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Understanding non-surgical liposuction

Is it possible to reduce fat volume and cellulite without surgery? This is a great question. In some ways, it’s hard to imagine how liposuction could be “non surgical” when most of us think of liposuction as an invasive procedure that sucks fat out of the body. But with today’s medical innovations, non-surgical liposuction is a reality. This is especially true with a procedure called VelaShape, which we proudly offer at Athenix. Here we’ll cover the basics of VelaShape non invasive liposuction so you can understand the process, benefits, and expectations. Then we’ll cover some frequently asked questions our patients often have.

Benefits of non-surgical liposuction

As with most procedures, a major benefit of non-surgical liposuction is the minimal downtime. So many of our patients are busy with jobs, raising kids, managing daily activities, and caring for others. It can be hard to commit to a procedure that may have days or weeks of downtime. Fortunately, the downtime for liposuction tends to be fairly short anyway, but even more exciting: the downtime for VelaShape non surgical liposuction is none for most patients. An immediate return to work or activities is the norm after most VelaShape treatments.

Expected results from non-surgical liposuction

Does VelaShape actually work? It’s a fair question to ask. If we’re not actually sucking fat out of your body on the day of your procedure, is it realistic to expect any notable results from these non-invasive liposuction procedures? The answer is yes. The reason VelaShape is successful is that the procedure makes targeted fat cells smaller. So while you will not get a reduction in the number of fat cells, you’ll get a reduction in size because the volume of fat will decrease.

Process of VelaShape

The VelaShape machine we use is an innovative fat-targeting device that combines infrared light and bi-polar radio frequency energy. We use these waves in combination with deep heat and massage with vacuum technology. These techniques work together to target both fat cells and their connective tissue. The way VelaShape works is by encouraging the growth of collagen and elastin, which are responsible for reducing fat volume, tightening skin, and smoothing texture. It is a very safe and natural treatment option.

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FAQs about non-surgical liposuction

How do I know if VelaShape is a good non-surgical liposuction option for me?

VelaShape can be a successful treatment option for a range of people. Here are the characteristics that indicate someone may be a good candidate for VelaShape.

  • Overall good health
  • BMI (Body Mass Index) under 30
  • Has mild to moderate levels of cellulite
  • Men and women are both good candidates for VelaShape

What is the downtime after VelaShape?

This non surgical liposuction has no downtime in most cases. Patients can return to work or their normal activities as soon as their VelaShape session is over.

How many VelaShape sessions will I need?

Many patients see results with just one VelaShape session, but in general we recommend a series of sessions. This series of treatments often results in progressively more reduction in fat and smoothing of the skin.

What areas of the body can you target with the VelaShape non surgical liposuction treatment?

The areas of the body we often treat with VelaShape include:

  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Flank (love handles)
  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
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How are non invasive liposuction results compared to surgical results?

VelaShape is a strong option for moderate reductions in volume and smoothing of cellulite. For people who are looking for larger amounts of fat removal, a surgical liposuction procedure may be a better option. If you are looking for tighter, more toned skin with a smoother texture, VelaShape can give similar results to more invasive options. Whether you would be better with surgical or non-surgical liposuction is a decision that can only be made on a case by case basis. If you come to Athenix for a consultation we will explain to you what type of results you can expect to see with each option.

What is VelaShape recovery like?

A major advantage of non surgical procedures like VelaShape, is you can generally expect a shorter and easier recovery than with a surgical procedure. VelaShape patients find their recovery is very quick. Most return to work or running errands right after the treatment is complete. VelaShape is truly a procedure that can be done on a break in your normal day. Some patients like to wait a day or so before vigorous exercise, but regular activities like walking, housework, or taking care of your kids should be fine. If we feel there are any limitations you should follow after your VelaShape procedure, we’ll be sure to explain those to you.

It is normal to have a pink look to your skin after VelaShape treatment, and most people find this only lasts a few hours. Some patients have mild, temporary bruising.

What does it feel like to get VelaShape? What is the pain level?

VelaShape is such a non-invasive liposuction option that you will not even need local anesthesia. There are no injections involved, and generally no need for pain medication after. You will have heat and massage techniques applied to the area being treated, while radiofrequency and infrared light target your unwanted fat cells.

This non-surgical liposuction procedure is very well tolerated and patients generally say they feel as though they’re getting a deep tissue massage, with heat. Our VelaShape treatments are highly customizable and we are able to adjust the treatment to ensure your comfort. Most patients do not report pain associated with this procedure.

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Can I do anything to improve my results from VelaShape?

There are a few ways you can help improve the results from this non-invasive liposuction:

  • Drink plenty of water. Hydration has been shown to improve results in some cases.
  • Eat well. Diets high in fiber, lean protein, and vegetables tend to help patients maintain a healthy weight and reduce excess fat.
  • Focus on fitness. Toning muscles and increased cardio activities can promote a lean, toned look.

Is non-surgical liposuction safe?

Yes. When performed by a trained and experienced physician and team, VelaShape is a very safe procedure. However, any cosmetic procedure performed by someone who is not qualified, can quickly become dangerous. Botched cosmetic procedures can result in pain, bruising, nerve damage, or scarring. At Athenix, all our treatments are performed by a very highly trained team.

VelaShape is a non-invasive procedure that is safe and effective. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to schedule a consultation or ask us questions about non-surgical liposuction.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 Your safety is our top priority.

To our valued patients,

I hope that you and your families have stayed healthy and well during this difficult time. We want to thank all of the essential workers that provided us with critical services during this period and also to all of you that remained at home preventing the further spread of the virus.

As we re-open our facilities our priority remains the safety and well being of our patients and staff. To that end, we have implemented a number of important safety measures at all of our facilities.

  1. All patients, staff, and caregivers will be screened via a questionnaire and temperature for Covid-19 symptoms at the front entrance.
  2. Only those individuals that pass the screening will be allowed into the facility.
  3. Patients can only bring 1 other person with them to the appointment.
  4. All patients (and caregivers) need to wear a mask while in the facility. Please bring a cloth or other mask with you to the appointment.
  5. Physical distancing will be in effect in the office waiting room and throughout the office.
  6. Once the physical distance capacity has been reached in the waiting room, patients will be asked to wait in their vehicles and will be called to come in at their appointment time.
  7. All surfaces in the office will be cleaned and disinfected at least on an hourly basis.
  8. All patient rooms will be cleaned and disinfected after each patient use.
  9. Caregivers waiting for patients after surgery will be asked to not wait in the facility.
  10. All staff will be wearing PPE in accordance with CDC guidelines.

We understand that these continue to be uncertain and difficult times however we remain committed to your health, well being, safety, and ensuring you the best outcome possible.

All Athenix Body Sculpting Institute locations are now open. However, as we continue to practice physical distancing, we are still available for virtual consultations at any of our locations. You can reach us by calling 1-888-276-1535 or email [email protected] to get scheduled.

We thank you for your continued support and trust in Athenix and look forward to seeing you soon.


Gavin M. Dry, M.D. Chief Medical Officer