The Science behind Velashape III


No one wants their skin to look like an orange peel. But cellulite — a condition where the skin’s surface takes on a dimpled texture that is often compared to a citrus fruit peel — is shockingly common. According to the National Institute of Health, an estimated 85 to 98 percent of women suffer from this undesirable condition.

Cellulite is caused primarily from enlarged subcutaneous fat cells pushing up against tightened elastin fibers, ultimately producing a textured effect along the hypodermis zone. While it impacts a significant number of people, there are varying degrees of cellulite severity. Medical professionals developed the Nurnberger-Muller Cellulite Classification Scale (below) to more easily quantify the different levels of cellulite-related affliction.


Stage 1
  • NO dimpling while the patient is standing or lying down, but the pinch test reveals the “orange peel” appearance.
Stage 2
  • “Orange peel” dimpling appears spontaneously when standing up, but NOT when lying down.
Stage 3
  • “Orange peel” dimpling appears spontaneously both when standing up AND lying down.



Diet and exercise alone often cannot eliminate cellulite. Thankfully, scientists and medical professionals have partnered to develop new technologies that can more effectively combat this pervasive blemish. VelaShape III is a vacuum-based device that uses infrared light and bi-polar radio frequency energies to heat the fat cells and dermal collagen fibers resting below the epidermis of the area being treated. The VelaShape III treatment promotes elastin and collagen growth which, in turn, smoothes and tightens the skin structures. It can also reduce the overall body volume of the treated area produce more desirable body contours.


The VelaShape III treatment is fast, gentle, and non-invasive. Treatment sessions typically take between 30 to 60 minutes, and there is little to no discomfort or recovery time associated with the procedure. Many patients note that it has massage-like qualities, and physicians can easily adjust the parameters of the VelaShape III treatment if a patient is experiencing discomfort in the moment. Some patients may experience a warm sensation and lingering pinkish color on the skin in the hours following the procedure, but there are no other major recovery-related complications beyond that.

Preparation for VelaShape III shares a favorable level of ease that is similar to the undemanding nature of the procedure and post-treatment recovery. In order to attain the maximum effects, patients should consider increasing their water intake during the days leading up to the procedure. VelaShape III clinicians also frequently recommend that they exfoliate and shave the designated area prior to treatment. An ideal candidate for VelaShape III treatment has not yet progressed to Stage 3 on the Nurnberger-Muller Cellulite Classification Scale and has a body mass index lower than 30. Ultimately, this non-surgical body sculpting treatment is a great option for anyone who fits that criteria and is looking for a safe, easy way to achieve circumferential reduction and eliminate cellulite.

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