Velashape Cellulite Treatment v SmartLipo v Vaser Lipo


If the sight of needles and the thought of surgery just beneath the skin makes you feel queasy, there are still a few non-surgical options available to you that can help to smooth out your lumpy cellulite. One such treatment is Velashape.

Velashape Cellulite Treatment

Velashape is the first FDA cleared system for circumferential and cellulite reduction. It achieves this through a unique combination of four technologies, infrared light energy, bi-polar radio frequency, vacuum and mechanical massage.

The Velashape applicator is gently applied to the treatment area and specially designed rollers massage and smooth out the skin. At the same time infrared light and radio frequency energies are emitted. This causes the widening of blood vessels, increases lymphatic drainage and shrinks the size of the actual fat cells and fat chambers.

The end result is a much smoother skin surface with a noticeable reduction in cellulite. In multi-center clinical studies, 85% of treated areas have reported a circumferential reduction of thighs of anywhere between 1cm - 7cm.

For optimal results 6 - 8 weekly treatments are usually recommended and can cost anywhere between $150 - $400 per session. Thereafter, ongoing maintenance treatments will be needed.

Frequency of maintenance treatments will depend on each individuals lifestyle and dietary habits. For active people who exercise regularly and have healthy diets, once every 3 or 4 months would be fine. However, individuals who lead a more sedentary lifestyle would require maintenance every 6 or 8 weeks.

The idea of non-surgical cellulite reduction and body shaping in as few as six sessions will appeal to most women, unfortunately going by these reviews Velashape won't work for everyone, only 37% thought it was worth the investment (average price: $1,175).

SmartLipo (Laser assisted Liposuction)

SmartLipo is a cosmetic procedure for removing localized areas of fat. The procedure is minimally invasive, safer than traditional liposuction and the results are permanent. When you destroy the fat cells they are gone for good.

A tiny laser fiber is inserted under the skin and is used to zap unwanted fat deposits causing the fat tissue to melt. The liquefied fat cells can then be suctioned out via a cannula (a thin tube used to remove liquids).

SmartLipo procedures can be performed on many more areas than traditional liposuction. Infact almost any area of the body that has flabby skin can be targeted, including the neck and facial areas.

The recovery time is faster, there is less bruising and less swelling than with traditional liposuction, and the SmartLipo laser also has the added benefit of stimulating new collagen growth inside the connective tissues, this helps to tighten the skin thereby reducing skin dimpling.

Cost of treatment is more expensive than traditional Liposuction, ranging from $2,000 to $8,000 depending on the number of areas and the size of each area being treated, but the average cost of treatment is $5,000.

Vaser Liposuction

It's very easy to confuse this with thinking that it's some type of new generation laser technology. Infact VASER stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance, and uses ultrasound energy (high-energy sound waves) to emulsify fat.

A tiny incision is made and a very thin probe is inserted under the skin into the area to be treated. The tip of the probe transmits sound energy at a controlled ultrasonic frequency which quite literally shakes the fat loose from their connective tissue.

The loose fat cells mix with the tumescent fluid (an anesthetic solution injected into the treatment area at the start of the procedure) and this mixture of fat and fluid is then easily removed using the suction cannula.

As with SmarLipo the Vaser Lipo procedure is minimally invasive. There is less bruising and swelling than with traditional liposuction and results are long lasting (the body fat removed does not grow back). The average cost of treatment is $5,225.

Vaser or Laser

The advantage of using Vaser Lipo is that ultrasound energy specifically ONLY targets the fat cells, and the fat cells can easily be removed without injuring nerves and blood vessels. There is therefore less tearing of surrounding tissues, reduced bruising and minimal post operative pain resulting in speedier patient recovery.

Plastic surgeons who favor the Vaser method of liposuction argue that SmartLipo laser tips get quite hot and there is always the risk of unintentional burning of flesh. But this has been addressed with the introduction of SmartLipo TriPlex.

SmartLipo TriPlex has a new probe that prevents accidental burning and unlike the previous model (SmartLipo) larger fat deposits can be targeted with improved skin tightening results.

Any advantages Vaser Lipo had over SmartLipo have been reversed with the introduction of SmartLipo Triplex, which has been shown to outperform Vaser Lipo in patient recovery time, fewer complication rates, equivalent or faster procedure times, and most importantly, greater patient satisfaction.

SmartLipo and Vaser LIpo are primarily body contouring devices and are designed to destroy fat cells deep below the skin. Some patients do report a reduced appearance of cellulite, but this is mainly due to the removal of excess body fat while the surgeon is sculpting and shaping the body.

SmartLipo and Vaser Lipo are not designed to treat cellulite. Cellulaze on the other hand is specifically for cellulite.

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