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VelaShape® is a non-invasive body contouring treatment for circumferential and cellulite reduction*.

VelaShape® enables you to successfully achieve a toned, contoured and well shaped body in typically 3 treatment sessions (single treatment protocol is also available); making you look and feel more youthful.


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What is VelaShape?

VelaShape® is a non-invasive body contouring treatment for circumferential and cellulite reduction*. VelaShape® enables you to successfully achieve a toned, contoured and well shaped body in typically 3 treatment sessions (single treatment protocol is also available); making you look and feel more youthful. VelaShape® provides dramatic results without downtime or significant discomfort.

What kind of results can you expect from VelaShape?

VelaShape® is not a weight loss treatment. VelaShape® uses a combination of technologies to contour your body, reducing the trouble spots that diet and exercise can’t reach. 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. Book a consultation to make sure this is the right treatment for you,

How VelaShape works?

VelaShape® technology combines infrared light, bi-polar radio frequency energy and vacuum, which cause deep heating of the fat cells, their surrounding connective tissue and the underlying dermal collagen fibers. This type of efficient heating and vacuum stimulates the growth of new and better collagen and elastin which results in localized reduction in skin laxity, body volume, and an overall improvement in skin structure and texture.

Is VelaShape treatment right for me?

VelaShape® is not a weight loss treatment. VelaShape® uses a combination of technologies to contour your body, reducing the trouble spots that diet and exercise can’t reach. 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. Ask your doctor to see if you’re a candidate for VelaShape® treatments

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What is Vela shape?

VelaShape® is a non-invasive body contouring treatment for circumferential and cellulite reduction*. VelaShape® enables you to successfully achieve a toned, contoured and well shaped body in typically 3 treatment sessions (single treatment protocol is also available); making you look and feel more youthful.

Is velashape permanent?

Results from Velashape vary from person to person and since the fat cells are not removed, only deflated, they can refill with fat. Improvements in appearance are temporary, but can be extended with the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.

How long does it take to see results from velashape?

Most clients will see results after their third session, about six weeks after their first treatment. Results are gradual and cumulative. Your results will continue to improve, with the best results being most apparent two to three months after your final treatment.

Which is better velashape or CoolSculpting / Sculpsure?

Velashape is body contouring treatment that uses intense infrared rays to target fat below the skin. … The process of getting coolsculpting or SculpSure causes the fat cells to die overtime and be filtered out of the body as waste. Coolsculpting / SculpSure reduces fat in the targeted area leading a tighter and leaner look of the treated area.

Is VelaShape good for loose skin?

VelaShape® can smooth your body, and even reduce the circumference of the treatment area for better-fitting clothes and a trimmer appearance. Its ability to tighten loose skin makes it an excellent treatment when used in combination with permanent fat reduction devices such as CoolSculpting or SculpSure.

How often can you do VelaShape?

How many treatments do I need to see results? Most clients can see results after three sessions, but 4–6 weekly treatment sessions are recommended for optimal results. Each VelaShape session takes about 30 minutes

What is the difference between VelaShape 2 and 3?

The VelaShape II typically requires 8-10 treatments to achieve cellulite reduction while the Velashape III provides even better results in as little as 3 sessions. The Velashape III also has a hand-piece specifically for treating neck fat while Velashape II does not.

Can you exercise after VelaShape?

Following your VelaShape III session, you are free to resume regular activities. We generally recommend mild exercise post procedure to assist the lymphatic system in metabolizing the fat released. Any residual soreness you feel should be over within 48 to 72 hours.

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What is VelaShape treatment?

VelaShape is a noninvasive body contouring treatment that’s been cleared by the FDA for temporary cellulite reduction, as well as the circumferential reduction of the thighs and abdomen. The most commonly treated areas are the thighs, buttocks, upper arms, and stomach. It can also reduce excess fat and sagging under the chin.

Unlike most cellulite treatments that use one modality to treat the appearance of dimpled skin, VelaShape uses a combination of four: infrared light, bipolar radiofrequency (RF) energy, massage, and gentle suction.

The suction brings the skin closer to the energy source inside the handheld device, working with the massage to help relax and stretch the stiff fibrous bands under the skin that cause the dimpling and orange peel texture known as cellulite. The infrared and RF energies heat the skin, tightening tissue and making fat cells shrink and, in some cases, die.

