Have you heard about Velashape? It’s the first non-invasive approach to temporarily reducing cellulite and reshaping the body that was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Velashape uses bipolar radio frequency, infrared light, suction and massage to smooth the skin, curtail cellulite and reshape the body. It’s often wondered does Velashape hurt, but patients report that it’s similar to receiving a strong massage. There is normally reddening of the skin and there is also a possibility of slight bruising for those who are prone to it. But overall it’s a relatively painless procedure with zero downtime.
How Does Velashape Work?
Velashape is an in-office treatment that requires no anesthesia and takes about 30 minutes to an hour per session. A series of three to six initial weekly sessions are recommended along with occasional follow ups. The patient doesn’t need to perform any special preparations before for the treatment. The area to be treated (typically the thighs, buttocks, arms or stomach) is cleaned before a handheld device with rollers is massaged over the skin. Suction gently pulls the skin from the body as the infrared light and radio frequencies heat the affected area. This stretches the fibres that cause cellulite’s characteristic pits and dimples. Fat cells are shrunk, collagen and elastin production is stimulated and fibrous bands are relaxed.
When Are The Results Noticeable?
Although several sessions are suggested to begin with, some patients can notice results after the first treatment. Others see a gradual improvement in skin texture and body shape over the full course of the program. For circumference reduction, results are typically most noticeable six to eight weeks after that last treatment. However, the Velashape process does not create permanent results and works best combined with exercise programs and other skin toning procedures.
Are There Any Risks?
There are few minor risks associated with the Velashape procedure. The most frequent side effect is reddening of the skin. Some people with very sensitive skin may experience slight bruising, but it’s not all that common. Similarly, those with sensitive skin may be prone to some blistering and subsequent scabbing, but this can be prevented by reducing the intensity of the energy delivered by the practitioner. It’s important to speak up if the treatment begins to feel uncomfortable.