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Derm News: 2007.25(9)

A study evaluating the safety and efficacy of the Velasmooth™ system in the treatment of cellulite

Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, 9(1):15-20
Neil Sadick, Cynthia Magro


Most cellulite treatments are limited in their effectiveness. A combination of radiofrequency energy, infrared light and mechanical manipulation of the skin and fat merits further examination.


Subjects were treated with a device combining these energies to evaluate its safety and efficacy.


Sixteen subjects with cellulite were treated twice weekly for 6 weeks with the VelaSmooth™ system. One thigh was treated while the other served as a control. Treatment efficacy was measured through circumferential measurements of both thighs and by having the investigator and an independent evaluator grade visual improvement during follow-up visits. Five patients provided blood specimens for assessment of lipid and hormone levels and liver function. Two subjects provided three biopsies each in order to monitor the level of estrogen and progesterone receptors.


The overall thigh circumference decreased in 71.87% of the treated legs. The mean decrease was 0.44 cm of the lower thigh and 0.53 cm of the upper thigh. There was significant visual improvement in cellulite and skin texture. At the final follow-up visit, 50% of subjects had greater than 25% improvement (good be very good).


This study showed positive results. Future studies employing higher energy levels and additional treatments will likely augment the results of the present study.

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