Body Contouring – truSculpt iD
The next evolution in body sculpting is at AesthetiSpa! Just about everyone who’s not a full-time fitness instructor could use a little help with body contouring here and there. truSculpt iD is the latest option to reduce pockets of fat, using radiofrequency energy to heat and destroy the fat cells, slimming and contouring treated areas. AesthetiSpa is pleased to be the first in South Carolina to offer this revolutionary body sculpting treatment.
What is truSculpt iD?
In certain areas, such as the abdomen, when pockets of fat accumulate they are almost impossible to get rid of with dietary changes and exercise. truSculpt iD was developed to target those unwanted pockets of fat. The non-invasive procedure uses one or more handpieces to deliver monopolar radiofrequency energy to the fat layer while maintaining a comfortable skin temperature. This kills fat cells and has a secondary benefit of tightening the skin at the same time.
How does truSculpt iD work?
The truSculpt iD system offers a hand-held and a hands-free option to allow for completely personalized treatments, depending on the area being treated. Each handpiece delivers low-frequency, high-conductivity radiofrequency energy deep into the skin. This energy impacts the entire fat layer while keeping the skin surface temperature comfortable. The RF energy converts to heat when it enters the dermis and fat layers of the skin. There the heat destroys fat cells, making the cell walls burst. The body then flushes these dead cells from the body through the lymphatic system over the course of the next few weeks. This energy destroys up to 24 percent of the fat cells in the treatment area.
The FDA has approved truSculpt iD for body contouring on the abdomen and the flanks. Other areas that can be effectively treated include thighs, upper and lower back, double chin, arms, and knees.
Would I be a good candidate for truSculpt iD?
Studies have shown that just about all women and over half of men have areas of their body they would like to contour and improve. Pockets of unwanted fat in the lower abdomen and the flanks are among the most common complaints. Many people are perfect candidates for this quick, non-invasive treatment with no recovery time, but it’s not for everyone. If you have a BMI over 30, other procedures such as liposuction may be a better choice to give optimal results. It also helps if there is good elasticity of the skin in the treatment areas. This allows the skin to tighten back down to the new contour being created when almost a quarter of the fat is removed. During the initial consultation, your provider will determine if you’re a good candidate for truSculpt iD and discuss all options with you.
What are the benefits of truSculpt iD for body contouring?
- 24 percent fat reduction in treatment areas
- Reduction in waist size
- Completely non-invasive
- No recovery time
- Fast treatment times, as little as 15 minutes
- Flexibility with two handpieces and a hands-free option
- Treatment feels like a hot stone massage
- FDA approved for the abdomen and the flanks and can be used in many other areas
How does a truSculpt iD treatment work?
A truSculpt iD session at AesthetiSpa is often quick and easy. Most patients equate the feeling of the treatment as similar to a hot stone massage and find it very tolerable. Once the treatment areas are determined, your provider will choose the hand-held or hands-free option based on the size of area. The hands-free options allows for six stationary handpieces to be applied at one time, significantly reducing treatment times. For smaller areas, the handheld option may be best and the provider simply glides the truSculpt iD handpiece back and forth across the treatment area. You don’t feel the radiofrequency energy, but when it enters the dermis and fat layer below, this energy converts to heat. The heat damages the walls of the fat cells, making the fat cells burst. The handpiece keeps your surface skin comfortable, but you can feel the heat beneath your skin’s surface. The temperatures are slowly increased to 43-45 degrees Celsius to destroy the fat cells.
A truSculpt iD session takes just 15-30 minutes for multiple areas with no downtime!
After your session, your body’s lymphatic system gets to work flushing the destroyed fat cells from your body. This process takes a few weeks, so you’ll see your contour slimming and your results building. You’ll also notice skin tightening as a result of the RF energy triggering new collagen production.
How does truSculpt iD compare with CoolSculpting?
truSculpt iD is compared to CoolSculpting, the non-invasive body contouring procedure that freezes fat cells. Both deliver a similar degree of fat reduction.
CoolSculpting uses controlled freezing to kill the fat cells, while truSculpt iD uses radiofrequency energy. The cooling sensation can be quite strong with CoolSculpting as the freezing temperatures are delivered into the target tissue. This lasts a few minutes before the area becomes numb. With truSculpt iD’s radiofrequency energy, the feeling of the procedure is more like a hot stone massage, so patients feel it is more comfortable.
Also, truSculpt iD has more flexibility in the treatment area because the system can use either of two handpieces, with sizes of 40cm or 16 cm. This allows flexibility in delivering the RF energy, compared to CoolSculpting, which uses larger panels that employ suction to draw the skin and underlying tissues up to the panel. Certain areas are difficult to treat with CoolSculpting because of this.
Because truSculpt iD uses RF energy, the procedure also has a side benefit of skin tightening. That is because when heat is delivered into the dermis layer of the skin, the skin reacts as if it has been wounded by producing new amounts of collagen to “heal” the perceived wounds. This tightens and firms the skin.
Both procedures deliver from 20-24 percent reductions in fat in the treated areas. Currently, the FDA has approved CoolSculpting on more treatment areas than truSculpt iD, but it is assumed that the use of truSculpt iD will expand in the same way.
How soon after my treatment will I see results?
Results with truSculpt iD are not immediate. It takes some time for the body to begin to eliminate the destroyed fat cells. Patients usually begin to see changes beginning at six weeks, with results continuing to improve for four months.
Will I need more than one truSculpt iD session?
That depends on your goals. We believe 1-2 truSculpt iD sessions will provide the results most patients seek for a treatment area.
Is there any downtime after a truSculpt iD session?
No. As soon as your session is over, you can get back to your normal activities immediately.