Here's a video introduction of the procedure from "The Doctors Show."
... and here's one about how the elōs technology works.
VelaShape II improves on the first generation of Velashape by using Vsmooth covers, which enable sustained heating of the tissue for a longer period, resulting in optimal, reproducible results.
VelaShape III added increased RF power which reduced treatment time and number of treatments required. A built-in thermometer allows better monitoring, more precise treatment and increased patient comfort and safety.
The side effects are minimal and include a few days of bruising, blisters and crusting. If the operator is overly aggressive, the skin may be burned, which can result in infection.
The typical treatment schedule involves four half-hour to an hour bi-weekly sessions. According to Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Carmen Kavali, results last three to four months. One or two maintenance treatments are recommended every two to three months.
The cost of the initial treatment regimen averages $1175. Cost depends on how much you want done since charges are based on number and amount of areas treated.
For instance, front of thighs, back of thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen would cost $625 per treatment at a rate of $125 per area. Such an extensive treatment regimen would come to $2450 for the initial four-session protocol.
This seems quite a financial investment to lose a couple of centimeters from thighs or midsection. Changes are noticeable in before and after pictures.
However, put some clothes on and it's difficult to see the improvement. It's that slight. But if you're a Hollywood star who frequently needs to show a lot of skin, VelaShape can be a good investment in your career.
In the Press
The Syneron Company has an extremely aggressive press campaign going. There are many videos on YouTube produced by the company. Endorsements and reviews appear frequently in such publications as O - The Oprah Magazine, InTouch Weekly, People and Vogue.
InTouch Weekly ran a particularly unflattering series of photos of young stars in their late teens (Jamie Lee Spears 18) and early 20s (Lauren Conrad 23) wearing short shorts or bikinis and displaying significant cellulite.
Cellulite is partly genetic and partly due to lifestyle choices - poor diet, dehydration, lack of sleep, alcohol, stress, sun damage, poor circulation, being too thin (which allows fat cells to spread out leaving lumpy gaps in texture), as well as significant weight gain (which adds fat cells to push up against the collagen bands of the intracellular matrix). Once produced, new fat cells are extremely difficult to eradicate. Liposuction seems to be the most reliable way; however the results of lipo can be quite uneven and disfiguring.
It seems, a woman just can't win.
According to NY laser surgeon, Dr. Lisa Zdinak, "Women have thinner skin, which makes cellulite more visible; they have a higher percentage of body fat in the areas of the thighs, hips and abdomen; and they're genetically built to store energy in the form of fat."
Syneron explains that, "elōs 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."
Come back tomorrow to learn of VelaShape Radio Frequency Alternative Cellulite Procedures to Remove Cellulite from Abs, Thighs and Butt.