Arbutus Laser


A global, comprehensive approach is key to achieving desired outcomes.

Body Contouring


At Arbutus Laser we understand that no two bodies are the same, and that everyone’s concerns and goals are unique. Through a combination of state-of-the-art technologies and customized treatment plans, we strive to achieve natural and transformative results. With our patient-centered approach, we empower our clients to embrace their uniqueness and feel confident in their skin.

The VelaShape® treatment is designed to reduce the appearance of cellulite, tighten skin & stimulate the formation of new collagen without surgery or downtime.

We introduced the first VelaShape® device to British Columbia in 2006. The new VelaShape® III is the latest Vela device manufactured by Syneron Candela. Our skilled technicians have years of expertise in this arena and are here to educate you on non-invasive body contouring and what it can do for you.

When you choose Arbutus Laser for your body contouring treatments, you can trust that you are in the hands of experienced professionals dedicated to helping you achieve your desired body goals.

“The ultimate synergy of cellulite reduction and body contouring technology.”

If it's a concern for you,
it's one for us.



The VelaShape® III combines infrared light, bi-polar radio frequency energy and pulse mechanical vacuum. During this treatment, we are causing deep heating to dermal collagen fibers and fat cells to shrink and break them down. This treatment works to stimulate collagen fibers, improving skin texture, reducing the appearance of cellulite and facilitating circumferential reduction.

Treatments are non-invasive and most people find it comfortable.

Treatment areas & benefits include:



Velashape- Buttocks and back of thighs



Velashape - Buttocks


45 – 120 minutes depending on extent of area(s) treated.


Minimal to none. Generally no more than 1-2 days of mild swelling and tenderness. Minor bruising is possible.


Improvement may be noted immediately and will continue to improve up to 10 weeks post treatment.


Treatments are generally performed every 7- 10 days . Maintenance sessions every 1-3 months depending on the individual’s response and desired goal.


None to Minimal, like deep tissue massage

OUR APPROACH to VelaShape®

Several treatments (approximately 4-6) are usually required to achieve the desired baseline improvement and maintenance sessions are recommended to maintain results. Less noticeable type 1 cellulite will need less therapy, more noticeable dimpling as with type 3, will require more intensive treatment.


Hydrating prior and post treatment is highly recommended. Refrain from excessive heat for 48 hrs post treatment (sauna, hot bath, infrared, etc.)


Pricing for the Velashape® will depend on the size of the treatment areas. Abdomen, buttocks and thighs may be combined, or quoted separately. Pricing will typically range from $500-$800 per session and up.


As each patient is quoted and treated individually, a complimentary Body Contouring consultation with one of our experts will provide more information on the expected number of treatments and cost per session that are likely to achieve your desired outcome. Arbutus Laser offers several types of body contouring treatments, which expands our ability to use combination solutions and cater to individual goals. Our team is here to help you determine the best options for your unique body.

Have more questions?

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Q: Does VelaShape® lll tighten skin?

A: Velashape® III mainly reduces and improves the appearance of cellulite. While it can help tighten the skin, the severity of the skin laxity is determined at the time of consultation if VelaShape® will be the most effective solution.

Q: Can I exercise after Velashape® lll?

A: Following your VelaShape® III session, you are free to resume regular activities. We generally recommend mild exercise post procedure to assist the lymphatic system in metabolizing the fat released. Any residual soreness you feel should be over within 48 to 72 hours.

Q: Is Velashape® lll permanent?

A: VelaShape® treatments can be long-lasting and maintainable with regular treatments. We recommend 1-2 maintenance treatments every 2-3 months to maintain your results. Unfortunately, there is currently no permanent cellulite reduction treatment.

Q: Does Velashape® lll help with weight loss?

A: Velashape® is ideal for reducing cellulite, but not intended for weight reduction. Velashape® is however also FDA approved for circumferential reduction so you may see your clothes fit better after the treatment.

Q: What is the cost of this procedure?

A: VelaShape® typically costs $500 to $800 per treatment per body area (such as abdomen, thigh, or buttocks) with 4-6 treatments required initially. A complimentary consultation will help determine individuals specific costs dependent on areas and time needed for treatment.

Q: Who are ideal candidates for Velashape® lll treatments?

A: People with a 20-30% BMI (Body Mass Index), in good health and actively following a healthy lifestyle. Patients must also commit to an initial series to see desired results.

Q: Is VelaShape® lll safe?

A: Absolutely. The VelaShape® system is FDA & Health Canada cleared, non-surgical and non-invasive. It is effective on all skin types and all skin colors.

Q: Who is not an ideal candidate for VelaShape® lll?

A: You are not an ideal candidate if currently pregnant, have poorly controlled diabetes, lower extremity thrombus, blood clot formation, pacemaker or internal defibrillator.