You shouldn’t feel embarrassed if you develop cellulite as you get older. Cellulite is a very common skin condition, and you don’t have to be overweight or inactive to experience this issue. In fact, you can get cellulite even if you maintain a healthy weight and take excellent care of your skin. At Still Waters Day & Medical Spa in Pensacola, Florida, we can use a cellulite treatment called VelaShape to transform the texture of your skin.
What Is an Effective Cellulite Treatment? Introducing VelaShape
VelaShape uses a completely non-invasive method to smooth away your cellulite and give you a toned, attractive appearance. In addition to reducing cellulite, this treatment can be used to contour and shape your body. VelaShape uses a combination of different techniques to achieve this aesthetic outcome in a quick, effective manner.
We will start your treatment by using suction energy to move your skin toward our small, specialized device. Moving your tissues closer to our device will allow us to treat your cellulite in a more effective manner.
We will also carefully massage your tissues. Massaging your skin will improve the condition of the fibrous cords underneath the surface of your skin. As these fibers stretch and become more flexible, the dimpling on your skin will become less noticeable.
Bi-Polar Radiofrequency Energy
Once your tissues are in position, the VelaShape device will send bi-polar radiofrequency energy into your skin. This energy will gently increase the temperature of the tissues in your target area. As these tissues warm-up, the fibers in your skin will become tighter. Some of the fat cells in this area of your body will also decrease in size and die.
In addition to reducing your unwanted fat, this energy will enable your body to create more collagen and elastin proteins. Elastin is a naturally occurring protein that allows your lungs, tendons, and skin to stay flexible and elastic. Similarly, collagen is a type of fibrous protein that helps your skin stay smooth, firm, and tight. When the amount of elastin and collagen in your tissues increases, your cellulite will be diminished, and the texture of your skin will become smoother and more attractive.
We will also send infrared light into your tissues. Like bipolar radiofrequency energy, this infrared light will heat up your tissues and help your body increase the amount of elastin and collagen proteins in your skin. This infrared light will also reduce the size of your unwanted fat cells.
What Will My VelaShape Treatment Be Like?
Some cosmetic treatments use harsh techniques that can cause you to experience unpleasant sensations during your appointment. In contrast, VelaShape has been specifically designed to reduce your cellulite without causing you to feel any discomfort.
Preparing for Your Appointment
It’s a good idea to hydrate your body on the day of your appointment. Since radiofrequency energy is able to quickly move through water, drinking lots of liquids on your treatment day will help us treat your tissues and minimize your cellulite. In addition to drinking sufficient amounts of water, you should wear comfortable clothing to our office in Pensacola, Florida.
Receiving Your Treatment
After you are in position on our treatment table, we will put our VelaShape device onto your skin. As this device uses vacuum energy to bring your tissues into position, you will notice a suctioning feeling.
Once we have suctioned your skin into our device, we will use the bi-polar radiofrequency and infrared energy to heat your tissues. The VelaShape device allows us to raise and lower these energy levels to fit your unique needs, and you will not develop any burns or scars on your skin.
Enjoying Your Improvements
You’ll be free to leave our office and go about your day after we have finished using the VelaShape device to improve your cellulite. Over the next couple of weeks, the elastin and collagen in your skin will gradually increase. This is a natural process, and you don’t have to follow any special rules while your body is accomplishing this task. Over time, your cellulite will decrease and your skin will become firmer.
Can I Use VelaShape on Multiple Locations?
Cellulite is especially likely to develop on your buttocks and thighs. We can use our sophisticated VelaShape device to treat the skin on these areas of your body. In addition, we can use this device to remove cellulite on your flanks, neck, abdomen, and arms.
Why Have I Developed Cellulite?
Cellulite is affected by the build-up of fat under the surface of your skin. When your fat cells increase, they will push against fibers that connect your muscles and skin. These fibers will push down on your fat cells in an attempt to keep them from moving upward. As your fibers and fat cells move against each other, your skin will develop a dimpled, lumpy appearance.
Although scientists do not completely understand why people develop cellulite, they do know that women develop cellulite at a much higher rate than men. In fact, about 90% of women will develop cellulite during their lifetimes. Women are especially likely to have cellulite in their thighs, buttocks, and hips. Further, people become more likely to experience this skin condition as they get older or gain weight. In addition, people are more likely to develop cellulite if their parents and other relatives have experienced this issue.
How Many VelaShape Treatments Will I Receive?
