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Just Had Cellulaze - Schaumburg, IL

Tomorrow will be a week since I've had...

Tomorrow will be a week since I've had Cellulaze. Let me tell you it is SO MUCH MORE PAINFUL than they tell you. Granted I did have my front, back, outter and inner thigh areas done along with my butt so it was a lot. I wasn't prepared for the amont of fluid leaking out and the amount of swelling. My legs look like tree trunks which is very obvious and I didn't want anyone to know about this but it's hard because I look like I gained over 10lbs overnight. (and I literally did with the numbing fluid they put inside of me). My legs are black and I'm going to estimate that it will take a month for the swelling to go down and the bruising to go away. The day after my surgery one of the Dr.'s staff called me and I was feeling good i didn't even feel like I needed the painkillers prescribed to me. The day after that and every day since has been another story. I can't even believe the pain I'm in...I would say on a scale of 1-10 a SOLID 8. The swelling is unreal...so much for keeping this to myself...but if the results are what I'm hoping for it will all be worth it...FYI I've had a lot of work done. Lipo, rhinoplasty, implants etc this was by far the WORST as far as recovery. The doctor said it will take 3 months to see results but so far my legs look much better but my butt is exactly the same :( the doc did say he would do touch ups for free which did put me at ease. I've had issues with cellultie my whole life...even at 115lbs I was covered in it! So it happens to everyone no matter what size you are. If this works and improves my cellulite even by 50% I will make sure everyone gets on this band wagon.

Well it has been 1 months since my procedure...no...

Well it has been 1 months since my procedure...no difference but the swelling has gone down considerably and I'm back into my old clothes and my old routine. I feel well enough to workout like I normally did which is nice because the lack of any physical activity over the last 4 weeks has caused me to put on a few lbs. I'm still a little sore but every day that gets better as well. It doesn't seem to be healing uniformly under my skin which is causing a shading in my legs that looks very strange...although all my cellulite is still there it is much less pronouced now. They offered me complimentary sessions of smooth shapes but they did say it will be painfull at this point so I should wait a couple more weeks....I'll do it why not. It's still too early for me to say if this was worth the 11,500 but I will keep you posted.

So I'm at almost 4 months and what a waste of...

So I'm at almost 4 months and what a waste of money this was! The pain was at times unbearable...the results....NONE! My right knee looks worse, like it had a stroke. I'm thinking it was the injection site for the fluids but something went very wrong with it. I have a hump on my right thigh as well and I still would never wear shorts or skirts above the knee. I wasted 11,500 on this worthless procedure that has ruined my summer and my bank account. I'm going in for my follow up this week and I can almost hear what they are going to say..."be patient"...give me a break! I had very bad discoloration but that seems to have faded...I've been working out a lot and doing lots of cardio maybe that's why. (or perhaps a little spray tan helped)...I just want everyone that is considering this procedure to wait until it has been around more and perfected. I just feel like I wasted my money, ruined my summer, I'm STILL in pain after 4 months and all for what? NOT A DAMN THING! BUYER BEWARE!
Dr. Joffrey

Although his staff could not have been any more nicer or personable the idea of having not having a follow up for 3 months is like being thrown to the wolves to me. He did also make sure I knew that since my consult and before my surgery he has raised his prices by thousands and I said what if I wanted other areas done since I was an exsiting customer would he charge me what he has been charging me or the new rate...his answer "we'll talk about it". I don't know if he was being funny and cute or he didn't want to tell me I was SOL...We'll see.

