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VaserShape Device Contours Body Without Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 24, 2010

Sound Surgical Technologies, the company behind Vaser Liposelection the Vaser ultrasound device, has developed the VaserShape system, a non-surgical device that helps reduce cellulite and inches in certain areas of the body. The VaserShape device is a non-invasive body contouring system powered by ultrasonic laser. The device is designed to disrupt fat cells beneath the skin by delivering ultrasound energy deep into the skin’s tissues.

Unlike other cellulite reduction systems, the VaserShape procedure uses two ultrasound heads positioned next to each other, and the ultrasound energy penetrates deep into the skin tissues to disrupt the fat cells. The power setting is low enough to cause minimal damage to the skin tissues, and most people see results right away.

Most patients will need to undergo at least five to seven treatments in order to see significant results, and many will require maintenance treatments every few weeks. Each treatment session is about 30 minutes long, and can be performed once per week. The VaserShape device is designed for those who are of average weight, but can be effective for those who are slightly overweight and are following a weight loss plan.

The painless procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and there is no downtime involved. Patients can resume regular activities immediately after the procedure, and for many, it feels like a deep tissue, soothing massage. As of August 2010, the VaserShape treatment costs approximately $500 per treatment, and some doctors are offering discounts on treatment packages. Most packages cost between $2,500 to $4,000 depending on the number of sessions required and the doctor performing the procedure.

VaserShape offers a convenient, non-surgical alternative to liposuction and invasive cellulite removal treatments, and may soon be available at many medical spas, cosmetic surgery centers and plastic surgery offices around the country.

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Genetic Test Helps Predict Cellulite Formation

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 22, 2010

As swimsuit season approaches, many women are self-conscious about cellulite and unsightly bulges. While cellulite generally does not disappear on its own, there are a number of body shaping and cellulite reduction treatments available at medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the country. Doctors point out that lifestyle changes and dietary habits are often necessary to prevent cellulite from occurring in the first place, and researchers now claim that they have developed a test that can predict cellulite formation.

DermaGenoma, Inc., has released the CelluliteDX Genetic Test for Moderate to Severe Cellulite (gynoid lipodystrophy) which can help doctors predict if a patient is at a high risk for developing Nurnberger-Muller grade 2 or greater cellulite. Results of this test will allow the doctor to develop an effective plan to reduce the appearance of cellulite, or prevent additional cellulite from forming. The cellulite treatment plan may include therapy, lifestyle changes, and changes in medication choices, such as avoiding hormone replacement therapy or birth control for a certain period of time. In some cases, laser therapy can help improve the texture and tone of the skin, and also slow down or stop the development of severe cellulite.

Dr. Enzo Emanuele, MD, Research fellow at the University of Pavaia, Italy, points out “Even though cellulite affects a large percentage of women, very few scientific studies have attempted to understand the underlying molecular and physiological basis. Our study of cellulite is a breakthrough in the understanding of the cause of cellulite, and ushers an era of new potential therapies for cellulite.” (Source:

The CelluliteDX system determines the presence or absence of a certain gene which predisposes the individual to developing cellulite. A positive testing means that the individual has a 70% chance of developing moderate to severe cellulite during their lifetime.

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Researchers Prove Benefits of SpaCapsule for Cellulite Reduction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 19, 2010

The SpaCapsule massage and relaxation station is a hydrotherapy and hydromassage unit designed to reduce stress and improve circulation throughout the body. It is currently available at many medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers across the country, and is often used as a complement to some types of body contouring treatments and procedures.

The capsule allows the individual to lie down in a comfortable, enclosed unit and enjoy a mechanical massage. Some sessions include the release of aromatherapy oils. Now, the company behind SpaCapsule reports that sessions may also offer some anti-cellulite and weight loss benefits.