You are likely to receive three VelaShape treatments. However, this is a customized process, and we will adjust the details of your treatment plan to suit your individual goals and needs. For instance, if you would like to treat cellulite on many different locations on your body, you are likely to receive more treatments. Alternatively, you might be able to effectively address minimal cellulite in one area of your body with one treatment session.
Will the Improvements in My Skin Last for a Long Time?
Since VelaShape sends radiofrequency and infrared energy into the tissues of your skin, it is able to make lasting improvements in the appearance of your cellulite. In fact, your improvements are likely to last for several months. However, this treatment will not produce permanent changes in the texture of your skin.
To preserve your smooth skin, you should receive follow-up sessions from us. Although your individual maintenance plan will vary, it’s common to get a VelaShape treatment every six months or so.
Is There Anything I Can Do to Prolong the Benefits of My VelaShape Treatment?
There are a number of simple, easy steps that you can take to extend the benefits of your cellulite treatment.
Move Your Body
When your muscles are strong, your skin is more likely to look even and smooth. To maintain good muscle tone, you should follow a regular exercise program.
Manage Your Weight
Even the thinnest, fittest people can develop cellulite on their thighs, buttocks, and other areas. However, overweight people are more likely to develop this skin condition.
To reduce the risk that you will develop additional cellulite in the future, you should maintain a stable, healthy weight. Further, since additional fat can make existing your dimples and bumps more noticeable, controlling your weight can improve the appearance of areas of cellulite on your skin.
Smoking cigarettes will degrade the elastin and collagen in your tissues and cause your skin to age more quickly. As your skin loosens and sags, your cellulite will become more noticeable. Quitting smoking will reduce the chances that you’ll develop sagging skin that draws attention to your cellulite.
Eating an unbalanced diet can enhance your risk of developing cellulite and cause you to gain weight. To avoid this issue, you should limit your consumption of processed foods that are very high in sugar and eat lots of vegetables, whole grains, and fruits.
Will Cellulite Creams Provide the Same Results as a VelaShape Treatment?
Many beauty companies sell expensive creams that promise to remove your cellulite after a complete of treatments. Although many of these creams claim to produce lasting benefits, these products will not create permanent changes in your skin. Instead, cellulite creams often use caffeine, antioxidants, and other ingredients to temporarily improve your skin’s texture and appearance.
Since these creams will not reach the deeper layers of your skin, they are unlikely to produce sustainable, dramatic changes in your cellulite. Instead, any improvements are likely to be very brief and superficial. In contrast, VelaShape uses advanced technology to alter the condition of your skin. As a result, this cellulite treatment is able to create lasting, noticeable changes in your appearance.
Am I an Ideal Candidate for VelaShape?
VelaShape is designed to improve the appearance of cellulite that is considered to be Stage One or Two under the Nurnberger-Muller Cellulite Classification Scale. Although this scale sounds complicated, it’s actually a clear, straightforward method that is used to classify different types of cellulite.
Your cellulite is Stage One if you must gather the affected tissues into your hands in order to see lumps and dimples on your skin. These issues will not be visible when you stand up or lie down. If your cellulite is Stage Two, you will not be able to see your dimples when you lie down. However, this issue will become visible when you are in a standing position. If your cellulite has moved to Stage Three, your lumps and dimples will be noticeable when you get up or lie down.
Is VelaShape a Good Way to Lose Weight?
It’s common to have extra inches around your thighs, flanks, and abdomen. Since VelaShape decreases the size of fat cells in your target area, this treatment is a good way to reduce the circumference of these areas of your body. Further, this treatment can be used to give you a toned, sculpted appearance.
However, you need to understand that VelaShape should not be used as a weight-loss treatment. Instead of helping you lose large amounts of weight, this technique is designed to help you contour and shape features that you are struggling to improve with lifestyle changes. Accordingly, you might not be able to use this cellulite treatment if your Body Mass Index, commonly known as BMI, is over thirty.
Say Goodbye to Your Cellulite
You don’t have to rely on ineffective, expensive cellulite creams to achieve smooth, dimple-free skin. VelaShape is a revolutionary treatment that uses radiofrequency energy, infrared light, and other techniques to minimize your cellulite and transform the texture of your skin.
Even better, this is a non-invasive treatment that doesn’t require you to take any time off from your social life, job, or other activities. Contact us at Still Waters Day & Medical Spa in Pensacola, Florida to learn more about how this treatment can help you.