This non-surgical, non-invasive treatment for cellulite has three components, which together have been shown to be effective in tightening and smoothing skin: radiofrequency energy (RF), infrared light energy, and mechanical vacuum massage.
Here’s how it works: The heat from the RF and infrared light elements of the VelaShape device stimulate the energy “trapped” in the skin’s adipocytes (the medical term for fat cells), causing them to gradually shrink. Those are the cells, of course, that form cellulite, so as they shrink, so do the unwanted pockets of cellulite, improving the skin’s contour.
While VelaShape’s heat works on reducing the fat cells, the device’s mechanical rollers manipulate and smooth out the skin. In addition to minimizing cellulite dimpling, VelaShape reduces the circumference of the treated thighs-by an average of about an inch, according to studies.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved VelaShape (and its earlier incarnation, VelaSmooth) for the treatment of cellulite on the thighs.
What To Expect During Treatment
Many of my patients tell me that a VelaShape treatment feels like an athletic or “deep tissue” massage. You’ll feel some slight pulling on your skin as your clinician uses a pulsed vacuum device to ready your skin and maneuver it into the optimal position for treatment. Then you’ll feel a warming sensation as the heat from the RF and light energies work on the fat cells beneath the skin’s surface. At no time, however, should you feel uncomfortable.
VelaShape sessions can last from 20 to 60 minutes, depending on how large an area of your skin is being treated.
What To Expect Afterwards
You’ll probably retain a sensation of warmth or heat for several hours after the procedure. You may also experience some redness, swelling, and (in rare cases) bruising, but these side effects will quickly subside. You can return to your normal activities right away.
Although you’ll notice some tightening and smoothing of your skin immediately, the shrinking of the fat cells takes time. You may need to wait several weeks to see a significant reduction in cellulite. For best results, I usually recommend four to six treatment sessions, with a week of recovery between sessions.
Maintaining the Results
Of course, all cellulite treatments offer only a temporary solution. You’ll need periodic Velashape treatments to preserve your results. You’ll also need to make sure you continue to follow healthful lifestyle habits. By exercising regularly and eating nutritiously you can keep unwanted fat-and the cellulite that accompanies it-off your body.