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What Are the Side Effects of Cellulaze Treatment?

Are there any side effects that I should be prepared for with Cellulaze?

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Very limited side effects of Cellulaze

Cellulaze side effects include:

  • Bruising:  virtually all patients experience some degree of bruising.  This is managed with compression and supplements like Arnica
  • Soreness:  since the treatment is applied to the skin itself, there is a sensation of general soreness to the area that lasts a few days to weeks
  • Firmness:  the skin has been treated to cause firming and thickening, so this sensation is a normal consequence of the treatment

There is a risk of infection as with any surgical procedure, but otherwise side effects are limited. 

Plano Plastic Surgeon
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6101 Chapel Hill Blvd
Plano, TX 75093

Side effects of Cellulaze

In my opinion, the side effects of Cellulaze are well described by the other experts. Some less common side effects include small blood vessels (telangectasia) and hyperpigmentation. The first is caused by the surgeon going too superficially. The second is common at incision sites in darker skin patients. Treatment with bleaching cream should be iniated early for prevention.
Good luck!

Jeffrey Rapaport, MD
Clifton Dermatologic Surgeon
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333 Sylvan Ave
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Cellulaze side effects

There is very little pain or discomfort involved patients typically can return to their normal routine in 1-2 days. Bruising and swelling will subside over time.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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60 East 56th Street
New York, NY 10022

Common Cellulaze side effects

The most common things to expect during your recovery initially would be swelling, bruising, some oozing from incision sites (for the first 12-24 hours), tenderness/soreness. Bruising and tenderness should resolve over the 2-3 weeks. Swelling may persist a few weeks longer. Some patients experience patchy areas of numbness or tingling after the procedure that will resolve over time.  All of these things are quite normal and expected and do go away on their own with no extra attention needed.

Dr. Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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4644 Lincoln Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292


Cellulaze is a FDA approved one time treatment that utilizes a 1440 nm wavelength laser to accomplish 3 things:  1) melt away fat bulging out 2) break up fibrous septae (attachments) that create the indentations and 3) help thicken the dermis (skin) to prevent future recurrence.   The procedure can take between 60-90 minutes and can be completed under local or just IV sedation (depending on the length of your procedure and number of areas being treated). To see your final results takes between 3-6 months. You can visit the cellulaze . com website to learn more about the procedure and find a plastic surgeon who performs the procedure near you. Best of luck!
Dr. Basu
Houston, TX

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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6400 Fannin
Houston, TX 77030

What Are the Side Effects of Cellulaze Treatment?

It seems the side effects or complications are doctor dependent. In that understanding appropriate patient selection, informed consenting are paramount. Seromas are by far the #1 risk, followed by black and blue (ecchymosis), continued irregularities, burns, poor results. Regards Dr. B, MIAMI

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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6330 Manor Lane
Miami, FL 33143

Cellulaze has very few side effects

Cellulaze is a surgical treatment so you will experience some soreness afterwards and probably bruising.  Some people bruise very little and some have a lot more bruising.  Arnica can help.  Infection is possible but very rare, I've never seen it.  The skin may feel numb afterwards, but it recovers in time.

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
Los Gatos Plastic Surgeon
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805 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Side Effects of Cellulaze

The Cellulaze cellulite laser treatment is a minimally invasive procedure which usually requires only local anesthesia. Some light bruising can occur, but you'll be able to return to normal activities within a day or two. Your physician may ask you to wear a compression garment for a short period after treatment. Following a Cellulaze cellulite laser treatment, you may experience some aches, much like after a physical workout.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 115 reviews

5410 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

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