Craig Mezrow MS, MD, FACS

What is Cellulite Reduction?


Finally, a cellulite treatment that does what no creams, potions or surgeries have been able to do: It works. VelaShape and Legacy are completely painless, totally non-invasive and effective. Syneron's VelaShape’s and Venus Concept's Legacy technology works to re-contour your skin, creating a firmer, smoother surface and significantly reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Approximately 80 per cent of women have some degree of cellulite, a result of concentrated fat cells that leave a rippling effect on the skin, which is often compared to an orange peel.It is typically most pronounced around the thighs, hips and buttocks of women. You do not need to be overweight or a certain age to have cellulite. Even very young and very thin women are affected.

Legacy and VelaShape both use radio frequency energy to heat the skin and underlying tissues to decrease the appearance of cellulite. VelaShape is the only medical device with the revolutionary elos (electro-optical synergy) combined energy technology by Syneron Medical. By using Bi-Polar Radio Frequency and Infrared Light — plus tissue mobilization combined with suction. Whereas, Legacy by Venus Concept is unique in that it uses Radio Frequency and Electromagnetic Energy plus suction. Both systems decrease the appearance of cellulite and problem areas are re-contoured.


What causes Cellulite?

Cellulite develops in the body when fat is deposited immediately below the dermis and contained in fat chambers that can become swollen. As the fat cells grow in size, surrounding tissue becomes compressed and hardened, making blood circulation more difficult and trapping fluids. This causes reduced elasticity of the adipose tissue, producing an undesirable tension between the layers. The resulting depression of connective tissue anchor points creates the appearance of cellulite.

How does VelaShape and Legacy get rid of cellulite?

The machines uses heat up fat cells, breaking them apart. The machines also uses suction to gently smooth the skin during treatment so the energy is delivered uniformly. 
By reducing the size of fat cells and affecting the intra-fat structure, the treated area becomes smoother and more elastic. The radio frequency also causes a mild contraction that visually lifts and firms the area, especially noticeable in the buttocks.

"This treatment offers the most advanced method of cellulite reduction available on the market today."


How much improvement can I expect?

All patients in the FDA studies demonstrated improvement in cellulite appearance as well as reduction in the hip circumference. Average improvement for all patients on the appearance of cellulite was 50-65 per cent. Hip perimeters were reduced 3.2cm on average, and all patients reported feeling skin contraction as a result of the treatment.


What's a VelaShape and Legacy treatments like?

You'll lie on a table for your treatment. The aesthetician will pass the hand piece over the area with the cellulite. This will be repeated a number of times. You will feel the massaging action of the suction and possibly some warmth as the radio frequency penetrates to the fat layer in your skin. Some patients report a mild tingling and a light pinching sensation, but most find the procedure similar to a massage. On occasion, some mild bruising can occur.


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How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments varies for each individual, but typically a series of 8 to 10, performed weekly, offers measurable, as well as visual improvement. Each treatment generally takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes. Once you achieved your desired result, a monthly treatment is recommended to maintain optimal outcome.


How is VelaShape and Legacy different from other cellulite machines?

Other types of cellulite reduction equipment offered only massage and suction, rendering it far less effective. Since the energy actually heat the fat cells, the effect is one of dispersal and removal of the cells - not simply a breaking up of some of the hardened tissue.

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Is there downtime?

No. Syneron's VelaShape and Venus Concept's Legacy requires no time "off". You may return to your regular activities immediately.

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