Are you bothered by the appearance of the dreaded “cottage cheese” or “orange peel” lumps and bumps of cellulite? Unfortunately, this common skin concern can be difficult or nearly impossible to treat on your own. The good news is that there is now a non-invasive treatment called VelaShape III that can effectively improve the look and feel of cellulite, as well as tighten loose skin near the treatment area.
What Is VelaShape III?
VelaShape III is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that combines radiofrequency, infrared energy, suction and mechanical massage. This powerful combination targets the small areas of fat that cause cellulite in areas like your abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, neck, bra bulge and upper arms. This technology is also used to tighten loose or sagging skin in virtually any area of your face or body. It may also help to reduce the circumference of the treatment area for better-fitting clothes and a trimmer appearance.
Areas of Treatment
VelaShape III is useful practically anywhere you have loose skin and/or small amounts of excess fat or cellulite that you’d like to reduce. Most commonly, VelaShape is used to smooth or tighten loose skin near the hips, neck, saddlebags, knees, thighs, upper arms, abdomen or buttocks.
Am I a Candidate?
Virtually anyone who is at a healthy, stable weight and who wishes to minimize the appearance of cellulite, sagging skin or small fat deposits for a smoother body contour can be an excellent candidate for VelaShape III. However, keep in mind that VelaShape III is not a weight loss treatment, so it is best to reach and maintain your target weight prior to getting VelaShape treatments.
How VelaShape III Works
VelaShape III is a small handheld device that emits radiofrequency and infrared energy to improve collagen and skin elasticity and heat and destroy the targeted fat cells. As the device glides over your skin, it uses suction and mechanical massage to gently pull your tissue closer to the machine’s energy source using a pulsed vacuum. The result of this combined approach is the look and feel of smoother, firmer skin and an overall reduction in the appearance of fat and cellulite in the treatment area.
VelaShape’s treatment parameters are adjustable so that they can be custom-tailored to suit your specific needs and goals.
When Can I See the Results?
While results can be visible after a single treatment, people see the best results after a course of 5 treatments every 2 weeks. Final results are obtained 8 to 10 weeks after the final treatment. Once the desired result has been achieved, most people return 2 to 4 times per year to maintain their smooth new look.
Since VelaShape III is completely non-invasive, little or no downtime is required, and you should be able to resume your normal routine directly after your appointment. You may experience a warm sensation and slight redness for a few hours after your VelaShape procedure, although these symptoms should quickly subside on their own.
How much does VelaShape III cost?
The average cost of VelaShape III is around $1,200 to $1,800. However, this can vary based on your location, the experience level of your provider, the size and number of treatment areas and other factors.
Will I lose weight with VelaShape?
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.
Do VelaShape treatments hurt?
Most people find that VelaShape treatments are comfortable, describing the treatment as feeling like a warm deep-tissue massage.
It is normal to experience a warm sensation for a few hours after your treatment. Some people 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.
How much does Velashape cost?
On average, Velashape costs between $200 and $600 per treatment, per area of your body. The exact cost of each treatment can vary based on the size and location of the treatment area, as well as your geographical location and the expertise of your provider.
The best Velashape results typically require up to 6 treatment sessions, so plan on your total cost including multiple treatments.
How many Velashape treatments do I need?
The exact number of Velashape treatments you will need will depend on a number of factors, such as the size, location and number of treatment areas, the natural elasticity of your skin, your age and other factors. After a physical examination and discussion of your cosmetic goals, your Velashape provider will create a customized treatment plan and more accurate estimate of how many treatment sessions may be required in order to achieve your goals.
How far apart are Velashape treatments spaced?
Velashape treatments are typically spaced at least two weeks apart to give your body enough time to respond to the treatment and increase collagen in between sessions.
How do I find a qualified Velashape provider near me?
Though nonsurgical, Velashape must be provided by a properly trained and certified professional. When looking for the best Velashape provider near you, begin by verifying medical credentials online. From there, online reviews, before and after Velashape photos and referrals from friends and family can help you find the best practice for Velashape treatments in your area.
Is Velashape the best nonsurgical treatment for me?
Velashape can effectively tighten sagging skin and smooth away cellulite. Most women and men in good health with mild to moderate skin laxity and/or cellulite dimpling can benefit from Velashape III treatmetns. However, nonsurgical skin tightening devices like Velashape may not be suitable for you if you are looking to treat pronounced loose skin, such as after massive weight loss.
What does Velashape feel like?
Most people who have gotten Velashape III treatments say that it feels like a warm deep-tissue massage. Velashape is noninvasive, so you shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort during your appointment. Directly after getting Velashape, you may experience redness or bruising of the treatment area, though these side effects are generally mild and short lived.
When will I see my Velshape results?
While immediate results may be visible after Velashape treatments, you can expect to continue to see gradual improvements in skin tightness and smoothness over the coming weeks. Velashape results continue to develop and become more dramatic with each subsequent treatment session. Expect to see final results a few weeks after your last Velashape appointment.
How long do results from Velashape last?
Velashape results last an average of six months to one year. Many people choose to schedule a yearly or twice-yearly touch-up treatment to maintain their results.
In the meantime, there are some things you can do to help prolong your Velashape results, such as eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy, stable weight.