VASER® Shape combines the power of ultrasonic and massage therapy to temporarily smooth and firm the body by reducing the appearance of cellulite. The non-surgical procedure works by increasing blood flow in the treated areas to aid the body’s natural metabolic process. New Jersey plastic surgeon Christopher Godek, MD will often use the VASER® Shape procedure to reduce any pain and swelling following a surgical treatment such as liposuction.
Two Types of Non-Invasive Cellulite Reduction
VASER® Shape offers visible and non-surgical body contouring results in ultrasonic and massage therapy sessions performed weekly over a series of treatments. Dr. Godek performs two different VASER® techniques: ultrasound therapy and zonal lymphatic massage. Our plastic surgeon will help patients decide which approach will best meet their needs and help them achieve their desired cosmetic outcome.
Ultrasound Therapy with VASER® Shape
The VASER® Shape Ultrasound treatment utilizes two types of ultrasound energy to gently warm the fatty tissue and cellulite below the skin’s surface. The process of heating the fat cells breaks down the unwanted tissue and promotes the body’s natural cleansing process as the fat is metabolized and removed. Dr. Godek uses a special concave handpiece to perform the VASER® Shape treatment and target the fatty tissue without harming the surrounding skin. Patients have reported feeling a gentle warming of the skin, accompanied by a feeling similar to a deep tissue massage.
Zonal Lymphatic Massage with VASER® Shape
Due to the gentle and non-invasive nature of VASER® Shape, Dr. Godek uses the Zonal Lymphatic Massage technique after liposuction to encourage faster healing. He also recommends the Zonal lymphatic massage immediately following ultrasound treatments to further enhance cosmetic results. This vacuum-assisted massage helps the body open the lymph nodes, get rid of excess toxins and undesired fat, and increase the circulation of blood at the treatment area.
VASER® Shape Process
Dr. Godek typically recommends a number of treatments based on your body type following a conversation about the cosmetic outcome you’re hoping to achieve. He will typically suggest a combination of VASER® Shape Ultrasonic and Zonal Lymphatic massage based around the following schedule; however, each patient is unique and may require more or less treatment sessions for the desired results:
- One ultrasound and massage treatment per week (20–30 minutes per treatment area)
- One separate Zonal lymphatic massage session each week
- 3 to 5 weeks of repeated treatments to prolong results
Many patients notice significant improvement after the first session of combined treatment, which is the most important element of treatment for patients looking to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Following the procedure, most patients are able to resume normal activity without pain or downtime.
Ultrasound Diathermy with VASER® Shape
Ultrasound diathermy employs high-frequency sound waves to heat the fatty tissue beneath the skin. VASER® Shape allows Dr. Godek to apply this technology with a specially-designed handpiece that treats the undesired fat with two forms of ultrasound energy. Dr. Godek targets the tissue that is one to five centimeters below the skin’s surface by moving the handpiece back and forth over the treatment areas.
Heat produced by ultrasound diathermy creates a “micro-massage” effect on the fat cells. By warming the connective tissue, redistributing fat and encouraging blood circulation, VASER® Shape temporarily reduces the appearance of cellulite to slim and smooth your body shape.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are considering VASER® Shape, contact our practice today. We will explain the procedure, discuss the results you may be able to achieve, and answer any of your questions. We look forward to hearing from you.