VelaShape is a body contouring device used to treat the appearance of cellulite on the skin. VelaShape, developed by Syneron, works similar to VelaSmooth but is the next generation of technology in battling cellulite. Unlike VelaSmooth, Velashape is also FDA approved for temporary reduction in the circumference of the thigh. The procedure is non-invasive and painless. The VelaShape treatment makes use of bipolar radiofrequency energy to reduce cellulite. Skin is tightened and smoothened using infrared heat.
VelaShape can be used to treat fat layers and dimpled skin almost anywhere on the body. Popular treatment areas include the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, loose skin on the arms, and even fat under the chin. Velashape can also reduce the circumference of the thigh area.
The VelaShape device uses suction and vacuum to lift tissues which are then treated with infrared and bipolar radiofrequency rays. This tissue manipulation treatment can be compared to a relaxing deep heat and massage treatment.
Results can be visible after four treatments. For optimal results, a cycle of six treatments over six weeks is recommended initially. After that, maintenance treatments will depend on the patient’s lifestyle and dietary habits. For a patient that maintains a healthy diet and regular exercise, maintenance treatments once every three months should be sufficient. However, for patients who do not get regular exercise and consume more calories than are burned, a monthly maintenance treatment cycle may be necessary to maintain cellulite-free skin.
Mild bruising in the treatment area is a common temporary side effect. Temporary redness and a burning sensation are also sometimes experienced in the treated areas. Since the procedure can increase blood flow to a given area, VelaShape is not recommended for patients taking anti-coagulants.