Nothing Worked Until Cellulaze - Chevy Chase, MD

I’ve had cellulite on the back of thighs for...

I’ve had cellulite on the back of thighs for years, but I hadn’t heard of any treatment that works until now with Cellulaze. My cellulite is small ridges on the backs of my thighs, just enough to annoy me. I scheduled a consultation with Dr. Tina B. West who is offering the procedure in her Chevy Chase, MD office. Dr. West is a very experienced dermatologic surgeon, who also performs LipoSelection and CoolSculpting body contouring procedures, so I knew I was in good hands.

During the consultation, Dr. West made it very clear that this is not a quick fix; it takes 3 to 6 months to see full results. After seeing the before and after pictures, and Dr. West answering all of my questions, I decided Cellulaze was for me.

I had the back of my thighs, starting at the back of my knees, treated with Cellulaze by Dr. West on June 21, 2012. I came in at 8:30 a.m. and had photos taken. Dr. West answered all of my questions and I was then given a Valium. They marked my area to be treated with different colored markers and then had me lie on my stomach on the table.

Dr. West injected a special numbing solution into my legs that numbed the didn’t hurt at all. The treatment took about an hour, maybe a little more. There was no pain during the procedure and that was great! I was able to talk to Dr. West and her assistant throughout the procedure. I never felt woozy or out of it from the Valium, just relaxed. When the procedure was over, I felt fine. I put my compression garment on. Dr. West told me I would have some drainage from the sites for 24-48 hours, so I was prepared for it. I went home and took it easy for the rest of the day but was never uncomfortable.

I had drainage for about 24 hours or so, but it wasn’t terrible. Using the absorbent pads certainly helped. I returned to work the next day without much inconvenience. I have to say, I was expecting this procedure to be a lot more painful! Maybe having a smaller area treated is a “cake-walk”. Honestly the worst part has to be the compression garment. It really does compress! In a week I’ll be able to switch to Spanx, which aren’t nearly as tight as these. I slept fine that night. I did take an Advil that night ‘just in case’ but I don’t think I needed it.

As I sit here writing this 5 days after Cellulaze my thighs are still a little bruised and of course tender to the touch, but I feel that they do look a little smoother…but it’s way too early to tell. Dr. West told me NOT to expect results for 3 to 6 months and the bruising may get worse before it gets better. I just have to be patient! Based on the information I have read about what is actually happening under my skin (and what I’ve read here on RealSelf), I can’t imagine seeing results until the healing has finished…I will keep everyone posted!

It's been a week since my Cellulaze treatment with...

It's been a week since my Cellulaze treatment with Dr. Tina West and I feel great! My bruising is getting better day by day; right now it's kind of a yellowish discoloration in the areas that were treated. The skin is still a little tender to the touch, but it feels a little tighter and smoother. I'm wearing Spanx at night. I haven't had any drainage since the night after Cellulaze.

I've been reluctant to go bicycling, I feel like I could start that next week. I'm only sitting on edges of chairs, and getting into the car is just a little challenging. I don't have any tingling or numbness.

Overall, I feel great and the area looks better than it did before. Looking forward to getting to the 3 month mark!

It's been almost a month since my Cellulaze...

It's been almost a month since my Cellulaze treatment with Dr. West. I look (and feel!) GREAT! I can definitely see smoother, flatter skin where I was treated. The bruises and swelling are long gone. I’m doing all of my normal activities. Once in a while I get a little tightness where I had the Cellulaze, but a light massage relieves that. I had a full body massage yesterday and that was great! I know I’m only one month along and not to expect full results for a few more, but I’m really happy with what I’m seeing!

I officially hit the one month mark and am doing...

I officially hit the one month mark and am doing great! The areas I had treated are definitely smoother with less noticeable cellulite. I still have a few months before I reach my 'best' but i am truly happy. I know a big part of my success so far has to with Dr. West. She is the best! Her skill and experience have made this entire procedure so enjoyable for me. If you're interested in Cellulaze in Washington DC I fully recommend Dr Tina West.

I had a 6 week follow up today with Dr. West. I...

I had a 6 week follow up today with Dr. West. I was so excited to see the pictures from before Cellulaze compared to today's pictures. I will post them, that's how excited I am about my fabulous results. As you can see, the back of my upper thighs are much smoother than before. Dr. West was really happy with my results as well...and she reminded me I'm still only at the halfway point-I may have even more improvement to come! Since it's going to be so hot this weekend in Washington, DC, you'll find me at the pool showing off my 'new' legs! Thank you Cellulaze and Dr. Tina West!
Washington Dermatologic Surgeon

Dr. Tina West and her staff at The West Institute for Skin, Laser and Body Contouring couldn't have been more professional. I was seen on time and had a very thorough Cellulaze consultation. She answered all my questions and was very honest about the procedure, which helped me have realistic expectations. Dr. West performed my procedure with care, asking me how I was feeling and for my feedback the entire time. It was a great experience! I highly recommend Dr. West!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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