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As we age, our body changes and issues such as cellulite or excess fat deposits in areas such as the abdomen and buttocks start to appear. Even when a healthy diet and exercise routine is maintained, both of these issues can be difficult to overcome. Dr. Michele Green is an expert in non-invasive body contouring and offers the latest in fat reduction with Coolsculpting, Thermage, CoolTone, and VelaShape treatment in her boutique NYC dermatology office.

Cellulite is a problem that affects a very high percentage of women at some point in their lives. Cellulite is less common in men because they have lower amounts of estrogen than women, but can still occur, especially as a man ages. Cellulite is caused by the process of fat cells “pushing” their way through the collagen in the skin. This is the cause of the random looking lumps and bumps that are the trademark of cellulite, which can cause the appearance of dimpling and pits on the skin’s surface. Cellulite can appear in a number of places on the body. The ‘orange peel’ look can typically be found on the outer thighs, but can also occur on the upper arms, neck and buttock,love handles, abdomen and flanks.

In the past, there have been very few treatments available which can help with both cellulite reduction and body contouring, but as technology developments, new procedures become available. VelaShape iii is the best new, non-surgical technology with ground breaking technology, to minimize the cosmetic appearance of cellulite. Dr. Michele Green was one of the first dermatologists in New York to bring this innovative treatment to her New York City patients.

What is VelaShape?

VelaShape® is a non-invasive body shaping/body contouring treatment which has been tested in various clinical studies and FDA approved to provide a reduction in the appearance of cellulite and also can target thigh, buttock, and abdominal fat. For optimal results, five or more treatment sessions may be required with VelaShape® to have the best cosmetic results. The procedure is quick to administer and does not require any down time once the treatment has taken place. The fact that there is no recovery times makes it advantageous for those with a busy schedule who can’t afford to take time off from their schedule. Many patients do not want invasive procedures with significant down time like liposuction.

The way VelaShape® works is that it uses a combination of two key techniques, infrared light (IR) and bi-polar radio frequency energy (RF). This energy is combined with vacuum suction and deep-tissue massage. In tandem, these processes cause deep heating within the fat cells and the connecting tissue. Deep heating the underlying dermal collagen fibers and surrounding connective tissue, allows for the re-generation of new collagen and elastin, which is stronger, firmer, and more elastic. This new collagen which is generated in turn helps smooth the skin tone and texture in the treated area.

The suction on the VelaShape brings the skin closer to the energy source in the device and in combination with the deep-tissue massage, helps to stretch out the stiff fibrous bands under the skin, which contribute to the appearance of cellulite. The radiofrequency and infrared light energies cause deep heating of the fat cells, and bring about cellulite reduction by tightening the skin and shrinking fat cells. VelaShape will provide a general smoothing of the area treated, helping to significantly improve the appearance of cellulite.

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Who is a good candidate for Velashape iii?

VelaShape is the ideal procedure for someone at a healthy weight, with mild to moderate cellulite. VelaShape works on all skin types and improves the overall improvement of cellulite in the treated area.

What are the side effects of VelaShape?

Due to the deep-tissue massage associated with VelaShape, there can be some localized bruising of the treatment area. Post VelaShape, the skin may have a pinkish appearance which goes away in a few hours. It is recommended to stop aspirin, motrin, or any other blood thinners for one week before your treatment in order to avoid any unnecessary bruising. VelaShape is not recommended for patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator.

Does VelaShape hurt?

Most patients describe VelaShape as a warm deep-tissue massage and is completely painless with no recovery time. There is a warm sensation from the device, from the radiofrequency and infrared light. You will have the benefit of significant improvement in the appearance of your cellulite without any significant discomfort.

How many VelaShape treatments do I need and how far apart?

Most patients achieve the best cosmetic results from having five to six treatments scheduled approximately two weeks apart.

Does Velashape 3 work?

Yes, VelaShape is a highly effective cellulite treatment. VelaShape was created by Syneron-Candela laser who designed this unique VelaShape technology. A study published in 2015 highlights how VelaShape works and illustrates “significant improvements in mean circumferential reduction and skin laxity” . Another clinical trial in 2014 showed that VelaShape lead to circumferential reductions in the abdomen, buttock, and thighs within three months of their last treatment. The reduction in the abdomen was 1.4 cm, the buttocks 0.5 cm, and the thighs 1.2 cm. These impressive circumferential reductions have been duplicated in patients treated in Dr. Green’s office. In its clinical trials, many patients had a reduction of one full dress size after a series of treatments.

