FAQ - Body Contouring & Cellulite Treatment


What Is Cellulite?

Cellulite occurs primarily in women but sometimes in men as well. Cellulite is caused by uneven tension within the hypodermal layers which causes dimpling. Adipose fat (cellulite) is like a sponge and it can hold and store fat, toxins and waste. Poor circulation, trapped toxins and water waste in the adipocytes, loss of skin elasticity all contribute to the cellulite phenomenon.

How Does VelaShape Improve the Appearance of Cellulite?

This non-surgical, non-invasive treatment for cellulite has three components, radiofrequency energy (RF), infrared light energy (heat), and mechanical vacuum massage. The heat from the RF and infrared light, combined with the vacuum massage, increases metabolism of the fatty layer (cellulite), shrinks the size of the adipocytes, tightens and smoothes the contour of the skin and increases circulation and promotes waste elimination. In addition to minimizing cellulite dimpling, VelaShape reduces the circumference of the treated thighs—by an average of about an inch, according to studies.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved VelaShape for the treatment of cellulite on the thighs.

Will it be uncomfortable? What can I expect with the procedure?

Most patients find Velashape treatments comfortable, like a warm deep tissue massage. VelaShape sessions can last from 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. You’ll probably retain a sensation of warmth or heat for several hours after the procedure. You may also experience some redness, swelling, and (in rare cases) bruising, but these side effects will quickly subside. You can return to your normal activities right away.

What should I expect after the treatment?

Although you’ll notice some tightening and smoothing of your skin immediately, the shrinking of the fat cells takes time. You may need to wait several weeks to see a significant reduction in cellulite. For best results, we usually recommend six to ten treatment sessions, with a week of recovery between sessions. Maintenance treatments are typically done once a month to maintain results.

Venus Freeze

What is Venus Freeze?

Venus Freeze is a device used to treat wrinkles, rhytides, tighten skin, reduce cellulite and circumferential fat. Using (MP)² technology, this device delivers multi-polar radio frequency and magnetic pulsed fields to the skin to produce a dense and uniform heat matrix. This causes collagen synthesis and contraction, fibroblast proliferation, neo-vascularity and lipolysis.

What areas of the body can be treated?

The face, neck and entire body can be treated with the Venus Freeze.

What kind of results can you get from a Venus Freeze treatment?

Tighter skin, softening of wrinkles, plumper, fuller and more youthful appearance, reduced cellulite and a more contoured sillouette.

How successful are the treatments?

Most patients see a result in as little as three treatments however, we advise a full series of six treatments for the face and eight to ten treatments on the body.

Is there any pain or discomfort involved?

None! In fact, most patients nap or just simply relax during the treatment. The sensation is pleasant and warm.

How safe are the treatments? Are there any contraindications or side effects?

Radio Frequency and magnetic pulses have been used for many years in medicine and are proven, safe technologies. There are no side effects other than looking terrific and the contraindications are standard with all treatments. Your treatment provider will review your medical history and your aesthetic goals to see if Venus Freeze is the right treatment for you.

How many treatments do I need?

Six for the face or neck and eight to ten on the body.

When can I expect to see results?

Patients begin to see results typically in three treatments but we advise that they complete the series of six, eight or ten to see the full results. Patients continue to see an improvement in their skin up to three months after the series of treatments is complete.

Is everyone a good candidate for Venus Freeze?

Yes, unless there is a contraindication which your technician has advised you otherwise. Realistic expectations and a desire to look better are all you need.

How do I maintain the results?

We recommend that you maintain your result with a Venus Freeze treatment once a month.

How does the Venus technology work?

Venus (MP)² works by incorporating Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Magnetic Pulsed Fields into one device and delivering it safely and effectively to the patient.

Skin tightening, wrinkle reduction and cellulite reduction occur because the multi-polar radio frequency causes a thermal response in the tissue which activates the body`s natural healing response. That healing response causes new collagen to form, new elastin fibers and the production of fibroblasts to increase. The existing collagen in the skin contracts (this causes the skin to look and feel firmer) and the elastin fibers unravel (which makes the skin more elastic).

Body contouring is achieved when the temperature of the skin is elevated, the body releases stress hormones. These hormones pass through the blood stream, and attach themselves to specific receptors on the membrane of the fat cell in the hypodermis (the deepest layer of the skin). The stress hormone, once attached to the receptor, activates the hormone sensitive lipase – the hormone that is in charge of breaking down triglycerides into free fatty acids. The free fatty acids exit the fat cell through the blood stream, and the volume of the fat cell is thus reduced giving you a smoother, more contoured shape.

Who are these treatments for?

Everyone who enjoys looking as young and good as they feel inside.

What makes Venus Freeze different from other treatments?

No pain, no downtime and reliable results.

How will I feel after a treatment?

Relaxed and the area will feel warm. Sometimes there is a slight pinkness to the skin. The warmth and pinkness will not last longer than an hour or two and most often has been described as as glow to the skin.

Are the results real?

Very real. We only use before and after photos of real patients with typical results.

What is it like to have a treatment?

As you lay comfortably on a treatment bed, the technician will apply a treatment gel to the skin. This lotion helps the applicator glide on the surface of your skin. The correct size applicator is selected and the treatment provider will then begin to apply smooth and consistent movements on the surface of the skin. This feels like a wonderful warm massage. We encourage our patients to close their eyes and take this time to just relax and enjoy the quiet and focused time for them.

What do I need to do to prepare before a treatment?


Is there any downtime? Can I do a treatment at lunch and return to work right away?

Absolutely! A treatment to one area takes less than 30 minutes.