Cellulaze FAQS

We get a lot of questions about Cellulaze and I thought that answering some frequently asked questions might be helpful.  This technology is fundamentally different than previous methods of cellulite treatment, but many people assume it’s similar to some of the familiar technologies already out there.

1)Is Cellulaze a non-invasive treatment?

No.  Cellulaze is a surgical treatment using a laser.  The term “minimally invasive” is appropriate, but this still means that small incisions are made (similar to liposuction) to insert the laser under the skin.

2)How many times do I need to do it?

Once.  Unlike noninvasive treatments like Velashape, Endermologie, and others, you don’t typically need more than one procedure.  One time per affected area should suffice.

3)Can I do it under local anesthesia?

In many cases, yes.  It depends on how much cellulite you have.  We calculate the area of cellulite to be treated, and determine the amount of local anesthesia necessary to numb the area.  If it would take more than a safe dose of the anesthesia, then we have to do it under general anesthesia or do a limited area under local anesthesia, and come back another day to do the rest.

4)I’ve tried everything.  Will Cellulaze really get rid of my cellulite?

Cellulaze should make a significant improvement in your cellulite and is backed up by solid published data.  As with all procedures, improvement is the goal and perfection is something we strive for but can never achieve.  Just because the other treatments didn’t work on you says more about the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of those treatments.

5)Does it last?

Published data using objective measurements show improvement at a year.  Anecdotal evidence supports typical results lasting considerably longer.  Contrast this with the effects of other treatments which have less subjective and objective improvements, and need to be sustained with frequent ongoing treatments.

6)Who actually does the procedure?

Dr. Mackenzie.  As this is an invasive procedure, it is done by surgeons and not by nurses, technicians, or estheticians.

7)Is Cellulaze done in the office?

No.  Cellulaze is done just like a surgery, requiring the procedure be done in an operating room with a circulating nurse and a scrub technician, both of whom are integral to the procedure.  An anesthesiologist and recovery nurse are also necessary when done under anesthesia.

8)How long does the procedure take?

Cellulaze is a labor intensive, time consuming procedure.  Depending on the size of the areas to be treated, it can take 1 to 3 hours

9)How long is the recovery?

You can have significant bruising and even discoloration that can last several weeks.  Pain requiring narcotics is usually limited to the first 3 days.  The full effect can take up to 6 months to be seen, so you need to be patient!

10)Why is Cellulaze so expensive?

See answers to questions 6, 7, and 8 above.  Consider this… Noninvasive treatments requiring many sessions can cost thousands, and most people see no results or at best, only very temporary results.  Which is really more expensive?

Douglas J. Mackenzie, MD

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