2 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
3 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
4 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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Hi gwen1568,
He didn't suggest daily massages but he gave me 6 free sessions of smooth shapes ( similar to vela shapes) I had my first session last week and will go for the next 5 weeks..they also offered me basically
ANYTHING I wanted...free lipo, free Botox ( I took the Botox) it was very nice to offer me that because I'm obviously not happy but if this is what I will be left with as far as results I wouldn't care if they gave me 10 free procedures and my money back I will still be so devastated and depressed I'd want to die anyways...that sounds harsh but I can't even tell you how depressed I am over this...they tell me it will look worse before it gets better but THIS much worse? And would they offer me all these free procedures worth thousands if they thought my results were good?
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Hey AC40, I am worried. I will keep u posted. Did your dr suggest daily massages and getting lymphatic massages.
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Gwen1568,
Yes tree trunks! I'm 4 months out and still feel pain. I had my post op check up last week and started to cry because I told the doc that if he put all my surgeries together (I've had a lot done lol) it wouldn't even come close to how painful this recover was. He said that because of what I have said and what other women have said they are warning women that it's not minimally invasive and they are telling women they need to take moe time off work than just a few days...please, please I'm telling you that you will NOT be ok to go back to work Monday...evenif your job is sitting you will be so uncomfortable and wish someone told you to take more time off...so I'm telling you now...you are not taking enough time off...better to take more time than not enough...I'm speaking from experience...what areas are you having cellulaze done on and who's doing it? I will tell you I'm VERY unhappy with my results and when I looked atmy before and afters I thought I was looking at my befores but I realized I was looking at my afters...I ba
Led the whole way home and that whole night...I would do anything to have my old cellulite back because now I feel like I'm disfigured...I don't mean to scare you but I wish I would have waited for this procedure to be perfected instead of jumping the gun..you can email me and I'll call you to tell you in more detail if you'd like.
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Balled the whole way home
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Freaking out a bit here. I am scheduled for smartlipo/cellulaze I four days. I was told there would be some swelling and that I a an be back tobworknin a couple of days. I am having it done on fri and going back to work on Monday. Tree trunks?...sigh...
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Thanks so much for letting us know how you things are looking at the 4 month mark. I'm so sorry to hear you aren't seeing good results and don't feel it was worth it. :( Since they do say 3-6 months to see full results, please do continue to keep us updated on how you are and what you are seeing.

I hope that your legs feel completely better soon.

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AC40- Just checking in to see how you are? Do you notice any difference in the cellulite? Is it gone like they advertise? I know you had this done the beginning of may so I'm very curious around month 2 how it looks. Thanks for sharing!
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Glad to hear you are back to your normal routine AC40! I'm interested to hear how the leg smoothing treatment goes when you have that done.

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AC 40 do you still have numbness and tingling feeling in your legs? Or when you exercise goes it feel strange like your skin is giggly?
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L678 - I had a dent too! I got mine on May 14th so i'm literally 2 weeks post procedure - my doctor said it's probably just due to swelling etc and mine is getting less noticeable so hopefully it will even out completely.
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Help, I had cellulaze and smart lipo yesterday. I have a large dent on my right thigh. Is this normal? Does everything settle out? I am freaking out here.
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I had cellulaze may 18. The procedure did not hurt. My doctor gave me valium before the procedure. I had my front/back and outer thighs done in Plano Texas. The first day I drained moderate amount of fluid but the draining stopped by the next day. Now the pain after the schedule and the next two days was horrible... I would say a 9 or 10 on a pain scale!!! I finally took a 5 mg Valium with 10 mg of lortab and got some relief. It was like a severe sunburn and someone had slapped me on it. The bruising is really bad and legs ate very swollen!! I work 12 hr days and they look like tree trunks! It's been 5 days and the pain is gone just bruised / swollen legs. My cellulite was a grade 2.. I'm hoping for great results to early to tell. :)

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Hi Mic43,

I had mine done on May 8th and just like with you the pain was ok the first day or two but after that it took me by surprise. I wasn't prepared for the amount of swelling either but it has been 2 and 1/2 weeks and my legs are still numb but are starting to look normal. Today is also the first day I didn't need pain killers. I've had a lot of work done and with every other surgery you see almost instant results so to pay so much and have to remain patient is hard. I will say the skin thickening is VERY obvious. My skin is fair and I used to be able to see every vein and where it leads too but not anymore. I did every area on my legs and my butt and there were a lot of women that didn't do all areas and they notice a big difference in the quality of thier skin from areas that were treated vs. the areas that were not. So in that respect I'm happy I did all areas but still patiently waiting to see results. FYI i was told to take Arnica which did nothing for the swelling but it turned my bruises from black to not there. It was odd that I didn't go through the blue then yellow faze of bruising so the Arnica did work in that respect. Keep posting about your progress!
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AC40, I am in the same boat as you. SWOLLEN, SWOLLEN and in a lot of pain. I had it done on two different days (a Tuesday and a Friday). Tuesday's recovery was a breeze except for drainage. Friday's recovery (now 3 days after) was been HORRIBLE. I see no difference in my legs or butt, but it's early. I can not get over the extreme bruising and swelling. Hoping we both get some decent results.
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Hi Dcctlv,

