VelaShape – Washington D.C.
Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, DC offers VelaShape which features elōs™ technology that combines Bi-polar Radiofrequency (RF), Infrared Light Energy, and Vacuum and Mechanical Massage to target fat. The combination of these energies increases the metabolism of stored energy, increases lymphatic drainage, and reduces or shrinks the size of the actual fat cells and fat chambers. The net result is gradual smoothing of the skin’s surface with a noticeable reduction in cellulite.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is the unsightly lumpy, dimpled (cottage cheese or orange peel) appearance of skin. Cellulite consists of fat deposits that appear primarily on the hips, thighs and buttocks. Cellulite is probably one of the most aesthetically troubling concerns of women. It is estimated that 80% of women over the age of 20 (regardless of their weight or size) are affected by cellulite.
What causes Cellulite?
The skin’s connective tissue surrounds fat cells which are arranged in chambers. The walls of these chambers are called septae. Over time, fat cells increase in size and number and they, along with the accumulation of localized edema (tissue swelling), push the skin’s surface between the septae in an upward direction. This is what creates the lumpy and dimpled skin appearance associated with cellulite.
About VelaShape Treatment
VelaShape™ treatments are initially best delivered in a series of 4 (once or twice weekly) sessions. Gradual improvement in skin tone and contour can be expected after a series of 4 treatment sessions, but maintenance treatments are often advocated in order to enhance the results. These maintenance sessions can be delivered singly or in repeat series depending on an individual’s clinical response and preference.
A good treatment candidate is an individual who is in relatively good physical condition because VelaShape™ is not intended for weight loss.
- The precise heating of the skin during treatment is safe, fast and effective without postoperative recovery. Patients can return to daily activities immediately following treatment.
- Gradual smoothing of the skin’s surface is observed after a series of treatments with noticeable reduction in cellulite.
- Circumferential thigh reduction with reshaping of the skin surface is typical. In a clinical multi-center study, 85% of the treated areas showed reduction of thigh circumference of at least 1cm.
How does VelaShape® work to help get rid of cellulite?
VelaShape® is the only non-invasive body shaping product to combine four different technologies including IR (infrared), Bi-Polar RF (radio-frequency) and mechanical tissue manipulation using pulsed vacuum and massage rollers. The combination of the IR and vacuum coupled RF technologies causes deep heating of the connective tissue including the fibrous septae (or bands) which in turn promotes increased collagen deposition and cellular metabolism resulting in reduction in skin laxity and volume. The additional mechanical tissue manipulation of the VelaShape® causes an immediate increase in circulation and lymphatic drainage- both essential components for healthy skin structure. More than 3.5 million independent treatments have been performed globally to date confirming both the safety and unique efficacy of this technology.
What parts of the body can be treated with VelaShape?
VelaShape® can be applied to any body area that may need contouring: thighs, abdomen, arms, flanks and more. Wherever cellulite is bothersome, VelaShape® offers an effective solution to help solve the problem.
Who would be an ideal candidate for VelaShape treatment?
VelaShape® is recommended for normal to overweight patients who suffer from unsightly cellulite involving the hips, abdomen, or thighs. For optimized results, patients should also be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The treating clinician will determine whether VelaShape® is a good treatment option for the condition at hand.
What are the contraindications to a body contouring treatment with VelaShape?
There are no major contraindications for VelaShape® treatment. For patients who have pacemakers or defibrillators, are pregnant or nursing, or have severe health problems, it is recommended that a physician be consulted prior to commencing treatment.
What are the key differences/advantages of VelaShape over competition?
The non-invasive VelaShape® is the only system to combine 4 technologies creating a synergistic effect when treating the appearance of the skin. The unique mechanism of action of VelaShape® is a safe and comfortable treatment which has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
What clinical data is available on VelaShape?
The safety and effectiveness of the VelaShape treatment has been demonstrated in multi-center clinical trials and in more than 3.5 million independent treatments performed on patients around the world.
What is the minimum or maximum age required to be eligible for treatment with VelaShape?
VelaShape® treatments are not limited by age and all patients seeking cellulite reduction and /or circumference reduction can be treated. However, the treating clinician will determine if the patient is a good candidate.
If you are seeking advanced body contouring and cellulite reduction, please schedule a consultation at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, D.C. today.