Does Velashape Work?

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.

Doctor Answers 7

Why would a doctor sell a treatment that doesn't work?

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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.

“VelaShape III” is one of the very best technologies today for the reduction of cellulite

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One of the very best technologies today for the reduction of cellulite is called “VelaShape III”.
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!

Suzanne M. Quardt, MD
Palm Springs Plastic Surgeon

The gold standard and still the best treatment that...

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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.

Edmond A. Zingaro, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon

It does work!!!

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I have to say that Velashape III, the newest model of the Velashape line it is a beauty. You have to have in mind that all treatments require the client to follow at home instructions. For example, drink plenty of water. This is the easiest step to follow and sometimes clients ignore it.

You also have to have in mind that the amount of sessions vary, we usually recommend to start with 6 sessions. This does not mean cellulite will be gone after you finish these treatments. Some clients see difference on the first 3 treatments, other it can take over 10 treatments. The good thing about it is that once we can diminish the appearance of cellulite clients usually come once a month for a maintenance session.

Yes, it does work, the technology is fascinating and it has been proven to really show results.

Vania E. Fernandez, MD
Miami Physician


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Velashape3 is a great procedure for the temporary reduction of cellulite. The technology uses radiofrequency and heat to help tighten the skin. I also recommend the treatments for every patient after liposuction.

Velashape III

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The Velashape III does work and is the only non-invasive body shaping machine 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, which in return stimulates collagen. With the a series of six treatments, one week apart we have seen significant improvements in cellulite and skin elasticity.


Cellulaze Best for Cellulite Reduction

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Thank you for your question. I would suggest Cellulaze to reduce your cellulite. Cellulaze is the only minimally invasive laser procedure designed to attack the structure of cellulite beneath your skin. Cellulaze is backed by many years of clinical research. Studies have shown it increases the thickness of your skin by 25% and the elasticity of your skin by 29%—significant claims that haven't been made by any other treatments. Thicker and more elastic skin can help flatten and smooth the skin surface to improve the appearance of cellulite. In addition, 93% of patients surveyed were satisfied or very satisfied with their results at one year post their procedure, and all would recommend the Cellulaze cellulite laser treatment to a friend.

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