So my story is a bit different from some of the women in this blog. I went to Dr.Byrd looking for an alternative to fix not only my thigh cellulite, but also to improve awful dimpling, lumps and deformities left behind from a lipo and f/u fat graft done three years ago by a different surgeon. I actually went into the office seeking to have few velashape treatments. After her examination, she suggested I be a candidate for the cellulaze since it would improve the cellulite and most likely the other problems. I was concern about the pain and the procedure itself, but after talking to Dr. Byrd and her staff, I felt more comfortable that this could be the right thing to do. I spent endless hours researching and reading these blogs. The information I found here was so helpful that inspired me to share my story as well. I had my procedure done on June 21st.
I was sedated with one tab of valium followed shortly by an IV dose of versed. Both of these medications made me relaxed. After careful picture taking of my marked legs, she proceded to inject my thighs with the numbing medication. The pain at this time was maybe a 1 or 2 out of 10. Not bad in comparison to what I was anticipating. Cellulaze was performed on both of my saddle areas. After the procedure was done, paddings were placed on top of the worked area and a garment was fitted. I went home maybe after 3 hours, do not recall the time that good since my sedation. I did become very nauseous and did vomit once I got home. I spent most of the afternoon resting and w/o any pain. Prior to bed, I took 2 regular tylenol, Arnica pellets and went to sleep. I had no problems sleeping the first night.
The following day I woke up feeling sore, swollen and bruised, but w/o any pain. My daily routine since my procedure has been the following; 1. Take the antibiotics tabs twice daily, take arnica pellets 2-4 times per day, change padding position (from horizontal to vertical) as needed, apply arnica cream lightly over worked area and wear my garment 23 hours a day. I have found these to be so helpful. I had my follow up appt today and I could truly say I see a difference. I know that a lot of the improvement may be due to the swelling, but I remain optimistic that cellulaze finally removed the ugly indentations I've tried to hide for so many years. My biggest advise to those of you who are thinking about doing this is to do your research, find a good specialist, follow instructions to the t and have realistic expectations. Cellulaze is not an overnight fix, but it may be an over a year fix. I will share my pictures once I get them from my surgeon. I have a follow up appoitnment in three weeks. The only negative I could say thus far is the inability to exercise. I was working out 5 times a week prior to the procedure, and I am only allow to walk now for few more weeks. One thing I highly advise you to have is more than one garment. I had two and it made a world of difference. Also use your arnica, take all of your meds and drink plenty of water. Good luck!