I'm in San Diego and I went to the only doctor who does it here. So far, he said he's done a handful (mostly his staff). I need the front, back, some of the side and half of my butt done. The gave me a quote of 11K (they said down from 15K). Is this completely ridiculous? I know I have a lot of areas, but still. I'm 5'7", 135 lbs. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
I also have a consult with Dr. Petti in Torrance and will be scheduling one with Dr. Springer soon.
October 1st 2012: Cellulaze and Smartlipo with Dr. Petti
Hi there, I'm in San Diego and I went to the...
I've scheduled my Cellulaze with Dr. Petti on...
I went to see a doctor here in San Diego, but it became apparent he had only done a handful of cases (mostly his staff) and was charging an exorbitant amount. I had a consult with Dr. Petti in Torrance, who was one of the doctors in the clinical trials and I felt confident in her ability, so I have my Cellulaze and some Smart Lipo for contouring scheduled for October 1st, so I can have some time to heal before Christmas (and so I can hopefully wear dresses or skirts above the knee for the first time in years!).
Dr. Petti will be doing the front above my knees, the back almost all the way down to my knees, the sides (which are a big lumpy post-lipo mess).
I'll keep everyone updated, and please don't hesitate to ask me any questions!
I had Cellulaze and Smartlipo on Monday, October...
I'm wearing the foam pads on the front and back of my legs, making me look like I've gained 25lbs overnight, and the doctor wants me to wear them for two weeks! This is the part that sucks, because I can't really hide them. They even show under really baggy pants, skirts.
At any rate, I hope this works, since I haven't been able to wear shorts/skirts above my knees due to worsening cellulite above my knees. Forget about bathing suits! If I get a 50% improvement, I'll be happy. I'm 37, 5'7" 140lbs, work out regularly, but not maniacally.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I will update my review to worth it when I feel it was worth it. It's still too early to tell.
Hi! I'm almost three weeks out, and while I look...
Disappointed and sad at Smart Lipo/ Cellulaze results and at Dr.'s response
I really hope this helps some people. I went in for my almost 1-year follow up appointment and have to say I'm disappointed not only by my Cellulaze results (very modest improvement), but mostly by my uneven Smart Lipo results, which left me lumpy and uneven on my thighs (mostly right). The residual swelling I had at prior follow-up appointments hid the uneveness and little Cellulaze results, but at 1-year, there's no more swelling.
1. Smart Lipo: very noticeable unevenness (a scooped-out look on the lower inner thighs), indentations (on my right front thigh, side of right thigh and a HUGE indentation below my right butt cheek).
2. Modest Cellulaze results: butt still very dimpled, front of thighs ok, but I still can't wear anything above my knees due to Smart Lipo unevenness.
3. When having brought this to the Dr.'s attention, she became defensive, blaming me for previously having lipo and for having gained four pounds since last follow-up - never mind I was on my period and had been increasing my weight lifting at the gym.
4. She offered to "fix" the issues that SHE created, but would charge me the OR fee (inflated from OR fee for original surgery, which I PAID 11K FOR) of over 3K.
Very, very disappointed in how this was handled. Should have listened to my gut during consult which told me these people were phony-nice and just wanted to make a sale.
Stay away from this doctor. As you see, she has many bad reviews all over the net, most of the warranted.
Now I have to find someone to fix Dr. Petti's mistake. Very disappointed.
She was in the clinical trials. No one in my area (San Diego) was experienced enough for me to feel comfortable. Too bad the results were subpar.