VelaShape and VelaSmooth


VelaShape is a non-invasive, suction-coupled infrared and radio frequency (RF) energy bulk heating device that reduces fat, tightens the skin and contours the body.

Length of Procedure

30 minutes per treatment zone


$2,000 per treatment zone

Recovery time

No downtime

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SpaMedica Clinic, Yorkville, Toronto, ON


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Are You a Candidate?

If you are looking for a non surgical alternative to liposuction, then you could be a candidate for VelaShape treatment.

VelaShape is also effective in treating your skin if it has a puckered appearance at areas of fat accumulation (cellulite).


Avoidance of Aspirin or anti-inflammatories leading up to VelaShape treatment is advised.  Your treatment provider will explain risks and complications during your VelaShape consultation.

Procedure Details

What is VelaShape cellulite and fat reduction treatment?

VelaShape is a non-invasive, suction-coupled infrared and radio frequency (RF) energy bulk heating device.  VelaShape is one of the original radio frequency devices developed for skin tightening and body contouring and the non-invasive reduction of fat. Dr. Mulholland and SpaMedica Toronto were at the forefront of pioneering and developing this technology and this has led to the refinement and improvements in these non-invasive radio frequency bulk heating and fat contouring devices. The new VelaShape 3 is a top-of-the-line, bulk radio frequency soft tissue heating system for fat reduction, cellulite improvement and skin tightening.

Figure 1. VelaShape Toronto. VelaShape 2 device for non-surgical liposuction with fat reduction, cellulite improvement and skin tightening.

How does VelaShape Toronto work and how it performed?

VelaShape non-invasive applicator is applied to the contour area of concern. The soft tissue is treated with a high-frequency electrical current and suction-coupled infrared heat. The radio frequency energy and infrared heat raise the temperature in the skin and the fat. The increased temperature stimulates collagen and elastin, resulting in tightening of the skin and improvement in cellulite. Furthermore, the increased heat results in a reduction of the size of the fat cells and adipocytes. It is common to see a circumferential reduction of 3-4 cm following a series of 4-6 treatments, performed once a week. Each treatment takes approximately 30 minutes per zone and patients may return to normal activities immediately after each treatment.

Figure 2. The VelaShape mechanism of action is a suction coupled InfraRED energy which heats the skin to 42 degrees and is then sustained for at least 10 minutes per zone. The skin heating results in increased collagen, elastin and ground substances and skin tightening. The suction couple’s radio frequency energy heats up the subcutaneous fat cells and adipose tissue. This heat stimulates the metabolic break down of fat and, after a series of treatments there is a noticeable fat reduction and circumferential measurement reduction of 3-4 cm, on average.

What kind of anesthetic is used during a VelaShape non-surgical liposuction cellulite and fat reduction treatment?

As the non-invasive radio frequency devices are not painful, non-surgical liposuction Toronto and fat reduction patients requires no local or topical anesthetic for VelaShape or other bulk heating radio frequency devices.

How long does the VelaShape treatments and program take?

The VelaShape fat reduction treatment for each zone takes approximately 20 minutes. The treatment is required once a week for four to six weeks to optimize the outcome. The SpaMedica non-surgical liposuction fat reduction program, multiple non-invasive fat reduction devices will generally be deployed to optimize the permanent reduction of your fat. On average, each treatment will take between 20 and 30 minutes per zone and many patients will treat several zones at once. The most common zones treated include the lower abdomen and upper abdomen, hips, flanks, outer and inner thighs, inner knee and upper arm.

After Care Instructions

Any post treatment directions will be discussed during the initial consultation with your VelaShape expert.


Maintenance for radio frequency bulk heating treatments like VelaShape is only required to maintain the enhanced skin tightening and cellulite improvement. No maintenance is required for the fat contouring as those fat cells are pertinently dead. However, the skin tightening improvement will need maintenance to ensure long term skin enhancement as the treated skin will be subject to normal aging and a single, non-invasive radio frequency heating treatment once every three to four months to maintain skin thickening and tightness will be required.

Side Effects

Is the VelaShape cellulite and fat reduction treatment painful?

Non-invasive radio frequency treatments like the VelaShape are generally not painful and are well-tolerated. No local or topical anesthesia is required.

How long is the recovery following a VelaShape treatment and are there any VelaShape side effects?

In general, the VelaShape non-invasive radio frequency fat reduction device has no significant recovery period. There are some minor VelaShape side effects. The area of treatment can be red and edematous, or swollen, for several hours, but patients can return to activities of normal living immediately.


What kind of VelaShape results can I expect following my cellulite and fat reduction treatment?

The SpaMedica non-surgical liposuction and fat reduction program combines the best possible technologies proven to have the most efficacious permanent fat cell reduction outcomes, giving our patients the best results possible. Non-invasive radio frequency devices, such as the VelaShape are combined with high-frequency focused ultrasound fat reduction devices, like the UltraShape and Liposonix. This gives our patients the best of both types of procedures, delivering great fat reduction results while tightening and toning the skin in the treated area. Patients can expect, on average, between two and six centimeters circumferential reduction. In addition, noticeable skin tightening and cellulite smoothening and improvement is generally achieved. By combining radio frequency devices with high frequency focused ultrasound devices, both skin tightening and permanent fat reduction can be assured.

Figure 3. VelaShape Before and After. A VelaShape Toronto patient who received one treatment per week for 6 weeks to her abdomen. Note the combined effect of skin tightening and fat reduction.

How long will the VelaShape fat reduction and skin tightening results last?

The SpaMedica combined non-surgical liposuction fat reduction program is designed for the permanent reduction of fat and skin tightening. Those fat cells that are permanently destroyed will not return and therefore the body contouring results achieved will thereby be permanent, as long as patients have weight maintenance. Any weight gain will result in excess calories being stored both in the non-surgical liposuction zone as well as other areas and will compromise the aesthetic outcome.


The benefits of VelaShape Treatment are

  • It is a noninvasive, nonsurgical technique that tightens the body skin
  • Performed with no incisions, minimal discomfort and little to no downtime


VelaShape non-surgical liposuction and fat reduction program is priced by treatment of a area and that treatment price is generally one-third of the cost of traditional excisional liposuction in the same area. Combination treatments with permanent focal fat reduction generally cost approximately $2,000 per zone for the entire program and many patients have a second and third zone treated for even more significant reduction results. SpaMedica also offers patient financing to make this treatment possible and affordable to all.

Next Steps

To schedule a VelaShape treatment consultation, simply call us today. Alternatively you fill out and submit an online consultation request form and a SpaMedica customer service representative will promptly respond to schedule your VelapShape consultation so you can begin your high-tech non-surgical liposuction fat reduction treatment program.

About Us

Dr. Mulholland and SpaMedica have been at the forefront of the development of high-tech treatment devices for permanent fat reduction. By selecting Dr. Mulholland and SpaMedica, you will receive the best combination of permanent focal fat reduction technologies to achieve the best possible fat cell destruction, skin tightening and cellulite improvement results. In addition, SpaMedica and Dr. Mulholland allow their body contouring patients the opportunity to take a significant amount of their non-surgical liposuction fees and apply them against minimally-invasive liposuction treatments such as SmartLipo or BodyTite, that will further enhance their contour and shape.