About NS Cellulite Reduction
Anyone can have cellulite. No one is really "immune" from this dimply, fibrous tissue that develops under the skin. Unfortunately, there is really nothing you can do to prevent or erase cellulite on your own, which is found mostly around the stomach, hips, buttocks, and thighs, and creates a lumpy, dimpled appearance. Plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Leong in Upland, CA is delighted to offer VelaShape, a nonsurgical cellulite reduction treatment, to her patients. Cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, VelaShape can correct the appearance of cellulite using a vacuum technology plus a heating mechanism with infrared light and bipolar radiofrequency energy to gently heat fat cells and surrounding tissue. Over the course of your treatments at one of our locations, you will notice a reduction in both the circumference and in the appearance of cellulite in the treated areas. VelaShape releases the tissue and evens out the treatment area in less than a week. Years ago, cellulite was nearly impossible to eliminate, but now you can enjoy fabulous, visible results from your VelaShape treatments with Dr. Leong.
"I can't say enough about Dr. Leong! I have struggled with stubborn unwanted fat around my middle section for years. Regardless of diet and exercise, I always seemed to have a muffin top that left me feeling insecure and uncomfortable. It only took one short meeting with Dr. Leong for me to finally feel confident with having her shape by middle through Liposuction and Thermage. I was previously very reluctant, but after meeting with her, I felt excited and ready. Dr. Leong's honest and straightforward, yet kind and pleasant approach put me right at ease. The proceedure itself went very smooth and Dr. Leong and her staff were helpful and available every step of the way. It has now been six months since my procedure and I am totally blown away with my results. They exceeded every possible expectation and I truly could not be happier!!"- S.K. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2018
"Lower face and neck lift - I’ve done every injectable from Botox to Sculptra and I wanted a more permanent fix to my aging face and neck. I had heard about Dr. Leong through a friend and I decided to make a consultation. When I met Dr. Leong I had my doubts about what this seemingly young doc could do for my 70+ year old face. How could she know what a woman my age needed? As we began to discuss my areas of c..."- E. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2018
"Highly Recomended!! - My experience with my surgery with Dr Leona and her team was exceptional! Beautiful office, very informative, always caring about me, beautiful job on my eyes with great follow up to make sure healing was progressing. I highly recommend Dr Leong for any procedure that you may want or need! You'll be in wonderful hands with Dr Leong and her team!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 12, 2018
"Five Star Experience! - I have seen Dr. Leong for both medical and cosmetic visits. Her personality is very down to earth but precise which made me feel very comfortable going to her for multiple issues. I first saw Dr. Leong for a few minor skin tags, moles and cherry angiomas that were all over my body which I didn't like esthetically. She removed them with simplicity, quickness and I felt absolutely no pain. She..."- J. / RealSelf / Mar 11, 2018
"What a difference a great physician makes! - A year ago, I had the pleasure of consulting with Dr. Karen Leong for a minor lip asymmetry correction and augmentation. Always the professional, she listened to my concerns and clearly explained my options to get the results I was looking for. Dr. Leong made me feel completely comfortable and injected my lips to my complete satisfaction. Completely natural looking, and symmetrical. ..."- I. / RealSelf / Feb 24, 2018
VelaShape provides great results with little risk for most men and women. However, you may not qualify if you have diabetes, varicose veins, an infection, or loose skin. Those taking blood thinners or who are pregnant should not have VelaShape treatments. Ideal candidates for VelaShape:
- Are at a stable, maintainable weight
- Have a BMI in a healthy range
- Have cellulite in their stomach, hips, or legs
- Have toned skin
To truly find out if you are a candidate, we ask that you have a consultation with Dr. Leong to see if this treatment is appropriate for you.
We will invite you back to one of our procedure rooms to perform your VelaShape session. After the areas of cellulite are identified that you want to treat, the VelaShape can begin. With a handheld device, the VelaShape will be placed on your skin for a manipulation with vacuum suction, massage, and heat. We will do our best to make sure the session is as comfortable as possible. The fibrous bands that cause cellulite will be separated, allowing the reshaped area to relax. This leaves behind smoother skin. The procedure can typically be completed in less than an hour. Most patients find VelaShape enjoyable and describe the treatment as feeling like a warm deep-tissue massage, and the treatment parameters are easily adjusted to ensure a pleasant experience. It is normal to experience a warm sensation for a few hours after your treatment. Some patients report a pinkish appearance to the skin that may last a few hours post-VelaShape treatment.
What to Expect
Dr. Leong will ask that you wear a compression garment after your VelaShape treatment to help your body with recovery and faster results. You should not return to normal, vigorous activities until released to do so by Dr. Leong. You may also find that you have some slight swelling, tenderness, and/or bruises on the treated skin for a few days. If you have any questions after your appointment or would like to address a concern. Please contact our office for further assistance. If your treatment plan includes multiple sessions, you will need to be consistent in coming to those appointments for best results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does nonsurgical cellulite reduction cost?
VelaShape is priced out per each treatment location. If you have multiple areas or large areas of skin that need treatment, the price will be significantly higher. Also, it may take a series of VelaShape sessions to get the results you want. This will all be discussed with you in great detail at your consultation with Dr. Leong.
Will these changes in my cellulite be permanent?
At this time, all nonsurgical cellulite reduction treatments are temporary. However, the good news is that with regular VelaShape maintenance sessions, you can keep your skin looking smooth for longer periods of time. While there is no cure for cellulite, our VelaShape sessions are a great alternative to helping your skin look amazing with less dimpled flesh that usually appears on the thighs, hips, butt, and stomach.
Can men have cellulite?
While cellulite is more common in women, it can also be found in men. The cause of cellulite is still unclear, but many doctors think it is fat swollen with toxins that create ripples on the surface of the skin, which may be caused by genetics, thin skin, and aging. Cellulite can be found on thin and overweight bodies, and while it is not considered a serious medical condition, it is considered undesirable and unattractive. Men and women can both be treated with VelaShape if deemed appropriate.
How long are the treatments?
Again, the size and number of areas you want to be treated by the VelaShape technology, the longer your appointment will be. We will book your time according to your treatment plan.
Do you have any recovery tips?
Wearing a compression garment for a few weeks after VelaShape will help your body recover faster. Not following Dr. Leong's orders on avoiding physical exercise for 1 – 2 weeks may delay your progress.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $450
- Recovery Time
- No Downtime
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In Office
Reduce Your Cellulite
When you have visible cellulite in one or many areas on your body, it can decrease your self-confidence and detract from your natural beauty. Our aesthetic team has helped thousands of patients with cellulite by improving their trouble spots with the VelaShape technology in our Upland, CA office. The nonsurgical cellulite reduction treatments that Dr. Leong provides can have your skin looking and feeling smoother than ever before. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Leong today to begin your journey to less cellulite.