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VelaShape is one of the few treatments that may help reduce cellulite.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

Treatment Basics

Regulatory approval: VelaShape was approved in 2007 for the treatment of cellulite.

Televised on the reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians, the cellulite removal procedure known as VelaShape became instantly popularized after being used to shape Kim's famous derriere. The fashionista said it best: "What girl doesn't have a little bit of cellulite?" Touche, Kim.

VelaShape is a non-surgical device for temporarily reducing cellulite. VelaShape combines radiofrequency energy, infrared light, mechanical rollers, and vacuum suction to heat and massage the shallow layers of fat that contribute to cellulite. While the handheld vacuum sucks at the fatty pockets, the infrared light heats and shrinks fat cells.

The treatment was originally approved by the FDA in 2007. Since then, Velashape 2, which is more effective than the original device, has been introduced.

What It's Good For

VelaShape is used to treat cellulite, uncute dimples on the thighs, buttock, and abdomen. The procedures is also approved to relieve muscle aches, pains, and spasms, and to temporarily improve blood circulation.

Who it works for: VelaShape's body contouring effects are dependent on an individual's ability to lead a healthy life style. Though a session can help improve the appearance of cellulite and flatten small pockets of unwanted flab, you can't pick up a bag of donuts a day later and expect to keep up the results.

Recommended age range: If you have cellulite (which includes more than 80% of women over 20 years old) you are a candidate for the procedure.

When will I see results?: VelaShape is not a quick fix for cellulite, though each session may leave your skin firmer and tighter. Studies have found that fat deposits may shrink after treatment.

How long it lasts: VelaShape is not a permanent procedure. As soon as you quit using the device, cellulite may return. You can maintain the results by keeping a balanced diet, following a regular exercise routine, and getting follow-up treatments every one to three months.

Key benefits of VelaShape: VelaShape is one of the few procedures that may help reduce cellulite.

Licensed uses: VelaShape was approved in 2007 for temporarily relieving minor muscle aches, pains, and spasms, improving blood circulation, reducing thigh circumference, and treating cellulite.

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