Ins & Outs of Non-Invasive Body Contouring
VelaShape. You’ve heard the name, but what’s it all about? VelaShape is an anti-cellulite treatment that combines radiofrequency technology and infrared light energy with vacuum and mechanical massage to smooth and reshape skin. It improves body shape and tone by simultaneously treating both the deeper tissues and upper layers of the skin. VelaShape’s state-of-the-art approach has proven so effective that in most clinical trials participants experienced an average of .5 to 3 inches of circumferential reduction in treated areas – and after just four treatments! Another study found that participants’ cellulite was reduced by up to 63%.
Such dramatic results are unique to VelaShape. No other treatment uses such an innovative combination of bipolar radiofrequency technology, infrared light, vacuum and mechanical massage to transform the body – in fact, VelaShape is the first FDA Class II cleared platform for the treatment of cellulite. And VelaShape’s best feature? The fact that it’s non-invasive and requires virtually no recovery time, meaning that you can resume normal activities immediately after treatment. You may even see smoother, firmer skin after just the first treatment!
VelaShape sometimes sounds too incredible to be true. But the science behind its magic is very real.
VelaShape technology consists of four different mechanisms – radiofrequency, infrared light, vacuum suction and mechanical massage. The procedure uses infrared and conducted radiofrequency energies to precisely heat dermal and hypodermal tissue in the treatment area. This heating effect stimulates fat cell metabolism and reduces the size and number of fat cells, helping to eliminate cellulite. At the same time, VelaShape’s massage rollers gently knead the area to increase circulation, encouraging lymphatic drainage and elimination of fat cell byproducts and toxins. The vacuum suction mechanism stretches fibrous bands in the epidermis, smoothing out dimples and reducing the appearance of cellulite. The end result of all this is a significant circumferential reduction, a reduction in cellulite, and smoother, firmer skin.
Because VelaShape technology works gradually to reduce cellulite and body circumference, patients typically need to undergo four to eight sessions spaced one week apart. After the initial treatment sessions, maintenance sessions are required every two months thereafter. VelaShape patients must also help maintain their results by following a sensible diet and exercise regime.
What can you expect during a VelaShape procedure?
The best part of VelaShape is that it’s virtually painless – many patients comment that the procedure is soothing, much like a warm, relaxing deep tissue massage. During a VelaShape procedure, you’ll be asked to lie down on a table, and the physician will apply a lotion-type spray to the treatment area. The VelaShape machine will then be placed on the skin, and you’ll feel a persistent rolling massage sensation that slowly begins to heat up – much like something is moving back and forth along the treatment area. Slight pressure will be applied to the area as the skin is being massaged. To ensure the treatment area is heated to just the right temperature, the physician will periodically test the area with a heat gun – the ideal temperature should be between 107 and 111 degrees. A VelaShape session typically lasts between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the area being treated.
After a VelaShape treatment, the area may feel slightly warm and tender for a few hours. In rarer instances, you may experience mild bruising and redness—but this usually subsides after a few days. Most people notice results after just one treatment, including tighter, firmer and smoother skin. After six treatment sessions, people tend to notice a significant reduction in the appearance of cellulite, along with a few inches in circumferential reduction.
By now you might be asking yourself, “How does VelaShape shape up in the end?”
Although VelaShape is an innovative, unique anti-cellulite reduction procedure and a viable non-invasive alternative to liposuction, it does have limitations. VelaShape is effective on all skin types and tones, but only people who are close to their ideal weight are ideal candidates for the procedure. Also, VelaShape offers only a temporary solution for cellulite – most people need four to eight initial sessions in addition to maintenance treatments every few months thereafter. And your physician will likely recommend you follow a sensible diet and exercise regime to make VelaShape’s effects last longer.
That being said, the benefits of VelaShape clearly outweigh its few drawbacks. It’s painless, non-invasive, and offers dramatic results after only a few treatments. If you suffer from cellulite and sagging skin, VelaShape offers a solution that can’t be beat!