Velashape III treatment is a non-invasive body contouring treatment for sagging or loose skin, and cellulite reduction treatment. Velashape III uses both radiofrequency, infrared energy, suction and mechanical massage to selectively target small areas of fat on the abdomen, thighs, flanks, buttocks, neck, bra bulge, or upper arms. It can reduce cellulite and lumps and tighten skin for a leaner, more youthful appearance. VelaShape III can smooth your body, and even reduce the circumference of the treatment area for better-fitting clothes and a trimmer appearance. Its ability to tighten loose skin makes it an excellent treatment when used in combination with permanent fat reduction devices such as Ultrashape Power®.
Before you decide on VelaShape III™, it’s important to go through a consultation to determine if the treatment is right for you. At your consultation, you’ll be able to point out the problem areas that bother you and talk about your goals for the procedure as well as any medical or aesthetic concerns that you may have. The consultant will examine the extent of the problematic fat deposits and cellulite as well as other relevant factors like skin elasticity and tissue density. After the examination, it will be decided if VelaShape III™ is an appropriate option for your case. At that time you’ll also be able to discuss whether other treatments such as Ultrashape Power® for permanent fat reduction and body contouring may be a good combination option for you.
Good candidates for VelaShape III™ include patients who are normal weight or slightly overweight but wish to minimize the appearance of cellulite, slightly reduce the size of the abdomen, thighs, or other areas, or decrease the size of specific fat deposits to produce a smoother contour throughout the treatment area. Patients with loose skin on the arms, abdomen, neck, buttocks, knees, saddlebags, flanks or thighs may be good candidates for this treatment depending on the severity of skin laxity. While VelaShape III™ has been approved by the FDA for both male and female patients of any age or skin type, patients should be reasonably healthy and should understand that VelaShape III™ is not a weight-loss treatment, is not permanent, and should be used primarily for skin tightening and re-contouring once a healthy weight has already been achieved through diet and exercise. Once the desired results are achieved, they may be maintained with booster treatments every 3 to 6 months.
The VelaShape III™ procedure is performed right in our office in Sarasota, FL. Once it’s time to begin the procedure, you’ll be asked to lie down on a table. A special lotion will be applied to the treatment area in order to allow the VelaShape III™ device to glide smoothly. The appropriate handpiece will then be selected for the area. As it moves evenly across your skin, the VelaShape III™ handpiece will pull your tissue closer to the machine’s energy source using a pulsed vacuum. The radiofrequency energy improves collagen and elasticity and the infrared light heats the targeted fat cells, increasing their metabolism and leading to smoother, firmer skin and overall reduction in the appearance of fat and cellulite in the treatment area.
While results are often visible after a single treatment, most patients are best served by a course of 5 treatments every two weeks. Final results are obtained 8-10 weeks after the final treatment. Once the desired result has been achieved, most patients return 2-4 times per year to maintain their smooth new look.
Since VelaShape III™ is completely noninvasive, recovery is very easy. In most cases, the treatment area will feel slightly warm and turn pink for a few hours after the procedure before returning to normal. In a few cases, there may also be small amounts of swelling or bruising. Rarely blistering and scabbing can occur on the skin depending on the laxity.
Patients are able to resume their normal lifestyle, including work, social activities, and exercise, immediately after the procedure with little or no downtime.
Velashape III FAQ’s
How long will my results from Velashape III last?
It depends on your lifestyle. In most cases, results will last for three to six months before a touch-up appointment becomes desirable.
For patients that exercise regularly, remain hydrated, and eat healthily in order to maintain a healthy weight, they can see results that last as long as six months or more.
Is everyone a candidate for Velashape III?
While VelaShape III™ is quite safe, it’s not recommended for patients who are pregnant or photosensitive or for those with diabetes or an anticoagulant condition. It should also be delayed if your skin is currently broken or irritated in the treatment area.
Will I lose weight with Velashape III?
Unfortunately, no. VelaShape III™ is used primarily to smooth out the contours of a body that is already at a healthy weight. Before beginning treatment, it’s ideal to use a healthy diet and exercise to reach a weight that you’re satisfied with and can maintain.
Does Velashape III treatment hurt?
Most patients find VelaShape comfortable and describe the treatment as feeling like a warm deep-tissue massage. The treatment parameters are easily adjusted to ensure a comfortable treatment experience. It is normal to experience a warm sensation for a few hours after your treatment. Some patients report a pinkish appearance at the treatment area that may last a few hours post treatment, and skin may appear pink for several hours.Temporary minor swelling or bruising can occur depending on the laxity and condition of the skin.
Can Velashape III create loose skin?
No, in fact it does the opposite it tightens the skin. Any treatment that removes fat can theoretically lead to loose skin.
Unlike liposuction, however, VelaShape III™ gently tightens the skin as it removes the fat, which reduces the risk of loose skin. The risk is further lowered if your skin elasticity is already good. The best results are seen when combined with Ultrashape Power® which kills fat. While VelaShape III™ tightens the loose skin and smooth out the contour irregularities.
Where can Velashape III be used?
VelaShape III™ is useful practically anywhere where you have loose skin and or small amounts of excess fat or cellulite that you’d like to reduce. Most commonly, it’s used to smooth or tighten loose skin on the hips, neck, saddlebags, knees, thighs, upper arms, abdomen, or buttocks.