Cellulite and excessive fat on some areas of the body are extremely common concerns for many people. If this is something you’re struggling with, you may be wondering what you can do. At Finesse Cosmetic Surgery in Waltham, MA, our VelaShape treatments can help you feel more confident in your skin.
Who Is a Good Candidate for VelaShape?
It’s normal to have some parts of the body that make us self-conscious. You may have some cellulite or possibly some areas on your body that you wish were a bit tighter and smoother. If this sounds like your situation, you may want to consider getting VelaShape.
This thermal treatment is best for people who have an overall healthy lifestyle, are at a stable and healthy weight, are not currently experiencing any skin conditions, and would like to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
What Is Cellulite?
Most people have cellulite somewhere on their bodies. It is a completely harmless skin condition that causes the skin to appear slightly lumpy or dimpled. You’ll most commonly find it on areas of the body like the thighs, buttocks, hips, and abdomen.
This dimpling is caused by fat cells underneath your skin. Many people try to reduce the appearance of cellulite on their own through dieting and exercise along with other healthy lifestyle changes. Most people see varying degrees of success doing this. If you are making these changes and still seeing cellulite that makes you unhappy with your appearance, it may be time to try VelaShape.
What Is VelaShape?
This is a non-invasive FDA-approved body contouring treatment that is used to firm up the skin and reduce the appearance of issues like cellulite. It can also be used for circumferential reduction of the thighs and abdomen to help you look leaner.
When this treatment is applied to your desired areas, four different modalities are used to help you get your skin back to the appearance that you like. This is unlike most other treatments which will usually only use one modality, making this treatment incredibly effective.
How Does It Work?
An applicator is used to apply the treatment to the desired parts of your body. During treatment, a combination of infrared light, bipolar radiofrequency energy, massaging, and gentle suction is applied to your skin to get you the results you want.
The infrared light and radiofrequency energy heat your skin, encouraging it to tighten and firm up by shrinking the fat cells under your skin. The heat will also encourage your body’s production of collagen and elastin, proteins that give your skin its structure. The suction pulls your skin closer to your body while the massaging relaxes the stiff fibrous bands that cause the dimpled appearance of cellulite.
What Will Getting Treatment Be Like?
How to Prepare
Before you get your treatment, there are a few things you should know. Before your appointment, we’ll hold a consultation with you to discuss what your specific goals are and ensure that this is the right treatment for you. We’ll also provide you with instructions on how you should get ready for your treatment.
There is very little that you’ll need to do to prepare, so don’t worry about a long to-do list. All you’ll need to do is stop taking medications that could thin your blood and encourage bruising around two weeks before your treatment.
This non-invasive treatment is fast, easy, and pain-free. There is no anesthetic required. You’ll lie down on a table while we use a handheld device to apply the treatment to your desired areas. Throughout the treatment, you will feel a massaging sensation as well as heat.
If the treatment gets too hot to the point where it’s uncomfortable, let us know. You should not be feeling any pain or discomfort. After your treatment, you may feel like you’ve had a deep-tissue massage. Your treatment should take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes, and you can leave the clinic as soon as it’s done.
Because this treatment is non-invasive, you can return to your regular life as soon as you leave the clinic. There is no downtime required. Your skin may be slightly red where you’ve received the treatment which is normal and will go away on its own usually after a few hours.
Your skin will be more sensitive during this time, so you’ll need to be mindful about avoiding direct sunlight. Make sure you apply sunscreen when you do go outside. Your sunscreen should have at least 30 SPF.
When Will I See the VelaShape Results?
The results from your treatment may not be immediate, but you can trust that they will be effective. You should start to see the results you’ve been looking for after about three sessions. However, most patients need around four to six sessions total before they see the full results of their treatment.
The total number of sessions that you’ll need will largely depend on how your skin reacts to the treatment as well as how severe your cellulite is.
How Far Apart Will the Sessions Be?
For treatment to be effective, you need to give your body the time it needs to turn over the treated cells and produce more collagen and elastin. For best results, you should space your treatments about a week apart.
When you visit our clinic, we’ll be able to consider your skin type and give you a better idea of how many sessions you may actually need.
Are Results Permanent?
Over time, the results that you get from your treatment are going to fade. This is natural and due to factors like aging, fluctuations in your hormones, and genetics. For this reason, we may recommend that you get maintenance treatments after your initial appointments.
These maintenance treatments can be spaced much further apart than your initial treatments. Depending on your skin, we may suggest that you come back for treatment about two to four times a year to help you maintain your results.
What Are the Benefits?
If you have unwanted fat on your body or you don’t like the way cellulite is making you look, there are lots of options out there. Some of the most effective is surgical procedures. However, these procedures can be highly invasive, and you may not be comfortable with them.
This is a fantastic alternative to more invasive treatments. Recovery will be fast and easy, and there’s no downtime that you need to worry about. It’s also pain-free, which is a huge benefit.
Because it’s non-invasive, this treatment is safe for almost anyone to get. It’s approved by the FDA for the treatment of cellulite and fat reduction, and you don’t need to worry about side effects associated with treatment options like surgery.
There is also no anesthetic required. If you are looking for an effective way to reduce the appearance of cellulite but you have been sensitive to anesthetics in the past, this treatment could be the perfect option for you.
Treatment Is Fast
You have a busy life with important things to do. So it makes sense that you’d want to avoid any treatments that could take a long time. You’ll be able to do exactly that when you visit our clinic for this treatment.
As we mentioned, most treatments will take somewhere between 20 to 45 minutes to complete. The exact amount of time depends on the size of the area being treated and whether you’re targeting more than one area of your body. As soon as treatment is done, you can leave.
You’ll Feel More Confident
Cellulite and excessive fat on the body are common, and almost everyone has at least one of these issues somewhere on their body. But just because it’s common, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t affect you negatively.
If you’re not happy with the way your cellulite makes you look and feel, then we are here for you. As soon as your results start appearing, you’ll feel much better wearing the clothes that you’ve always wished you could and doing the activities you’ve been avoiding because people may notice your cellulite.
Book an Appointment Today
Does VelaShape sound like it could be the perfect solution for your skin concerns? We’re ready to help you. You can trust that you’re getting safe treatment from a knowledgeable and caring team when you visit us. To learn more, get in touch with us at Finesse Cosmetic Surgery in Waltham, MA.