VelaShape™

VelaShape combines several technologies to treat the buttocks, hips, upper arms, saddle bags, and parts of the thigh. The device is cleared by the FDA to reduce the circumference of these areas and to improve the appearance of cellulite.

VelaShape uses radiofrequency energy, light, vacuum, and mechanical rollers. The goal is to break down tissue fat by heat so the fat can be eliminated naturally by the body. The vacuum pulls up the skin and the rollers knead the area to facilitate the process. The result is a smaller circumference and smoother skin in the treated area. We recommend 4 to 6 weekly treatments initially and then monthly treatments to maintain the improvement.

The VelaShape has two applicators. One is used to treat large areas such as thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. The other is used for smaller areas such as the lower leg, upper arms, bra lines, face, and under the chin.

How do I know if I need VelaShape?

You may benefit from VelaShape if you want to improve the appearance of cellulite, enhance the contours of your thighs, saddle bags, hips, buttocks, or upper arms.

People who have superficial metal or conductive implants, rods, plates, or pins in the treatment area should not be treated with VelaShape.  This is because the VelaShape procedure heats skin layers where these devices might be located, which would absorb much of the heat. Patients who have a hernia on the abdomen, a pacemaker, or internal defibrillator are also ineligible for treatment.  Women who are pregnant, nursing, or have given birth 3 to 6 months ago should not have a VelaShape treatment.

How does ValaShape work?

VelaShape uses radiofrequency energy, light, vacuum, and mechanical rollers to destroy tissue fat by heat so the fat can be eliminated naturally by the body. It will feel like a warm, gentle massage as the applicator passes over your target area. You may feel an occasional pinch during treatment.

What benefits can I expect?

You can expect a smaller circumference and improvement of the appearance of cellulite in the treated area.

You may wonder what cellulite is and what causes it. Many factors contribute to its formation.  The appearance of cellulite is affected by diet, body fat, lifestyle, hormones, genetics, and how fluids are retained and distributed in the body. Patients in clinical trials found that VelaShape treatments improved the appearance of their cellulite, even though the patients didn’t change their diet or lifestyle. This finding suggests that VelaShape works without diet and exercise, but experts still say that maintenance treatments, healthy eating, regular exercise, and drinking water are necessary for the best results. 

What are the risks and side effects?

The treated area may appear pink and warm for short time after treatment.  Bruising is uncommon unless you take aspirin or blood thinners. Bruises resolve in 1 or 2 weeks.  A few patients notice a blister, burn, or scab which heals in 2 to 14 days with regular use of an antibiotic ointment.  A scar may occur in fewer than 1 in 20 treatments.  

Prior to treatment all potential risks and side effects will be discussed with you by your medical provider and cosmetic coordinator.

How will I look and feel before and after the treatment?

The treated area may appear pink and warm for a short time after treatment. We recommend 4 to 6 weekly treatments followed by monthly maintenance treatments.

Are there other ways to get the same benefit?

Yes.  Alternatives to VelaShape include VelaSmooth, liposuction, mesotherapy, endermology, and ionithermie.

Compared to VelaSmooth, VelaShape is less invasive and the risk of complications is lower. There is also no downtime with the VelaShape. Improvement is greater and more quickly achieved than with the VelaSmooth.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure to reduce fat pockets.  It does not improve the appearance of cellulite.  Liposuction requires anesthesia and injection of a large volume of liquid. The risk of infection is also greater.

Mesotherapy is a non-surgical treatment in which various ingredients are injected into problem areas of the body. Although mesotherapy may be effective, the FDA has not cleared this procedure for use in the United States. Clinical trials are few, safety data are lacking, and experts do not agree on the key ingredients and their concentrations. For these reasons Advanced Dermatology does not offer mesotherapy.

Endermology, a treatment of mechanical massage, and ionithermie, an electronic stimulation procedure, are less effective than VelaShape and more treatment visits are required.

Can this be combined with other treatments?

Yes. VelaShape can be combined topical therapy, such as Dermaquest DermaFirm Skin Therapy, to potentially enhance your improvement.

What is the cost of VelaShape?

The cost of VelaShape is based on a program rate. Since VelaShape is a cosmetic procedure, the cost is not covered by your insurance.

To learn more about VelaShape, please call 847-459-6400 or contact us to make an appointment with one of our cosmetic coordinators.