I HIGHLY advise you against Lipo if you are prone to loose skin. It will be 2 weeks tomorrow since I've had this procedure done and I still can't believe how much pain I'm in. My clothes STILL don't fit and my legs look like sausages encased in my jeans but the swelling has gone down considerably. I take a half a pain killer during the day just to get me by. At this point it feels like I have a million needles going inside me at once. I will have to say the cellulite on my legs looks MUCH better however, my butt looks the same. They did say it takes 3 months to see results. I think one woman described it as having a couch on a carpet for years when you remove it it takes a while for the dents to go down. Ok ok makes sense. If my cellulite goes away I will be the first person to say all this pain was worth it and to just push through. If the doc tells you to divide it between 2 different days so you're not having all the procedures done at the same time DON'T DO IT...Just get put under and have everything done at the same time it's worth the extra money.
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Thanks AC40, for the advice. I hope by now you're feeling better?
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I have been considering this procedure instead of other, more traditional lipos. I had Thermage about 8 months ago (about $4K in Wheaton, IL) and while it helped with overall tightening/skin quality on my legs due to weight loss; it did not help with cellulite. An earlier consultation for Lipo told me I was at risk to have loose skin due to quality of my skin on legs. So-I went with Thermage. However, really a shocker to hear about the level of pain involved and this Dr. in Schaumburg, IL is one of the few doing this procedure in Chicago area. Thank you and please keep us posted on how you are feeling. Very interested in the results!
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Wow, AC40, thank you for the update! I want to get that many areas done as well so it is good to know about the recovery process. Did the doctor say how long the pain would last? Were you completely out for the procedure or did you take Valium/Xanax to knock you out?
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It was considered "twighlight" but I was completely under. I went to bed at 4 and woke up at 8. I'm not sure what it was they gave me bur it was priceless. (actually it was $1000 extra but I couldn't imagine being awake for all that) No they did't tell me how long the pain would last but honestly I feel like I have another 2 weeks at least of this. i would totally post pics when I get them. They were supposed to make an extra set for me and I'm due in for my follow up after 3 months. I will post all pic's as by then all the after results will be visible. I can already see a big difference in some areas but some look the same.
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Hi AC40 I hope you are finding some relief? How is your swelling and bruising? Are you still wearing your compression wear? Did thy say how long to stay in it? Hopefully you are seeing some results I know it has been a long road for you.
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Not any better. I had a meltdown of epic proportions last night. I just wished I was advised about the recovery process. I am glad however that I did it all in one day and that I was put under. I can't imagine being awake during this procedure.
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I had to change my bandages about 5 to 6 times a day and I have burns on my skin from taking the medical tape on and off so many times a day. It's kind of like when they go over the same area with hot wax. Not good! My legs are too raw to even scrub the marker off.
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I'm with you, AC40. Someone needs to adjust the definition of "minimally invasive." It's Day 2 for me and I can not go ANYWHERE in public (or anywhere in my house without padding and towels down) because I am leaking profusely. Sure, if it works I'll be happy, but I wish I would have been better educated that there is, in fact, downtime in terms of leaking. I've spent the morning cancelling today and tomorrow's commitments. Not cool. On a brighter note, the pain seems bearable to me without meds.
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I was fine on day 2...it was bearable still that day I think because the fluid inside is a numbing fluid. It was day 3 and beyond that has me taking painkillers all the time. It was shocking to me how bad it hurts and I have a high threshold for pain. I don't mean to scare you...just be prepared.
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Thanks for the head's up, AC40. Night of Day 2 and the pain seems to be increasing, but still tolerable (though sitting down? Yikes). I'm still leaking fluids. I can't believe I have to go back in in just two days and go through this again (front of legs this time). How are you feeling today?
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