Almost everyone on this site who has had VelaShape or VelaSmooth says it wasn't worth it because it didn't work to reduce cellulite. But hundreds and maybe even thousands of doctors offer VelaShape or VelaSmooth and continue to sell it to patients for cellulite treatment. Why are doctors selling this treatment if people aren't seeing results...and more importantly, why are people still buying it?! So, does it work or not? Help me out...I'm so confused.
Does Velashape Work?
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The gold standard and still the best treatment that...
The gold standard and still the best treatment that works for cellulite is Endermologie. Nothing is yet permanent but Endermologie has a long, positive track record. Treatments are not painful and maintenance only requires 2 or 3 treatments a year. Be sure the Endermologie Therapist has appropriate training and has been doing treatments for awhile. It is not easy to properly administer treatments so ask for references.
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Does Velashape Work?
The name is confusing, because there was VelaShape I and II before, and neither device was really great because they both required multiple treatments, on the order of 8 to 10 or more, as well as frequent follow-up treatments to maintain results.I try to explain to my patients that the latest VelaShape III is NOTHING like Vela I or II, so they cannot compare the new machine to the old.However, the names and numbers do make it confusing for the consumer to know exactly which device is being used, so I’d like to try and explain why I am so intrigued and happy with the new VelaShape III.Overall, VelaShape III is now the most advanced technology that is FDA-cleared for reduction of cellulite and circumferential fat-reduction.The only thing is that results are not yet permanent, however you may achieve long-lasting results with follow-up treatments recommended every 2 to 3 months for optimal results, but you may practically plan to do maintenance treatments twice annually and maintain very acceptable results!
Why would a doctor sell a treatment that doesn't work?
I have no personal experience with these devices, but purchasing any device for many $1000's corrupts your objectivity as a clinician. Manufacturers are adept at convincing doctors to embrace new technology with the following pitch: 1. It's the greatest thing ever (TGTE) 2. It didn't work? Change your treatment settings and you'll see it's TGTE 3. You need to combine treatments with our other great device, and then you'll see it's TGTE 4. Your machine is now two years old- you should buy our brand new machine that is truly TGTE.
If your MD is caught in this cycle, it is very difficult to escape.
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