Cellulite Treatment Side Effects

Can cellulite treatments cause any side effects or pose any risks? Are any particular cellulite treatments more potentially dangerous than others?

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The Side Effects of Professional Cellulite Treatments

Any #soreness, tenderness, or bruising will #resolve within a week. Patients can return to activities of daily living, to high-impact aerobic activity and may wear any clothing. Results can be seen in as little as three days post-op.  After the Cellfina™ cellulite treatment, patients can go about their day, but may want to take it easy for up to 24 hours. There have been no serious adverse events associated with our #treatments such as Cellfina™. The most common side effects reported by patients in the FDA-approved pivotal study were #soreness and #bruising. Over 90% of patients had no bruising at four weeks after the cellulite procedure. For full product and safety information, including possible mild side effects. If at anytime, you are concerned about your #healing and #recovery, it's best to contact your surgeon or meet with them for an #evaluation.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Consider FDA approved Cellulaze

I would recommend you evaluate Cellulaze - 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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Side effects of cellulite treatment

Thanks for your question, most cellulite "treatments" that are non-invasive or topical will probably not have any major side effects, or improve the look of the cellulite for more than a short period of time.  Cellulaze, the first FDA approved minimally invasive, one-time treatment for cellulite does have some side effects.  There can be local numbness and swellingin the area, as well as bruising.  This is normal to see this post-operatively, and usually resolves fairly quickly.  It utilizes a 1440 nm side-firing laser fiber optic to treat the three main causes of cellulite:  It breaks down the fatty bulges, then cuts the fibrous septae that cause dimpling, then finally stimulates the dermis to shrink and thicken in order to improve the look of you cellulite areas.

Good luck in your endeavors!

Robert Kratschmer, MD

Robert Kratschmer, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Cellulite treatment, cellulite treatment side effects

Dear Anon.  As you can imagine any treatment has potential side effects.

The external ultrasound machines like Ulthera can melt too much fat and cause dimples.  The radiofrequency devices like Invasix can burn skin if too much energy is applied.  Cellulaze can cause both of these. Endomologie works but the improvements are temporary.

That is why you should consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with experience with treating cellulite prior to making any treatment decisions.

Luis A. Cenedese, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Cellulite Treatment Side Effects

Thank you for your question. Depending on what treatment you receive, side effects and risks will differ. The cellulite treatment I use and recommend is Cellulaze. The Cellulaze 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. Best of luck.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Side effects with Cellulaze

Since the Cellulaze procedure is performed under local anesthsia, there is very little pain or discomfort involved. There are no serious side effects, only minor swelling and bruising.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Cellulite Treatment Success and Side Effects

Cellulite is an extremely common condition, estimated to affect 80%-90%of women, that appears as dimpling of the upper legs, belly and buttock region. Owing to its characteristic appearance, it is sometimes referred to as cottage cheese" or "orange peel" skin.

While we still do not understand the causes of cellulite, we think that genetics, hormonal factors, connective tissue issues involving collagen and microcirculation in the region, and low-grade inflammation may alone or in combination play a role in its development. Dieting and exercise unfortunately have little effect on cellulite.

To date, despite Madison Ave-type claims to the contrary in magazines and infomercials, we have no consistently effective treatment for cellulite.

For patients with fewer, rather than numerous deep dimples, I have found the combination of subcision and the subsequent injection of volumizing agents to be quite helpful and to yield gratifying results in many cases. Subcision, which is the insertion of a tiny cutting needle under skin (under local anesthesia) serves to break the connective tissue bonds that pull the skin downward to form the dimples. The subsequent injection (also combined with a local anesthetic) of volumizing material can then be injected at a later date to plump up the dimpled region and smooth it out.

Bruising, slight swelling and redness are a common, but temporary side effects of this form of treatment and typically last from one to seven days. For optimal results, a series of treatments spaced at approximately six week intervals is recommended.

Nelson Lee Novick, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Cellulite Treatments

There are hundredS of purported magical "treatments" of cellulite - the pity, dimply skin of the thighs that plagues millions of women. A Google search for cellulite treatment returned 690,000 pages. Obviously, aside from disappointment at NOT getting what you paid for and a lighter wallet, these thousands of "treatments" have thousands of other potential complications. -

The sheer numbers of " treatments" should suggest the only truth regarding cellulite - Despite EVERYTHING you hear, read and see - There is NO effective treatment that would make cellulite go away.

In many women the appearance of cellulite is greatly accentuated by the sagging of the thigh tissues with age and child birth. In these cases, a Thigh Lift will smooth the skin out.

Dr. P. Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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