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VelaShape III Body Contouring

Chao Plastic Surgery | Latham, NY

What causes cellulite?

There is no definite explanation for why cellulite occurs.  While it may be the result of an unhealthy lifestyle, there may be other causes, including genetics or hormonal changes.

What is VelaShape?

VelaShape is a powerful combination of in fared light and bi-polar radio frequency that is clinically proven to reduce circumference of a treatment area and the appearance of cellulite and result in smoother skin. Individual results and experience may vary.

What sort of results can I expect?

In clinical trials, the body contouring power of VelaShape led to a reduction of one whole dress size after treatment.  Of course, individual results and experience may vary from patient to patient. Following your treatment regimen, it is recommended that you periodically receive maintenance VelaShape treatments.  Like all techniques, invasive or non-invasive, results will last longer if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regimen. Individual results and experience may vary.

How quickly will I notice a change after VelaShape?

You will begin to notice gradual improvements of the treated area right away as your skin's surface starts to feel smoother and firmer.  Over time you will also notice a smaller circumference throughout the treated area as well as a reduction in the appearance of cellulite, and best results will be seen at about 10 weeks. Individual results and experience may vary.

Jerome D. Chao, MD FACS

13 Century Hill Drive

 Latham, NY 12110

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Non-Invasive Body Contouring

How many treatments will I need?

3-6 treatments are recommended for optimal results. Individual results and experience may vary.

How does VelaShape work?

VelaShape uses a combination of technologies:

  • A vacuum elevates the target tissue, bringing it closer to the energy source.
  • Infrared light (IR) directly heats the targeted area.
  • Bi-polar radio frequency (RF) energy safely guides heat evenly throughout the targeted area, so that it heats faster without damaging the skin.


These energies combine to deep-heat fat cells and the surrounding tissue.  The result is a smaller circumference and a reduction in the appearance of cellulite. Individual results and experience may vary.

Who should consider VelaShape?

The ideal UltraShape candidate can pinch an inch or so of fat around the waistline and has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less.  Patients seeking a non-invasive option for body contouring and cellulite reduction. Patient with cellulite who are stage 1 and 2 on the Nurnberger-Muller Cellulite Classification scale.


UltraShape may not be right for you if you:

  • Are pregnant or breast-feeding​
Are VelaShape treatments painful?

Most patients find VelaShape comfortable and describe the treatment as feeling like a warm deep-tissue massage.  The treatment parameters are easily adjusted to ensure a comfortable treatment experience.  It is normal to experience a warm sensation for a few hours after your treatment.  Some patients report a pinkish appearance at the treatment area that may last a few hours post treatment, and skin may appear pink for several hours. Individual results and experience may vary.

Is VelaShape safe?

The VelaShape treatment is safe and effective for all skin types and colors.  There are no reported short-term or long-term side effects.

Individual results and experience may vary.