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Your Ultimate Guide to VelaShape for Cellulite 

A noninvasive solution to lose cellulite with no needles, pain, or downtime.

Cellulite isn’t always a sign of being overweight. It can show up on women of all shapes and sizes. You can be thin and still have cellulite. In fact, it affects 80-90% of women. So, if you have it, you’re definitely not alone. 

We don’t know the exact reason for the appearance of cellulite dimples, but it doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do about it. If you’re actively looking for ways to lose cellulite, think about trying VelaShape. We’ve put together this guide to help you decide if VelaShape is for you.

What is VelaShape?

VelaShape is a safe, non-invasive, and FDA-approved treatment for reducing the appearance of cellulite and slimming the areas around the stomach, hips, thighs, and buttocks. It combines four technologies: 

  • Infrared light
  • Bipolar radiofrequency (RF) energy
  • Mechanical massage
  • Gentle suction 

These technologies work together to shrink fat cells, boost new collagen production, and tighten the skin, resulting in smoother skin and less noticeable cellulite. 

Which Stages of Cellulite Can VelaShape Treat?

Now, it’s important to understand that not all cellulite are the same. They are categorized into four stages:

  • Stage 1 (Almost None): No dimpling is seen while standing or lying down. The pinch test shows folds and furrows but no visible dimpling.
  • Stage 2 (Mild): No dimpling while standing or lying down, but the pinch test shows the classic mattress appearance.
  • Stage 3 (Moderate): Dimpling appears spontaneously when standing but not when lying down.
  • Stage 4 (Severe): Dimpling is spontaneously present when standing and lying down.

VelaShape works best on individuals who have mild to moderate cellulite (Stages 1-3) and are looking to reduce the dimpled appearance on their skin. For severe cellulite (Stage 4), other options like liposuction might be more appropriate. 

Remember, VelaShape is not a weight-loss treatment and your results can vary depending on things like your age, skin type, and lifestyle, so it’s important to have realistic expectations.

What to Expect Before, During & After Your Treatment


Initially, you will meet with a qualified VelaShape practitioner who will examine your cellulite and see if VelaShape is right for you. They will use a cellulite severity scale so they can assess how advanced your cellulite is.


On the day of your treatment, your practitioner will apply a gel to help the VelaShape applicator glide smoothly over your skin. They will then gently move the device over the treatment area. 

You’ll feel a warm sensation from the infrared light and radiofrequency energy, along with a gentle massage from the rollers. This combination of heat and massage breaks down fat cells and helps your skin produce more collagen.

A typical VelaShape session lasts 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Most people say it feels warm and comfortable, like a deep tissue massage. Some might feel a bit of discomfort from the heat, but it’s usually easy to handle. 

Watch How A Velashape Treatment Is Done.


After the treatment, the area might look a bit red or feel warm, but this usually goes away in a few hours. Your VelaShape practitioner will tell you how to take care of your skin, like drinking plenty of water and staying out of the sun.

You’ll usually see results after 3-4 sessions, with the best results showing up after about 6 sessions. To keep the results, it’s a good idea to have maintenance treatments every few months, especially if you tend to get cellulite due to genetics.

What are the Benefits of VelaShape for Cellulite? 

  • Non-Invasive: VelaShape doesn’t involve any surgery, injections, or downtime, so it’s a very popular option for those looking for a quick and easy fix to lose cellulite.
  • Comfortable: The treatment is generally well-tolerated, with most patients finding it relaxing.
  • Effective: Clinical studies have shown significant reductions in thigh circumference and the appearance of cellulite.
  • Versatile: VelaShape can be used on various parts of the body, including the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and arms.

How Much Does VelaShape Cost?

The cost of VelaShape treatments depends on things like the size of the area being treated, how many sessions you need, and where the clinic is located. We recommend reaching out to different providers to get a clear estimate based on your specific treatment plan.

VelaShape vs. Thermage, Which Is Better? 

Thermage is another non-invasive treatment for body contouring and reducing cellulite, but it works differently than VelaShape. It uses a type of RF energy that goes deep into the skin and heats the tissue. 

The heat boosts collagen production, a protein that helps keep skin firm and elastic. As more collagen is made, the skin tightens and looks younger. 

Thermage mainly targets loose skin, so it works best for skin tightening, not for cellulite reduction, though it may provide the benefit of reducing cellulite. 

This is where VelaShape has a distinct advantage over Thermage. As a multi-technology device, VelaShape targets cellulite in different angles: shrinking fat cells, improving blood flow, boosting collagen production, and smoothing the skin’s texture. 

Clinical trials back the effectiveness of Velashape in slimming different parts of the body including the thighs and buttocks and reducing cellulite.

VelaShape Question and Answer

Here are the most commonly asked questions about VelaShape for cellulite: 

Will I experience any pain during and after the treatment?

As we said above, most people find VelaShape treatments comfortable and even relaxing. During the treatment, you might feel a warm sensation as the device works on your skin. 

Some parts might feel more sensitive, but overall, it’s easy to handle. After the treatment, you might see some redness or feel warmth in the treated area, but this usually goes away in a few hours.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of VelaShape sessions you need depends on how severe your cellulite is and what results you want. Usually, people see improvements after 3-4 sessions, and the best results come after about 6 sessions. To keep the results, you might need more treatments every few months.

How long does each VelaShape treatment session last?

A VelaShape session can last between 20 to 60 minutes, depending on how many and what size areas are being treated. Smaller areas like the arms or buttocks take less time, while larger areas like the thighs or abdomen take longer.

Can I get VelaShape after liposuction for better results?

Yes, combining VelaShape with liposuction can be a great way to improve body contouring results. Liposuction removes fat, while VelaShape smooths and firms the skin, reducing cellulite.

Be sure to talk to a qualified practitioner to make sure this combination is safe and right for your needs and goals.

What other cellulite treatments should I consider?

For tougher cases or longer-lasting results, we recommend considering minimally invasive options like Cellulaze and Smartlipo. We specialize in these body contouring treatments and our team at Finesse Cosmetic Surgery will be happy to explain each of these options for you. 

Banish Cellulite Before Summer – Book A Consultation Today. 

Summer is all about sun, fun, and rocking your favorite bikinis. But let’s be real—cellulite can totally mess with your confidence. Those stubborn dimples can make you feel less fabulous when you should be owning the beach and slaying at pool parties. 

If you’re looking to feel confident in your own skin this summer, consider booking a VelaShape consultation at Finesse Cosmetic Surgery. In the past 18 years, we’ve built a reputation as one of Massachusetts’ top go-to places for all things body contouring, laser treatments, and skincare.

Schedule a consultation today and start the summer with zero worries. We serve clients in Waltham and Boston, Massachusetts, and surrounding areas including Cambridge, Newton, Brookline, Somerville, and beyond.

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