VelaShape is the name of a non-surgical technique used to obtain tight and smooth skin by reducing cellulite. This treatment is known to bring into use three components for effective results, namely – Infrared radiation, Bi-polar radio frequency, and Mechanical vacuum massage. One major reason behind the use of this treatment is its effectiveness in enhancing the appearance and making the person look younger.
Working on areas like thighs, buttocks, necks, arms, abdomen, sides and so on, VelaShape treatment contours the body however, it must not be confused for a weight loss treatment. The technology combines the three components in the VelaShape device to heat up the fat cells and thus lead to their shrinkage. In this procedure, a vacuum is massaged over the targeted area wherein the heat helps with the fat reduction while the mechanical rollers smoothen out the skin. The patient can feel some tugging of the skin along with a warming sensation as the procedure unfolds.
Stimulation of new collagen and elastin as a result of heating of the fat cells, surrounding connective and underlying dermal collagen fibers leads to reduced body volume, laxity and improvement in skin texture.
Anyone with a Body Mass Index of less than 30, falling under the Nurnberger-Muller Cellulite Classification Stage 1 and 2 will be an ideal patient for this treatment. It takes something in between half an hour to an hour for the procedure to get completed.
Side-effects – Though no such pain or discomfort is involved in the VelaShape procedure, at most a patient might experience some redness, selling or slight bruising in the area treated. These side-effects are not long-lasting and subside quickly in a matter of time.
Care – The patient must take a nutritious diet and exercise regularly to avoid cellulite accumulation. However, since the treatment does not give permanent results, the patient could need further treatments in the future.
How does it work?
The Velshape 3’s mechanism of action is based on a novel combination of bi-polar RF and optical energies delivered to the dermis/hypodermis zones. Energy deposition in the targets is further facilitated via the concurrent application of vacuum. Optical energy targets mainly the dermis while the RF energy targets mainly the hypodermis by controlled thermal stress. Applying thermal energy to the dermis causes immediate collagen contraction but also activates a cascade of physiological responses inside the dermal fibroblasts (the cells that produce collagen) to stimulate and promote neocollagenesis (new collagen formation). Neocollagenesis is further potentiated by increased dermal vascularity secondary to the thermal stress induced. The vacuum potentiates neocollagenesis via the mechanical stress imposed on dermal fibroblasts. Neocollagenesis and collagen contraction further contribute to enrichment and strengthening of the otherwise loose connective tissue.
What does it treat?
- Body Contouring
- Skin Tightening
We find that it will help to give redefinition to the body where there are small fat collections and where the skin could benefit from some tightening. It is not a miracle cure but for a treatment that is non invasive and not too uncomfortable it works well. Along side a balanced diet and regular activity one may be surprised with the changes.
Is the Velashape 3 of any use after the liposuction?
- Immediately post liposuction: at approximately 10 -14 days when the body is less tender we use Velashape 3 in short sessions (10-15 mins) to help aid the healing and skin tightening process.
- A few months to years post liposuction Velashape 3 may aid to improve any small residual fat collections, contour irregularities or areas where a small amount of skin tightening is required. These are normal length sessions between 30-45 minutes depending on the size and areas.
Is there any difference between the Velashape 3 and the 1 & 2?
The Velashape 3 is the latest of the 3 versions and provides improved results and less discomfort over its older sister versions.