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As a combination of infrared light, bi-bolar radiofrequency, suction, and mechanical massage, the connective tissue bands which hold the fat cells in place are disrupted, and the the heat destroys the fat cells and stimulates new collagen formation. VelaShape’s suction and massage rollers relax the fibrous bands which increases circulation and encourages lymph drainage. The deep heating of the fat cells, the fibrous connective tissue, and underlying dermal collagen fibers, shrinks the fat cells in the treatment area. It is this combination of modalities which makes VelaShape so effective for cellulite treatment with dramatic results.

Which areas of the body does VelaShape treat?

  • thighs
  • love handles
  • flanks
  • abdomen
  • buttocks
  • saddlebags
  • hips
  • upper arm
  • neck

Is VelaShape treatment right for me?

VelaShape is not a weight loss treatment. VelaShape uses a combination of technologies to contour the body and reduce cellulite, which diet and exercise cannot improve. The ideal VelaShape patient is someone with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of less than 30, who falls under The Nurnberger-Muller Cellulite Classification Stage 1 and 2. Stage 1 cellulite shows no dimpling when you stand or lie down. A pinch test reveals and “orange peel” look when you are standing up in stage 1 or 2. During your consultation with Dr. Green, you will see if you are a good candidate for the VelaShape treatment.

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What are the stages of cellulite?

  • Stage 1:  NO dimpling while the patients is standing or lying down, but the pink test reveals the “orange peel” appearance.
  • Stage 2:  “Orange peel” dimpling appears spontaneously when standing up, but NOT when lying down.
  • Stage 3:  “Orange peel” dimpling appears spontaneously both when standing up AND lying down.

What results can I expect in circumferential reduction?

In clinical trials, the body contouring component of VelaShape led to a reduction of one entire dress size after completion of treatment sessions. You will see a gradual smoothing of the skin’s surface with an impressive reduction in cellulite.

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How long do VelaShape 3 results last?

The results from VelaShape® in your treated area are not permanent since the body is constantly aging and changing. However, most patients report the results lasting at least six to twelve months and for some, much longer. One of the deciding factors is whether a healthy lifestyle, exercise and balanced diet routine is maintained. Typically, individuals who aim for these standards tend to benefit more from the treatment, and the results from VelaShape can last much longer. It is recommended that periodic maintenance VelaShape treatments will be best for continued cosmetic results.

How long does a VelaShape iii treatment take?

Depending on the treatment area, a Velashape treatment can take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes and feels like a deep-tissue massage.

How does VelaShape iii compare to older versions?

VelaShape iii is the latest VelaShape device and uses higher energies very safely and effectively. As a result, your results are visible in a shorter period of time. Some patients feel improvement even after the first treatment.

Does Velashape tighten the skin?

Velashape tightness the skin by producing new collagen and elastin which restuls in a localized reduction in skin laxity, body volume, and  an overall improvement in skin structure and texture. This process creates an impressive clinical improvement in the appearance of cellulite and cellulite reduction. If skin tightening is the primary goal of your skin concern, Dr. Green will review Thermage for skin tightening with you where the Thermage FLX is currently the gold standard in non-invasive skin tightening.

How much does VelaShape iii Cost?

VelaShape cellulite reduction costs $850 or more depending on the area treated and the number of sessions needed.

When will you see the results from VelaShape?

The results from Velashape can be visible even after the first or second treatment. The best cosmetic results can be seen two months after the full treatment series is completed.

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How does VelaShape compare to Cellfina?

VelaShape is entirely non-invasive, painless, with no down time at all. Cellfina is invasive and uses small needles to loosen the fibrous connect bands which create dimpling and the appearance of cellulite on your skin.

What is Qwo for cellulite?

Qwo is a new FDA approved injectable for the treatment of moderate to severe cellulite in the buttock area. Qwo is produced from the enzyme collagenase clostridium histolytic-aaas. Qwo is injected into the cellulite of the buttock area to release the fibrous septa of the connective tissue enzymatically. Qwo targets the degradation of types 1 and 3 collagen and results in smoothing of the skin and improving the appearance of cellulite. There has been significant bruising and reports of hardening in the treatment area with Qwo. Qwo is expected to be released on the market for physician use in 2023.

How does VelaShape compare to Coolsculpting?

Velashape can reduce circumferential fat and cellulite in the abdomen, buttocks and thighs but is not primarily designed for fat treatment. Coolsculpting is specifically designed to treat fat bulges on the upper arms, inner and outer thighs, abdomen, flanks, love handles, buttocks, knees, and bra fat.

How do I get started with VelaShape iii for cellulite reduction?

If you’re ready for a new non-invasive treatment solution to help with cellulite and body contouring, there’s finally a solution that can help you get excellent results. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether VelaShape® may be right for you.

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