The heat reduces skin laxity by tightening the existing underlying dermal collagen fibers and stimulating collagen and elastin production, which builds more firmness and elasticity over time.

It’s frequently paired with RF microneedling to smooth and tighten the skin faster and more effectively. “I often use VelaShape on patients post-liposuction, to tighten the skin and speed the recovery process,” says Dr. Larry Nichter, a plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, California. “I’ve found that treating any area with more than one modality provides the best result.”

Also known as: Cellulite Treatment, Body Contouring

Who makes a good candidate for VelaShape?

VelaShape works best for people who are at a healthy weight, with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 30 and mild to moderate cellulite. If your skin has some dimpling or an “orange peel” look when you’re standing up (stage 1 or 2 on the Nurnberger-Muller Cellulite Scale), you may be a good candidate.

VelaShape isn’t recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or people with an implanted automatic defibrillator, pacemaker, or other electronic device. If you’re taking blood thinners, you’ll need to stop taking them for at least 5 days before your treatment to reduce the risk of serious bruising.

Does VelaShape really work?

Studies and clinical trials show that VelaShape is effective, with some caveats. A 2015 study reported that “patients treated with the VelaShape device showed significant improvements in mean circumferential reduction and skin laxity,” while clinical trial results published in 2014 showed that a series of VelaShape II treatments to reduce fat led to “average reductions in the circumference of the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs of 1.4, 0.5, and 1.2 cm, respectively” within 3 months of their last treatment session.

A 2018 article in the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology surveyed the results of reputable studies and concluded that VelaShape has been shown to reduce cellulite. However, the results they cited were seen in patients who had twice-weekly treatments for up to eight weeks (with earlier VelaShape models), which points to the need for new research on results from VelaShape III.

Does VelaShape get rid of cellulite?

“VelaShape offers an improvement, not a cure, for cellulite,” says Dr. Nichter. There’s no permanent cellulite removal solution, but VelaShape can improve its appearance.

Cellulite is caused by fibrous bands, called septa, that run vertically between the skin and fascia. These bands bundle fat into honeycomb-like compartments. When they stiffen in response to hormonal shifts, they pull the skin down and compress the fat until it bulges out of these compartments, causing the appearance of dimples and pits on the skin’s surface.

VelaShape’s suction and massage rollers relax the bands, while the RF energy shrinks the fat cells in the treatment area. The combination creates a temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite.

How much does VelaShape cost?

VelaShape costs about $1,100 on average, according to RealSelf members, though some have paid up to $2,500. Your cost will depend on the number of sessions you have, the size and number of the areas being treated, the experience level of your provider, and their office location. Some treatment centers offer a reduced cost for a package of treatments.

Treatments don’t take very long. The procedure itself typically only lasts 20 to 30 minutes, though it can take longer for multiple areas.

There’s no downtime afterward.

The procedure is, by most accounts, painless.

It works well in combination with other procedures.

It’s safe for all skin types and tones.


You’ll need multiple treatments—usually three to six sessions, spaced a week or so apart—to see results. Candela Medical (the makers of VelaShape) say you’ll see results in just three treatments, but multiple doctors who’ve used the device say it can take more than that.

Your results will be temporary, and you’ll need three to four follow-up sessions every year to maintain them.

Results are temporary and can be subtle. Just over 70% of RealSelf members say VelaShape was Worth It, meaning that many didn’t see the results they’d expected.

What is the difference between VelaShape 2 and 3?

The numbers I, II, and III refer to the model of the VelaShape device, with 3 being the newest. “It’s important to note that there are several generations of the VelaShape device, so make sure your doctor is using VelaShape III, the most advanced and effective version,” says Dr. Nichter. Doctors on RealSelf report better results in fewer sessions with the newer devices.

What happens during VelaShape?

During the treatment, you’ll lie on a table while your doctor places the handheld device against your skin. You’ll feel a gentle suctioning as the device pulls the skin’s fatty layer closer to the device, to maximize exposure to the infrared light and RF energy. You’ll also feel a warm sensation as it causes “deep heating of the connective tissue, which stimulates collagen,” explains Orange County, California, plastic surgeon Dr. Jed Horowitz. Let your doctor know if the treatment feels too hot at any point.

