What is SmoothShapes?
SmoothShapes is approved by the FDA as a cosmetic procedure most commonly used to improve the appearance of dimpled skin and cellulite and to tighten skin. This treatment is sometimes used after lipoplasty procedures, such as SmoothLipo, to reduce sagging skin and for additional body contouring.
How does SmoothShapes work?
SmoothShapes combines laser and light energy with a vacuum massage component and patented rollers providing mechanical manipulation. This combination effectively increases circulation, collagen production and lymphatic drainage, which assists in improving the skin’s overall tone and texture. There are two lasers used during the treatment, one of which increases the permeability of subcutaneous fat cells and one that liquefies lipids inside these fat cells. The vacuum massage and rollers promote elimination of the liquefied lipids by encouraging lymphatic drainage.
This process allows the subcutaneous fat cells to shrink to a normal size, while the increased collagen production assists in repairing brittle structures that are part of the cause of dimpled skin.
What makes SmoothShapes different from other cellulite treatments?
• Safe, effective and convenient
• Painless, warming massage experience during treatment
• Maintenance sessions are not needed for four to eight months after treatment
• No known lasting side effects or serious risks
• Patients immediately return to normal activities with no downtime
Who should consider SmoothShapes?
Healthy patients who are not pregnant and do not have a condition that could be complicated by increased lymphatic drainage, such as certain types of asthma or congestive heart failure, are good candidates for SmoothShapes.
How is the procedure performed?
SmoothShapes if performed by a physician or spa professional in an outpatient setting and with no need for anesthesia or topical numbing agents. During the treatment session, the patient lies comfortably on a treatment table as the practitioner moves the SmoothShapes apparatus over the treatment area delivering laser and light energy and vacuum massage simultaneously. Each session will generally last approximately 50 minutes and requires no recovery time or restrictions on activity.
What is the recovery like?
SmoothShapes is a comfortable, gentle treatment procedure that does not require a recovery period. In the rare instances where a patient does experience discomfort, ice packs and over the counter pain medication can be used.
Will I see results right away?
A gradual reduction in the appearance of cellulite and tightening of the skin in the treatment area are noticeable throughout the standard eight-session treatment series. The resulting improvements are considered long-lasting, although temporary, meaning that most patients will need maintenance sessions starting between four and eight months after receiving the initial SmoothShapes treatment series. Some patients report that their results last up to one year before needing maintenance sessions.
Are there any risks associated with SmoothShapes?
There are no known serious risks involved for healthy patients who receive SmoothShapes treatments. In some cases, patients may find that the treatment area is red or warm following a session; however these minimal side effects generally subside in under an hour.
Is the SmoothShapes procedure approved for use in the U.S.?
Yes, SmoothShapes is approved by the FDA for use in the United States.
Will my insurance company cover SmoothShapes?
In most cases, insurance companies will not cover cosmetic procedures that are not medically necessary. SmoothShapes treatments are generally not considered medically necessary; therefore, patients who are not able to pay for the procedure at the time of treatment may want to consider financing options or in-house payment plans offered by some providers.
How much does SmoothShapes cost?
Several factors determine the cost of SmoothShapes, including your individual practitioner’s fees and geographical region. On average, a series of 8 to 12 SmoothShapes sessions will cost between $2,000 and $4,000, but contact your provider to determine your particular costs.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By AntiAging.org Staff
Updated: August 21, 2009