Cellulite is the bane of many people's quests for fitness and a healthy appearance, leading them to try many different remedies to reduce the bumpy, cottage-cheese-like look in certain areas of the body. While many treatments for cellulite have not been formally tested or approved by the FDA, the VelaShape device was granted FDA clearance in 2007.
What Is VelaShape?
The appearance of cellulite is caused by a breakdown of the structural tissue, or collagen, below the surface of the skin. This leads fat deposits to collect into a lumpy, unattractive shape and texture.
VelaShape is a non-surgical procedure that uses deep massage as well as light and sonic vibrations to break up fat beneath the skin. The structural tissue in the deeper skin layers is also stimulated, leading it to grow more evenly. This eventually leads to a much smoother look to the skin's surface.
Is VelaShape Safe?
FDA clearance means that the VelaShape device has been determined to be safe and effective for use in treating cellulite. VelaShape is non-invasive, and produces very few side effects. A patient can receive a VelaShape treatment and immediately return to work or other everyday activities, with no downtime.
Some patients have reported bruising or redness after the VelaShape procedure, but side effects are minimal and fade quickly.