VelaShape and its earlier version, VelaSmooth, use a patented technology (elos™) to shrink fat cells and re-contour the body. Both radiofrequency energy and light energy are enlisted during the treatment to heat the half-inch or so of subcutaneous fat located right under the skin. The heat is delivered with the aid of a gentle vacuuming device and specially designed rollers that manipulate the skin.
The theory behind the treatment is that the heat sends oxygen to the fat cells, which then causes them to burn stored energy—and shrink.
According to the technology’s manufacturer, Syneron Medical Ltd., VelaShape/VelaSmooth treatments reduce hip circumference by an average of 3.2 centimeters (about 1 ¼ inch), abdomen circumference by an average of 2.5 centimeters (about 1 inch), and thigh circumference by an average of 2 centimeters (about ¾ inch).
The VelaShape/VelaSmooth technology is used to reduce the circumference of thighs, buttocks, abdomens and arms. It’s also sometimes used after pregnancy to firm up a stretched belly and abdomen. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle, your results may last anywhere from six month to a year.
VelaSmooth has also received FDA approval to relieve minor muscle aches, pain and spasms.
The Velashape Procedure
Many patients say that a VelaShape/VelaSmooth treatment feels like having a warm, deep-tissue body massage. Treatment sessions generally last 20 to 45 minutes. Afterward, your skin will feel warm for a few hours. You may also experience some mild redness and bruising.
The recommended treatment protocol for most people is 4 to 6 weekly treatments. You may notice some tightening of the skin after the first treatment, but significant improvement usually occurs only after four or more treatments. Because the effects are temporary, maintenance treatments are also recommended.