Will There Be Bruising or Other Visible Side Effects from a Cellulaze Treatment?

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Will There Be Bruising or Other Visible Side Effects from a Cellulaze Treatment?

Thank you for your question.  There will be some bruising in swelling.  Similar to Smart Lipo.  Usually the bruising is gone in less than a week.  You start seeing improvement after about a week, with best results at around 3 months.  Results still look good at 1.5 - 2 years after the procedure.

Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Cellulaze laser treatment is a minimally invasive procedure. just like any other minimally invasive procedure there is a risk of bruising. bruising after Cellulaze laser can last upto 2 weeks. side effects form the use of Cellulaze laser are very similar to the possible side effects of SmartLipo and it can take more than a yr to see the final results 

Misbah Khan MD, FAAD, FACMS
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Will there be bruising or other visual side effects from a Cellulaze treatment?

Yes, as in all minimally invasive procedures, there will always be some minor bruising and swelling that will subside in about a week and you may feel a little sore but if done by a Certified Plastic Surgeon, the pain should be minimal. As far as "other visual side effects," that would be increasingly smoother skin over the course of the next few months. The incision points are so small that for most people they will be virtually invisible.

Andrew Kaczynski, MD
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon
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Brazilian Cellulite Treatment vs. Cellulaze and bruising - Los Angeles

Most procedures for cellulite will entail some bruising. At this time, I advocate the Brazilian Cellulite Treatment over Cellulaze for cellulite deposits on the hips, thighs, and buttocks. Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Side effects with Cellulaze

The Cellulaze side effects are minimal but you will have bruising and swelling to the areas treated. Be sure to wear the compression garment to help control any swelling you may have.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Bruising with Cellulaze

There will be some bruising, swelling, and an altered feeling to the skin post procedure.  All will dissipate over a few weeks time.  Remember, Cellulaze treats more superficially which can increase your chances of more visible bruising - this is normal and will subside with time, so don't worry, it will resolve itself quickly.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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There is bruising and swelling and moderate pain following Cellulaze treatment.

The areas that are treated by Cellulaze to reduce the appearance of Cellulite will bruise and swell for 1-2 days. If you are careful with salt intact and you take it easy by walking often but not aerobically, the swelling and bruising resolves fairly quickly. Compression garments really help to reduce the swelling.

Laurie A. Casas, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Side effects of Cellulaze

Bruising is part of the normal post-operative course with the Cellulaze procedure.  In addition there is localized swelling of the tissue, which can sometimes make the cellulite appear to lok worse.  Most patients also notice numbness in the area that does resolve over time.  I would recommend you seek a consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon that is experienced with Cellulaze.


Good luck in your endeavors


Robert Kratschmer, MD

Side Effects/Recovery from Cellulaze

There is bruising after Cellulaze...for some patients it is surprisingly minimal and for others covers the entire treatment area.  There is really no way to predict if you will bruise a little or quite a bit.  Bruising generally lasts 1-3 weeks.  There is swelling and tenderness as well following the procedure. The swelling can make the treated area and adjacent areas appear more lumpy and worse than before treatment, so be prepared to not be bikini ready for a while following surgery. Cellulaze is a great procedure but there is some recovery involved--no instant gratification unfortunately.

Dr. Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Cellulaze side effects, Arnica, bruising

Bruising, swelling and irregular contours of the treated areas are typical after Cellulaze.  The bruising and swelling will usually subside within one to two weeks. Everyone has a different reaction and therefor time to resolution.  Arnica by mouth and topical gel often help to reduce the duration of these side effects.

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

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