What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a phenomenon which may occurs primarily in women but sometimes in men as well. Uneven tension within layers of fat creates an uneven skin surface and dimpling. Hypertrophied adipocytes, trapped lymph and poor circulation all contribute to the cellulite phenomenon.
How does the VelaSmooth work?
Vacuum suctioning and massage from the mechanical rollers draw circulation into the local area for increased oxygen availability, as well as manipulation of the tissue for drainage of trapped fluids through the lymphatic system. Heat from infrared light source and the bi-polar RF is used to permeate the hypodermis while facilitating the use of energy from adipocytes in this layer. The use of these stored triglycerides results in the shrinkage of the fat cells and reduces the total volume within the fat chamber. There is often visible and measurable contouring of the lumps and bumps as evidenced by post-treatment photos, girth measurements, in addition to how clothes look and feel on.
How many treatments are needed?
Most patients see changes in contouring and skin tightening after 10 sessions, and first start seeing a difference after the first 5-6 treatment sessions. Treatments may be performed twice weekly. Some patients with more severe cellulite may benefit from continuing the twice weekly protocol for up to 16 sessions. Maintenance treatments are done monthly thereafter.
How long is the treatment?
Treatment times may vary depending on how many treatment areas and the total surface area treatment areas. Typical treatment time ranges from 45-60 minutes.
How does the patient tolerate VelaSmooth treatments?
The treatment may feel like a warm deep tissue massage for some patients, while it may be uncomfortable and pinched for others. Discomfort is usually related to low tolerance to aggressive skin manipulation and stretching from the rollers and the vacuum suction. Occasionally, the vacuum suction is reduced to a tolerated level, and progressively increased according to individual patient tolerance. There is some pinkness to the skin and the areas feel warm for a short while after a completed treatment session. Normal activities are resumed the next day. Some patients may experience bruising in the treated areas, especially if they are prone to bruising easily.