As a non-invasive procedure that does not require general or local anesthesia, injections or cutting, VelaShape is an extremely low-risk treatment, which requires no downtime or recovery period. Most patients begin with an initial series of four to six treatments per area, followed by maintenance treatments scheduled in six-month intervals, in most cases. Patients often begin to notice results after the first few sessions, which will gradually increase over time as the initial series of VelaShape treatment sessions are completed. Optimal results are typically realized between six and eight weeks after completion of the treatment series.
Results, such as circumferential reduction and the reduction in the appearance of cellulite, will vary from one patient to the next, but clinical and FDA studies have shown this procedure to be highly effective in smoothing skin, significantly reducing the appearance of cellulite and circumferential reduction of .5 to 3 inches, with an average reduction of one inch. Results are temporary and will require maintenance sessions to continue to enjoy the slimming and toning effects of VelaShape.
It is normal for patients to feel a warm sensation and for the treatment area to appear red for several hours after the treatment session. Patients with skin that is more fragile or sensitive than average may experience some bruising after treatment, particularly on the buttocks or thighs, which generally subsides within about one week. There are no known risks and no side effects associated with VelaShape, aside from the minimal redness, bruising and warmth experienced by some patients for a short time after receiving treatment.
Patients can return to work immediately after a treatment session and can resume normal daily activities right away. Some doctors may recommend holding off on returning to the gym until the next day. Patients can build on the results achieved with VelaShape, and extend the time between maintenance sessions, by adopting a lifestyle that includes proper nutrition and regular exercise.