During the natural aging process, the skin often begins to lose its elasticity. As a result, the skin may develop a rippled or dimpled appearance—a condition commonly called cellulite. This cosmetic concern can be particularly troublesome for people who eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly yet still struggle to achieve a smooth, toned figure. With VelaShape®, Dr. Richard Sherman can minimize rippling or dimpling of the skin while also reshaping the target area to reduce the circumference. After treatment with VelaShape®, patients can enjoy a more toned, youthful silhouette.
How does VelaShape® work?
VelaShape® is a non-surgical body contouring procedure that can stimulate the tissues of the target area with three different technologies: infrared light, bi-polar radiofrequency energy, and suction massage. During treatment, the fat cells, connective tissue, and collagen beneath the skin’s surface are heated to encourage the growth of new collagen and elastin. VelaShape® is approved by the FDA to safely heat the skin, improve the skin’s texture, and reduce body volume without causing damage to the tissues.
Am I a Good Candidate for VelaShape®?
Candidates for VelaShape® typically have some areas of cellulite or areas of skin laxity that cause unnecessary body volume. The best candidates are already at or near their ideal weight, since body contouring treatments such as VelaShape® are not intended for weight loss. VelaShape® can be used to tighten nearly any area of the body with rippled skin. Common target areas include the outer hips, inner thighs, buttocks, suprapubic region, abdomen, or arms. Dr. Sherman believes that patients who are committed to eating a nutritious diet and exercising regularly are most likely to be satisfied with the results of VelaShape®.
What can I expect during the VelaShape® Procedure?
At your preliminary consultation, Dr. Sherman or one of our experienced laser technicians will examine your areas of concern, discuss your individual goals, and design a custom-tailored treatment plan that can meet your needs. During the VelaShape® procedure, the three technologies contained within a handheld device work in conjunction to stimulate new collagen and elastin growth. The suction mechanism lifts the skin of the target area toward the device. Infrared light then heats the lower layers of tissue while radiofrequency energy disperses the heat evenly to protect the tissues from harm. Though patients will feel warmth at the target area during treatment, there is no associated pain and little to no discomfort. Many patients compare the feeling of VelaShape® treatments to a heated deep tissue massage. The average VelaShape® treatment session lasts from 30-60 minutes, depending upon the size and location of the target area. Patients can immediately return to work or their normal daily activities after treatment with VelaShape®. For most patients, Dr. Sherman recommends a series of 3-6 treatment sessions to achieve the best results. These treatment sessions are typically spaced two weeks apart.
How long will my VelaShape® results last?
Within six weeks, patients may begin to see results from VelaShape®. However, twelve weeks may be needed in order to see the final results. Dr. Sherman encourages patients to think of VelaShape® as a supplement to their diet and exercise programs. Patients who lead active, healthy lifestyles can enjoy long-lasting results from the procedure. After six months, the treatments can be repeated to further improve the tone and contour of the skin. VelaShape® can also be combined with an additional procedure such as UltraShape® for even greater body rejuvenation.