Dermscan Group is currently running clinical trials on weight loss and cellulite reduction after a SpaCapsule session. According to Dr. Ella Frankel, Chairman and CEO of Simulated Environment Concepts, makers of the SpaCapsule, “We created the SpaCapsule with the intent to aid in weight-loss and cellulite treatment…and with hundreds of machines having been quietly sold over the past nine years, we’ve collected sufficient evidence to document the cellulite reduction and weight loss benefits of our SpaCapsule. However, we’re at the stage where we would rather have a reputable third party like the Dermscan Group verify our assertions, adding transparency.”

The SpaCapsule delivers a customized Oxygenated Hydro-Massage treatment which activates the tissues and increasers circulation. In some people, the pressure from the pulsating water jets are enough to strengthen and tone the body, and increase blood flow. The system may also be effective for boosting collagen and elastin production, which can create a shapelier, more toned body.

The SpaCapsule is currently available at several hotels and resorts, health and fitness centers, spas, salons, medical spas and some tanning salons. Each session can be customized to include aromatherapy, audio and video sessions, and deep massage and target various areas of the body during each treatment.

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Cellulite Reduction Products Featured on Rachel Ray Show

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 25, 2010

Cellulite affects more than 90% of women of all sizes and body weights, and physicians believe that women get cellulite when the connective tissue of the skin forms a net around fatty tissue, creating a ‘lumpy’ appearance on the surface of the skin.

There are now several cosmetic procedures on the market that promise to help reduce the appearance of cellulite and can even help take off a few inches. Procedures including VelaShape, VelaSmooth and Thermage skin tightening treatments may help some women achieve a shapelier, slimmer appearance.

A Rachael Ray Show segment that ran in early March revealed three over-the-counter cellulite reduction treatments that promise to diminish the look of cellulite and improve the texture and tone of the skin. The show featured the Nutra Luxe Infrared Body Shaping Massager Lipo Reduction Set, the Totally You Seaweed Body Wrap Kit, and the Solidea MicroMassage Magic Pantie, a textured hosiery shaper that promises to increase circulation and tone up the skin.

While these products sound promising, experts recommend undergoing a cosmetic procedure that uses radio-freuqency energy and vacuum manipulation to help tighten and tone up the skin. One of the latest devices is the Reaction by Viora, a handheld device that increases circulation and strengthens skin tissues using radio frequency energy. VelaShape works in a similar way, and may help to stimulate collagen growth while tightening and toning the skin.

Most people need to undergo a series of six to eight treatments in order to achieve results, and the procedures feel like a warm, deep tissue massage. VelaShape, VelaSmooth, Thermage and the Reaction by Viora system are available at many medical spas, aesthetic surgery centers and cosmetic surgery centers around the United States, and cost between $200 to $500+ per treatment session. Some medical professionals do offer a discount when the individual purchases a package of products.

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Reaction Body Contouring Device Receives Health Canada Certification

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 26, 2010

Today’s innovative cellulite treatments include procedures such as VelaSmooth and Endermologie, but these treatments typically don’t provide permanent results.

A new device that makes use of radiofrequency energy may soon become available at more medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the United States, and promises exceptional results with its innovative vacuum therapy and radiofrequency system.

The Viora Reaction device is a brand new cellulite treatment system that has recently received Health Canada certification. The device is designed with a CORE technology that delivers a combination of vacuum therapy and variable radiofrequency energy into the skin tissues, increasing blood circulation to the problem area and helping to break down stubborn fatty deposits that cause cellulite.

According to Viora’s CEO Josef Luzon, “We are confident in the Reaction’s ability to bring a true revolution in body contouring treatments and we are witness to incredible results every day.”

Patients who underwent the testing phase for the Viora Reaction system reported an 81 percent improvement in skin laxity and wrinkles, and a 55 percent improvement in the appearance of cellulite.

The procedure is non-invasive and most patients can expect to see results after just a single treatment. However, a series of treatments is recommended, as the skin can resume its original state within a few weeks without further intervention. The Viora Reaction device can be used on several different areas of the body including the legs, stomach, buttocks, face, hips and thighs. Most patients need to undergo at least six to eight sessions that last about 20 to 30 minutes each in order to see results.

The device has received FDA clearance in the United States, but is currently only available at select medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the country. In addition to undergoing regular treatments, the patient needs to eat a healthy diet and maintain a consistent exercise regimen.

