Among the high-tech procedures in a long list of fat reduction and body sculpting treatments, TruSculpt is one of the latest and most versatile offerings in aesthetic solutions to date. So what makes this procedure stand out from the rest?
Developed by the company Cutera in 2018, its initial TruSculpt iD product joined the ranks of other non-invasive fat reduction treatments such as CoolSculpt and SculpSure. Shortly after, the TruSculpt 3D treatment was introduced. This article will discuss each treatment, how its technology works and how it measures up against its sculpting predecessors.
TruSculpt utilizes an innovative monopolar radio frequency (RF) technology that selectively targets fat cells and therapeutically heats the adipose tissue until it is destroyed and is naturally eliminated from your body.
The device itself channels 2 megahertz radio frequency waves which penetrate the fat layer in between the skin and muscle, but avoids harming these surrounding tissues. Most patients describe the treatment as akin to a hot stone massage. Although a session may cause reddening in the treatment area, there is little to no discomfort. The treatment has been clinically proven for permanent fat cell destruction, and patient data has shown an average of 24% fat reduction after one treatment. The procedure is as follows:
Cutera offers two products under their proprietary TruSculpt line: TruSculpt iD and TruSculpt 3D.
TruSculpt is beneficially for patients who are looking for a safe, fast, comfortable, and permanent fat-elimination treatment that can be tailored to their needs:
TruSculpt comes after other non-invasive fat reducing, body sculpting treatments - but how does it stack up against its predecessors?
|Monopolar radio frequency (RF) heat technology||Controlled-heat laser technology||Controlled-freezing technology|
|Procedure time: 15 minutes||Procedure time: 25 minutes||Procedure time: 35 minutes - 1 hour|
|Average cost: $2350||Average cost: $1400 - $1500||Average cost: $2000 - $4000|
TruSculpt iD and SculpSure are similar since both use heat but TruSculpt utilizes RF technology. On the other hand, SculpSure is a belt-like device with applicators that deliver a 1060-nanometer diode laser.
Since SculpSure can only target the middle layer of fat cells between the skin and muscles, it only offers around 11% - 24% fat reduction. TruSculpt iD is found to be more effective at a consistent 24% - 25% fat reduction, as it can penetrate from just below the skin’s surface to the muscle layer.
Patients have also commented that SculpSure’s heating process may be uncomfortable, especially for patients with low pain tolerance or sensitive skin. Since TruSculpt’s treatment time is only 15 minutes, it may be a more bearable option over SculpSure’s 25-minute procedure.
As TruSculpt iD is good with any skin type, patients avoiding laser treatments tend to choose it for this reason as well.
CoolSculpting is a procedure that freezes the fat layers, which lets the fat cells die gradually and leave the surrounding area unaffected. Within 3-4 months after treatment, digested cells are sent to the lymphatic system and are filtered out as waste. For TruSculpt iD, you can see results in around 12 weeks as well.
While both TruSculpt iD and CoolSculpt claim 24% - 25% total fat reduction in treatment areas, one treatment with CoolSculpt costs more time and money when compared to TruSculpt iD for similar results.
As long as you are being treated by a well-trained and competent technician, TruSculpt is a low-risk procedure. Its advanced technology automatically prevents the skin from becoming too hot as direct feedback is received through the treatment paddle, and regulates the delivery of heat.
In terms of pain, most patients would rate the treatment between 1-3 on a pain scale of 1-10. Side effects may appear, but these wear off after a few hours. These side effects may include:
The ideal candidates for TruSculpt are patients over the age of 21 who are in good health and live a healthy lifestyle. It’s also best for them to have less than 30 body mass index (BMI), as the treatment is most effective in “love handle” reduction from patients who are close to their ideal weight.
Additionally, the following patients should avoid this treatment:
If you’re interested in getting the treatment done, it's best to consult first with a doctor you trust.
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