SmoothShapes vs. VelaShape: Choosing the Best Cellulite Treatment
posted on 8/19/2011
With bikini season right around the corner, now is the best time to start a body contouring or reshaping treatment program. If you’re struggling with cellulite on the hips, buttocks and thighs, you may be a good candidate for the SmoothShapes or VelaShapecellulite reduction treatment.
Approximately 85 percent of the female population has a significant amount of cellulite, but there are some temporary solutions for reducing the appearance of cellulite and creating a svelte and trimmer figure. Here’s a close look at the effects and benefits of two popular cellulite treatments on the market – SmoothShapes and VelaShape:
Effects and Benefits of SmoothShapes
SmoothShapes is a non-invasive cellulite treatment that makes use of laser and light energy to affect the fat cells. The fatty tissue trapped beneath the skin and causing the dimples and lumps on the skin’s surface is stimulated with a heated, deep tissue massage that helps increase circulation to the affected area and tones the skin tissue. The painless treatment lasts for approximately thirty minutes and not only helps to tone and strengthen the tissues, but can also help reduce water retention so your clothes will fit better.
Key benefits of SmoothShapes include:
Quick treatment times
Feels like a deep tissue massage
No recovery time
Continual skin improvement up to six months after treatment
Individuals who have undergone liposuction or lost a significant amount of weight naturally may also benefit from the SmoothShapes treatment because it can help tighten and tone loose skin while reducing any bumps and lumps on the skin’s surface. A series of eight SmoothShapes treatments costs between $2,000 to $4,000, and most people start seeing results within a month after the first treatment.
Effects and Benefits of VelaShape
VelaShape is another non-invasive cellulite treatment that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite and create a more contoured and sculpted appearance. VelaShape differs from SmoothShapes because it does not deliver a heated massage, but instead works by contracting and tightening the skin tissues. The device uses a combination of bi-polar radio frequency and infrared light energy to shape and tone the treated area, and the suction action helps increase circulation.
Key benefits of VelaShape include:
Up to a 7 centimeter reduction in thigh circumference
Short treatment times – average of 30 minutes for thighs and 20 minutes for the abdomen
Noticeable results after the first treatment, significant results after a set of four treatments
Can treat young and old patients
VelaShape is typically administered to the thighs, tummy, arms, buttocks and hips, and studies show an average 65% reduction in cellulite. There is no downtime involved with the treatment, and the entire experience is painless. As long as the patient is maintaining a healthy diet and keeping up with a consistent exercise regimen, the skin will maintain its smooth and contoured appearance. A series of six VelaShape treatments costs approximately $1,000.
Learn more about cellulite treatments in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic surgeon in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for SmoothShapes or VelaShape.