About Cellulite Treatment
Contrary to popular belief, the dimpling that characterizes cellulite is almost impossible to get rid of with diet and exercise. If you suffer from cellulite, then you know that it’s not just a matter of eating right or staying fit. Almost anyone can get cellulite—regardless of how much they weigh. It is in fact an almost universal issue, with about 10% of men and over 80-90% of women develop cellulite at least once in their life.
Cellulite tends to form around the thighs and buttock region and is almost impossible to hide, making it one of the most frustrating blemishes of all time. Instead of smooth curves and contours, cellulite can make a relatively toned figure look dimpled and unsightly. If cellulite is preventing you from feeling confident it’s time to find a cellulite treatment that truly works.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is the result of pockets of fat underneath the skin pushing up against connective tissue bands underneath the skin. While we’re not entire sure why cellulite occurs, the dimpled look in the skin often occurs in part because of weakened stores of collagen and elastin—the proteins that make up connective tissue. Because of weakened connective tissues in the skin, the fat stored underneath the skin are able to push up and create a lumpy appearance. Factors like aging (leading to a decrease in collagen stores and skin elasticity) and hormonal changes (leading to an increase in stores of fat) have been said to contribute to the development of cellulite.
How does Profound RF Work?
Profound RF is a minimally invasive, fractional radiofrequency (RF) microneedling device which has two types of treatment tips- the Dermal handpiece and the SubQ handpiece. While the Dermal handpiece is used in the treatment of skin laxity and wrinkles, the Sub Q handpiece targets unwanted fat and cellulite.
In a multi-center clinical study of Profound, which examined and analyzed the dimples and/or undulation irregularities in the thighs of 50 women, a significant improvement in cellulite on the thigh was noted after a single treatment. IN total, 94% and 93% of people whose thighs were treated with Profound showed marked improvement by blinded evaluation in the appearance of their cellulite and skin at 3 and 6 month follow-up, respectively, after a single treatment. Moreover, at 6 months after a single treatment, 94% and 100% of people treated reported improvement in their cellulite and skin texture, respectively.
Profound RF is thus a powerful option for the treatment of cellulite for people apprehensive about invasive procedures (such as liposuction) and who are looking for a relatively painless and effective single treatment option to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. IN a single session it destroys adipose tissue AND remodels the septae, thus addressing both factors that contribute to the appearance of cellulite.
The Dermal hand piece and Sub Q hand piece can be used in the same treatment session, to target both cellulite and skin tightening in the same region.
The “off face” body regions which can be targeted by Profound RF include the submental (“double chin”), thighs, buttocks, above knees, abdomen, arms, and neck.
Your Procedure with Profound RF
Profound RF requires anesthesia with lidocaine injection prior to the procedure. After the skin is thoroughly cleansed and pre treatment photos are take, the area to be treated may be mapped with a skin marker. Lidocaine is injected into the area to be treated utilizing very fine needles. There is a stinging sensation from the lidocaine injection, but thereafter the procedure should be comfortable. The treatment session time varies according to the size of the area being treated, but it is usually less than an hour.
At Renew MediSpa we other combine our Profound treatments with platelet rich plasma (PRP), to further enhance results. This is optional and requires a small sample of blood to be taken and then processed to extract your own growth factors, which are then applied to the treatment area during the course of the procedure.
Your Recovery from Profound RF
Due to the nature of the procedure, bruising is common and of course temporary. Mild swelling and soreness to touch are expected and the skin should be treated gently for a few days. There is no particular activity restriction through we recommend not going to a public gym until skin heaing is complete. Hot tubs, soaking baths, pools, lakes and, saunas should also be avoided during that time. The purpose of this is to avoid having the skin come into contact with excess bacteria until it has fully healed from the procedure.
Follow up can be schedule for approximately 12 weeks post procedure to evaluate results, but changes will usually begin to be evident within the first month.
More than 5 million patients worldwide have achieved a sleeker, smoother figure thanks to VelaShape. With over 10,000 procedures performed every day and more than 40 published clinical studies showing its effectiveness, VelaShape has proven itself to be an effective cellulite treatment. We’re proud to offer the latest generation of VelaShape: VelaShape III. VelaShape III is 40% faster than previous incarnations and now features three different tip sizes. With the range of tip sizes, this cellulite treatment can more precisely target the upper arms, neck, tummy, hips, buttocks, thighs, and more.
Is VelaShape Right for Me?
One measure called the Nurnberger-Muller Cellulite Classification Scale rates the severity of cellulite. There’s three stages: Stage 1 is when dimpling is present when the skin is pinched, but not present when someone’s standing up or lying down. Stage 2 is when dimpling appears whenever a person lies down—but only when they’re laying down. At stage 3, cellulite is present regardless of whether someone is lying down or standing up. The ideal VelaShape patient is someone with a BMI of less than 30, but is classified at stage 1 or 2 in the Nurnberger-Muller Cellulite Classification Scale. It’s important to keep in mind that VelaShape is not a weight loss procedure, but is effective for reducing stubborn pockets of fat that are impervious to diet and exercise. In the end, we’re all different, so the best way to find out if you’re a candidate is to schedule a consultation with the Renew MediSpa staff. Stage 3 cellulite will likely require Profound RF.
How Does VelaShape Work?
Velashape uses a combination of infrared light, bipolar radiofrequency, and vacuum pressure for its cellulite treatment. To target stubborn pockets of fat underneath the skin, VelaShape’s applicator uses a vacuum to bring the target area closer to the energy source. Then, infrared light is delivered through the skin into the layer of fat while bi-polar radio frequency energy safely distributes the heat, allowing the heat to be effectively delivered without damaging tissues.
Of course, stubborn pockets of fat aren’t the only thing responsible for cellulite; that’s why VelaShape’s heating and vacuum mechanism also stimulates the rebuilding of collagen and elastic stores—the proteins that make up connective tissue. With stronger connective tissues, your skin will look tighter, stronger, and have a better texture. Because this procedure approaches cellulite treatment from multiple dimensions, VelShape offers long-lasting, powerful results.
Your Procedure with VelaShape
Your VelaShape treatment will be simple and comfortable. On the day of the procedure, you’ll lie back as the VelaShape applicator is applied to the treatment area. Your cellulite treatment won’t feel painful at all—in fact, many patients report that VelaShape feels like a warm, deep-tissue massage. VelaShape’s cellulite treatment is completed over a series of 3-6 sessions until they reach satisfactory results. Patients should see their results after 3 sessions. Each session is typically set every two weeks. After the initial series, patients will be able to enjoy its results for 3-4 months. To maintain results lon -term, patients can have 1-2 touchup treatments every three months.
Your Recovery from VelaShape
Patients will be able to resume their daily activities after their cellulite treatment. Some patients feel warm sensations in the treatment area or reddened skin, but this is only temporary and should go away after a few hours.
- $159 – $199 per session Body Area (select Arms/Abdomen/Thighs/Torso “love handles”)
- $109 per session Neck (jawline/under chin)
- Sessions are every 2 weeks
- Results seen within 3 sessions; Typical Client does 3 to 6 sessions initially (until goal effect achieved)
- Maintenance afterward- 1 session every 3 months