performed under local anesthesia
The Cellulaze procedure is best performed under a local anesthesia. Talk to your surgeon about other anesthesia options.
Cellulaze and Anesthesia
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