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Cellulite Treatments and Solutions

Thanks to advances in medical technology, cellulite treatments and solutions have never been better. Treatments like VelaSmooth and Thermage minimize the appearance of cellulite, reduce thigh circumference, improve skin irregularities, and give skin a smooth, healthy look.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is dimpling of the skin on the hips, arms, thighs, buttocks, or abdomen. According to the Mayo Clinic, it happens in many women because fibrous cords of connective tissue tether the skin to the underlying muscle. The fat is in between, and as fat cells accumulate, they push against the skin while the cords of connective tissue pull down to cause dimpling. Cellulite becomes more common with aging, weight gain, and inactivity. It also tends to run in families. Anyone can get it, no matter how healthy they are.


VelaSmooth is an FDA-approved, noninvasive treatment for the cosmetic reduction of cellulite that uses a machine with a handheld piece. It features the revolutionary elos, or electrical-optical synergy, combination of bi-polar radio frequency or RF energy, negative pressure, vacuum suction, heating through infrared light, and massage from mechanical rollers to stimulate blood circulation in the treated area and smooth out the skin. This combined action increases the oxygen in the cells and massages the hypodermis, the deepest layer of the skin, to drain fluids from the body’s lymphatic system. The heat from the infrared laser and the bi-polar RF energy shrinks fat cells, reducing their volume and their dimpled appearance after a few treatment sessions. VelaSmooth works well for all skin types and skin colors. It can also improve circulation and reduce muscle aches and pains.

A full VelaSmooth regimen consists of two 45 to 60 minute treatments per week for six to eight weeks. You should see results after your third week, and monthly maintenance treatments after the end of your initial treatment plan will provide long lasting results. The treatments are completely painless, and they feel like a warm deep tissue massage. The treated area might feel warm and look flushed or pink from the heat afterwards, but most VelaSmooth patients can resume their normal activities right away.

The Body Shape by Thermage

Thermage works in just one treatment with only a little down time and a natural looking result. It is a proven, unique radio frequency treatment that can improve the appearance of sagging or loose skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. The Body Shape by Thermage is used to help body contouring of the stomach, buttocks, and thighs. This treatment is great for people who have tried diet, exercise, or other cellulite treatments without success but want to avoid surgery or liposuction. Over a million men and women have used it.

The surface of the skin is protected with a cooling spray while the special ThermaTip treatment tip heats the subcutaneous layer of the skin, also called the dermis, to promote increased collagen growth, firmness, and deep contouring. Thermage can also increase blood flow and reduce the appearance of lines. Treatments require an anesthetic cream or nerve block, but they don’t damage the surface of the skin. You can also resume normal activities the same day. The effects can last from 6 months to 2 years, and any minor side effects like redness or swelling will heal in a few weeks.

Visit Dr. Parvin Mani of the San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic for a free consultation and more information about a wide variety of beauty and skin care solutions, including Eyes by Thermage, Lips by Thermage, Hands by Thermage, Fraxel laser therapy, Sculptra, and more. Dr. Mani performs all treatments and consultations herself, with the help of her courteous, knowledgeable staff. She’s one of the leading skin care and medical providers in San Diego.