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VelaShape and VelaSmooth


The causes of fat and cellulite are varied; hormones, age, and heredity can each play a role in the accumulation of excess fat and dimply, lumpy patches around the body. The VelaShape™ and VelaSmooth™ systems are clinically proven, non-surgical solutions to contour areas of the body that are resistant to weight loss through diet and exercise - like the thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. It is quickly rising in popularity as more people realize the benefits and see results for themselves.

The VelaShape™ and VelaSmooth™ systems are manufactured by Syneron and Candela. Both treatments involve the use of infrared light, radiofrequency, massage rollers, and suctioning to contour the body. VelaSmooth™ was approved by the FDA in 2005 for the temporary reduction of cellulite. The company made improvements to the device, including increasing the power level and reducing the treatment time. The improved device is marketed as VelaShape™ and was approved by the FDA in 2007 to temporary reduce cellulite and reduce the size of the thighs.

VelaShape™ and VelaSmooth™ Costs

VelaShape™ and VelaSmooth™ costs depend on the size of the treatment area. In general, patients pay anywhere from $500 to $3,000. The cost of a single VelaShape™ may be priced higher than the cost of a single VelaSmooth™ treatment. However, VelaShape™ typically requires fewer treatment sessions.

What is VelaShape™?

VelaShape™ is an FDA-approved medical device that uses a combination of suction, massage, radio frequency energy, and infrared light to shape the body, and reduce cellulite and inches on areas like the thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. VelaShape™ delivers a higher amount of energy and intense heat than treatment with VelaSmooth™, but VelaShape™ patients still remain comfortable during the procedure. VelaShape™ is commonly performed in combination with liposuction, tummy tuck, and other body contouring procedures to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

How Does VelaShape™ Work?

The technician applies the VelaShape™ hand piece directly to the surface of the skin in the area to be treated. Mechanical rollers on the hand piece massage and smooth out the skin, while directing infrared radio frequencies into the skin. The radio frequencies warm up the underlying tissue, causing the fat cells to melt and break up. The fat is then naturally flushed out of the body. Patients say the procedure feels like as a warm, deep tissue massage, and they report loosing inches as well as pounds after the procedure. VelaShape™ procedures are recommended weekly for four to six weeks, with touch ups suggested every few months.

Benefits of VelaShape™

VelaShape™ is becoming more popular because it is:

  • Convenient: an outpatient procedure
  • Virtually painless: no needles, incisions, or anesthesia needed
  • Enjoyable: imagine a warming massage
  • Quick: takes between 20 minutes and two hours, depending on the treatment areas
  • Effective: patients see results in as little as four weeks
  • Helpful in stimulating circulation: a result of the massage and suction

What is VelaSmooth™?

VelaSmooth™ uses electro-optical synergy to smooth out cellulite, tighten skin, and contour the body. The system employs a combination of lasers, massage rollers, and vacuum suction to target and minimize fat deposits. It works best in cases of moderate to severe cellulite.

How VelaSmooth™ Works

Before the treatment starts, the doctor or technician will evaluate your body and decide on a treatment plan to address your areas of cellulite. The VelaSmooth™ rollers and vacuum manipulate the skin in your trouble areas, like the thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen, reaching the deepest layers and smoothing out the underlying tissue. The massage makes it easier for the lasers to penetrate your skin and tissues. VelaSmooth™ directs radio frequency and infrared light into the fat cells in the treatment area; the blend of heat and light speeds up the metabolism of the cells and shrinks their size. For optimal results, VelaSmooth™ treatments are recommended twice a week for about 4-8 weeks, and then monthly to maintain results.

Effects of VelaSmooth™

Patients of VelaSmooth™ say the treatment feels like a deep tissue massage that warms their skin. There is minimal discomfort and little risk of burning, irritation, and bruising. Since the procedure is non-invasive and non-surgical, no anesthesia is used, and there is no recovery period requiring bed rest or intricate bandages. Some added benefits to the VelaSmooth™ procedure are improved circulation, and relief from muscle aches and pains. Some patients may experience a slight burning, irritation or rash post-procedure - it should disappear within a day or two.

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