Many of us would love to get rid of those pesky "orange peel" dimples known as "cellulite." Cellulite is made up of fat deposits that present with a lumpy, dimpled skin appearance, mostly on the hips, thighs and/or buttocks. It is the result of rigid fibers within the cell chambers. When the fat cells are enlarged, these fibers are pushed towards the soft tissue of the skin. This creates a dimpled skin appearance.
The causes of cellulite include heredity, smoking, hormones, lack of exercise and poor dietary intake, which includes high fat foods and drinking alcohol.
Cellulite is extremely common; 80 percent of women over 20 years old, regardless of their weight or body size, have some cellulite. Even slender celebrities like Britney Spears and Halle Berry have cellulite, as evidenced by many photos of them in their bathing suits. Luckily, there are treatments available to all, not just to celebrities, which target cellulite.
VelaShape is a relatively new, non-surgical technology that incorporates Bi-Polar Radiofrequency (RF) and Infrared Light Energy with vacuum. It also utilizes mechanical massage. This combination treatment contours, shapes and slims the body by reducing cellulite and firming up the most challenging areas.
VelaShape is both a body shaping and cellulite reducing treatment. It is most often used on the thighs, buttocks, love handles and abdomen.
Are You a Candidate?
The best candidate for successful VelaShape treatment is a patient with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 30 and a cellulite classification of stage 1 or 2 on the Nurnberger-Muller cellulite classification scale. Here is a simple interpretation of the classification scale:
- Stage 1: No dimpling will when standing or lying. A pinch test produces dimpled skin.
- Stage 2: Dimpling skin spontaneously appears when standing but not lying.
- Stage 3: Dimpled skin spontaneously appears when standing up or lying.
How It Works
A VelaShape treatment is carried out with a specially designed roller used for mechanical skin massage. It smooths out the skin for efficient heat energy delivery. Next, infrared light energy and bi-polar radio frequency heats and stimulates the deepest layers of tissue. The VelaShape mechanism of heating the fat cells does the following:
- Increases metabolism of stored energy, which allows VelaShape to shrink the actual fat cells and fat chambers
- Increases lymphatic drainage
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved VelaShape. There are many benefits of the cellulite reducing treatment:
- Safe and speedy procedure
- Effective treatment
- No downtime after the treatment
- Virtually painless
- Non-surgical procedure
- Boosts the patient’s self-esteem
The side effects of VelaShape are minimal. They include:
- Bruising is the most common side effect and can last for 7 to 10 days
- Some patients complain about a pinching sensation during the treatment
- Skin sensitivity at treated area
- Warm sensation for a few hours after the treatment
- Scabbing and/or blistering of fragile skin
- Redness in the area for 2 to 4 hours
- Swelling in the treated area
There are very few restrictions and post-procedure instructions after VelaShape. A few common instructions include:
- Return to daily activities immediately after treatment
- Stay hydrated
- Drink at least 8 ounces of water during the first few hours after each treatment
- Begin an exercise program
- Eat a balanced diet
- Maintenance treatments are needed 6 to 8 times a year
Gradual smoothing of the skin’s surface and noticeable reduction of cellulite is the main goal and result of VelaShape treatments. There is circumferential reduction that creates reshaping of the treated area. The statistics show that 85 percent of treated areas on thighs result in at least 1 cm-7.2 cm, circumferential reduction. The results are temporary, lasting 3 to 4 months. Cellulite will return if VelaShape treatments are stopped.
The FDA has approved the VelaShape procedure and supports the results. Patients are generally pleased with the end result of VelaShape in as few as six treatments.