“At the end of a procedure, you should feel like you’ve had a vigorous deep tissue massage. Your skin should be pink and warm to the touch,” says Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. Carmen Kavali.

RealSelf Tip: The treatment doesn’t require any preparation, though Dr. Nichter tells his patients to try to be well hydrated. “Radio waves travel through water faster—and being hydrated will make the radiofrequency portion of VelaShape more effective,” he says.

What is VelaShape recovery like?

“VelaShape requires no downtime or recovery period,” says Scottsdale, Arizona, plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Shapiro in a RealSelf Q&A. However, it’s “normal for the treated area to appear red for several hours after the treatment session,” he says. You may also have some swelling, if your skin is very sensitive.

How soon do you see results from VelaShape?

Most people see optimal results about six to eight weeks after they’ve completed a full treatment series, though some RealSelf members say they started seeing results after their first or second treatment.

How long do results last?

VelaShape results aren’t permanent. You’ll need to maintain them with follow-up treatments at least every six months, and by exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet. Dr. Nichter says, “I tell my patients to think of VelaShape like salon hair color, manicures, or teeth cleaning. To maintain results, you’ll need to come in for touch-ups.”

Is VelaShape safe?

VelaShape is considered safe, with minimal risks when it’s done by an experienced provider.

“The most common side effect is occasional bruising, but it lasts for only a few days,” says Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Turowski in a RealSelf Q&A. “It isn’t very common, but there’s also a chance of scabbing or blistering—more so in people with very loose skin. The doctor can help prevent this by lowering the level of the energy delivered.” There’s also a small chance of burns.

Women who are pregnant or nursing should wait to have a VelaShape treatment, since research hasn’t yet been done to prove that it’s safe for them.

VelaSmooth vs. VelaShape: What’s the difference?

VelaSmooth, the first non-invasive medical device approved for the treatment of cellulite by the FDA, is also made by the Syneron company. The VelaShape I, II, and III replaced VelaSmooth, which has a considerably lower Worth It rating from RealSelf members.

VelaShape has connectors for multiple applicators, so different treatments can be performed without having to switch back and forth. We recommend that you seek out a provider with the most up-to-date VelaShape machine.

Endermologie vs. VelaShape: What’s the difference?

Endermologie addresses cellulite by combining firm massage and suction to break up fat cells and smooth out skin. With no downtime, it’s another noninvasive way to treat cellulite on the thighs, butt, and other areas, but doctors on RealSelf agree that the VelaShape device provides superior results.

Which is better, CoolSculpting or VelaShape?

CoolSculpting reduces unwanted fat by freezing fat cells using controlled cooling, or cryolipolysis, compared to VelaShape’s combination of infrared light, bipolar RF energy, massage, and gentle suction.

“I use both in my practice,” says Dr. Michele Green, a New York City dermatologist. “CoolSculpting strictly treats fat bulges and reduces fat in many different areas by 25%. It can be used to treat the upper arms, thighs, abdomen, flanks, submental fat, banana roll and bra fat. VelaShape, while reducing some circumferential fat in select locations of the body, treats the texture of the skin and improves the appearance of cellulite. For this reason, I often combine both VelaShape and CoolSculpting in treating my patients, especially in the buttock area,” she explains.

What are some other alternatives to VelaShape?

Treatments to get rid of cellulite get mixed reviews. Most offer only subtle improvement and none provides a permanent solution. The only cellulite treatment that currently gets a higher Worth It Rating than VelaShape from RealSelf members is Cellfina, which uses small needles to cut the fibrous connective bands that create dimples under your skin.

These other options have all been reviewed by RealSelf members, with one consistent trend: about half of reviewers thought they were Worth It, while the rest were disappointed.

Accent laser uses radiofrequency energy to reduce cellulite and tighten skin.

SmoothShapes uses lasers, suction, and massage to stimulate collagen production and liquefy fat cells so they can be eliminated.

Ultrasonic Cavitation such as VASER Shape, which blends ultrasound and massage to boost circulation and lymphatic drainage, targets fat cells in the arms, belly, love handles, thighs, or chin.

Venus Legacy employs radiofrequency energy and suction to tighten skin and shrink fat cells.