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Fat Transplantation May Reduce Cellulite

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 30, 2009

celluliteWomen of all ages continue to wage war against cellulite. The unsightly bulges and dimpled skin that results from trapped fat cells under the skin’s surface can prevent even the leanest woman from achieving a sculpted and toned appearance.

Since diet and exercise rarely eliminate the problem, surgery or cellulite treatments may be the only effective way to lose the cellulite for good.

The December 2008 issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal recently reported on an innovative ‘combo’ treatment that involves laser energy and fat transplantation for reshaping the body and reducing cellulite.  The technique can be used on several problem areas including the buttocks, thighs, hips and stomach.

The procedure involves heating up the skin with a laser device to trigger collagen production, the essential compound that helps preserve skin elasticity and naturally tightens up the skin.  For this study, the Nd: YAG laser was used so that the tissues could begin contracting and collagen production could occur at a rapid pace.  After the laser treatment, the surgeon would fill in the depressed areas of the skin with the patient’s own body fat; this helped create a smooth, sculpted appearance and virtually eliminated the appearance of cellulite.

The Aesthetic Surgery Journal is published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and this combination procedure was listed as one of several ‘proven’ procedures for treating cellulite. Results of the study indicate that nearly 85% of patients enjoyed ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ results up to three years after the initial procedure.

Other popular cellulite treatments currently available in the United States include the Velasmooth non-invasive procedure, lower body lift surgery, endermologie and injection lipolysis.

The combination treatment is designed only for cases of severe cellulite, and is not necessarily a vanity procedure like Velasmooth and other non-invasive treatments.  The YAG laser does have its risks and drawbacks, and may not be suitable for all skin types.  Still, fat injections can make a significant difference in the outcome of the cellulite procedure.

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Beauty Report Encourages Eating Low Acid Foods to Combat Cellulite

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 15, 2008

alkalineGetting rid of cellulite is no easy affair for the thousands of women that have unsightly patches of cellulite on their thighs, hips and buttocks. Cellulite reduction treatments claim to break down the fatty tissue accumulation in these problem areas and improve circulation so that the body can stop storing fat and get rid of the toxins and waste tissues naturally. However, some experts say that the risk factor of developing cellulite increases with an inadequate diet.

According to Professional Beauty of the UK, cellulite can be the result of ongoing hormonal fluctuations where the body retains excess amounts of water and accumulates body fat on a regular basis. Many hormonal fluctuations related to pregnancy, the monthly menstrual cycle and even the shifts that occur while taking oral contraceptives can lead to the accumulation of toxic waste products in the body which can become ‘stuck’ in the tissues. Over time, this can lead to a number of side effects including tissue swelling and inflammation, but this process may also be the underlying cause of cellulite.

A recent report issued by Professional Beauty points out the importance of drinking water regularly to flush out toxins naturally and to eat a natural or whole-foods based diet that support the overall health of the body. Eating low alkaline and low acid foods is especially important for maintaining a healthy pH balance and metabolism.

The report lists a number of low-acid foods that need to be incorporated into every diet in order to reduce the risk of cellulite. Fruits and vegetables such as brussel sprouts, cauliflower, tangerines, tomatoes, raw celery, molasses, millet, green beans, cucumber and blackberries are considered to be ‘alkaline ash foods’ and may help control the amount of acid the body produces during the digestive process.

In addition to modifying the diet, the report encourages body brushing to stimulate the circulation and soaking in a mineral-rich salt bath at least once per week.


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LypoSlim Promises to Shed Inches Without Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 24, 2008

While millions of women continue to pursue liposuction and body contouring treatments to get rid of excess body fat and tighten up the skin, many turn to non-invasive spa treatments such as body wraps to lose inches after just one session.

Body wraps are typically made with ingredients that boost circulation and tighten up the skin, and may help create a smoother, sculpted appearance. Treatments include clay, mineral and herbal extracts applied to the skin so that the body can begin releasing toxins naturally.

