VelaSmooth™ is the first medical device approved by the FDA for cellulite. The VelaSmooth device combines vacuum suction, mechanical rollers, and elos heating through infrared light and bipolar RF energy. Reduction in cellulite and contouring of lipodystrophies (unwanted lumps, bumps and bulges) are the treatment goals for VelaSmooth; most patients achieve some reduction in circumferential measurement around treated areas.
How does the VelaSmooth work?
Vacuum suction and massage from the mechanical rollers draw circulation into the local area for increased oxygen availability, as well as manipulation of the tissue for drainage of trapped fluids through the lymphatic system. Heat from the infrared light source and the bi-polar RF is deployed into the hypodermis to facilitate the use of energy from adipocytes in this layer.
Use of these stored triglycerides results in the shrinkage of the actual fat cell and reduces the total volume within the fat chamber. Focal aggressive treatment to specific lipodystrophic areas such as “love handles” and “saddlebags” results in contouring of the area.
There is often visible and measurable contouring of the lumps and bumps as evidenced by post-treatment photos, girth measurements, and what most patients love the most… how their favorite pair of jeans seem to fit much better! Men seem to respond very well to VelaSmooth™ treatments for contouring of torso and abdominal areas.
Cellulite is a phenomenon which occurs primarily in women but sometimes in men as well. Uneven tension within the hypodermal layer of fat creates an uneven skin surface and dimpling. Hypertrophied adipocytes, trapped lymph and poor circulation all contribute to the cellulite phenomenon.
Most women over the age of 20, regardless of their weight or size, are affected by cellulite. Lean women, average weight women and heavier women are all susceptible to this condition.
How many treatments are needed?
Most patients achieve noticeable changes in contouring and skin tightening after 10 sessions, and first start seeing a difference after the first 5-6 treatment sessions. Treatments are performed twice a week. Some patients with more severe cellulite would benefit from continuing the treatment protocol for up to 16 sessions. Maintenance treatments are done monthly thereafter.