The makers of the LyopSlim Body Wrap claim that their clients lose several inches – up to 9 inches – after just one session.  The LypoSlim Body Wrap is made with botanical ingredients including chickweed, papaya, green tea and crocus flower and works by increasing circulation and reducing  water retention in the body.

The LypoSlim Body Wrap is different than standard clay and herbal body treatments available at the spa because it involves a heat-wrapping step.  Most body wraps at the spa that promise to reduce the appearance of cellulite or get rid of excess water weight simply increase circulation so that the patient can sweat out toxins through the pores.

However, the LypoSlim body wrap involves soaking strips of cotton towels in the mixture, heating up the towel and then wrapping the solution around the patient before covering them with micron foil.  This generates a significant amount of heat in just 40 minutes, resulting in a deeper detoxification process and rapid loss of excess water weight.

The concentrated formula and treatment is now appearing at medical spas and day spas across the country, and may be a valuable alternative to surgery for many. Results may be further improved with non-invasive body contouring treatments such as VelaShape and Thermage which help to tighten and tone loose skin in the long-term.

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Chocolate a Sweet Solution for Cellulite Reduction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 8, 2008

chocolateMany medical spas and aesthetic surgery centers offer cellulite body wraps made with chocolate extracts and coffee grounds, as these promote circulation and help smooth out the skin.  Chocolate body wraps can help tighten and tone up the skin, and revive tired or aging skin that may be prone to developing cellulite.

Now, some experts are hailing the benefits of chocolate and clay body wraps to spot-treat cellulite and give the skin a more youthful appearance and encouraging people to eat more chocolate to stay healthy.

Chocolate clay body wraps are designed to be a decadent treat for the skin, and work by drawing out toxins from the body and increasing circulation.  This helps the body become tighter, firmer and may even result in several inches lost. The typical wrap treatment involves covering the body in a rich clay ‘mask’ and then wrapping cotton and elastic bandages around the skin for maximum absorption.  A sauna suit can then be worn to heat up the body and increase circulation.  After 45 minutes to an hour, the body will begin releasing toxins which then results in tighter, firmer skin.

The effects of a wrap help to break down fat and increase the metabolism – these are essential for smoothing out cellulite and releasing the trapped fat cells so that the skin takes on a firmer, tighter and more youthful appearance.

Body wrap treatments made with a chocolate base offer several benefits for women who are looking for a quick and affordable way to lose a few inches. Many are combined with caffeine, peppermint and other ingredients that stimulate the skin and increase circulation.

Dr. Robert Rey, otherwise known as ‘Dr. 90210’ points out that chocolate can be a healthy substitute for caffeine and soda, allowing women to get their ‘fix’ without experiencing bloating and water retention.  Healthy chocolate choices include dark chocolate and herb-infused chocolates that are full of antioxidants; these can help the skin maintain a supple appearance and may even help reduce the risk of developing cellulite.

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Are Cellulite Treatments Too Good to Be True?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 7, 2008

If you’ve thought about getting rid of cellulite with some of today’s non-invasive procedures, you may already have stumbled across the VelaSmooth system, SmartLipo and other highly-advertised procedures on the market.

Getting rid of cellulite without surgery has been deemed possible by many medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers, procedures that promise to ‘melt’ fat cells, recontour the body and improve the skin’s appearance.  Some of these treatments promote a proven ‘circumferential reduction’ – not necessarily blasting away fat cells – while others are designed to boost circulation and increase collagen production so that the skin appears healthier and more toned.

Critics of these treatments suggest that the cellulite reduction plan is just a hoax.  The Wall Street Journal highlights Dr. Robert A. Weiss’s response to the cellulite trends, indicating that fancy massagers and ‘cellulite-fighting’ treatments do nothing for melting the fat cells or getting rid of cellulite.

Still, industry researchers report that demand for these procedures will exceed $200 million by 2012, and consumers continue to flock to medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers for the latest cellulite fix.

Eleme Medical, the maker of SmoothShapes cellulite treatments explains how the procedure works in this brief video:

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