Women and men considering treatments to reduce fat and build muscle without surgery now have several options. Nonsurgical body contouring procedures have multiplied rapidly in the past decade, including truSculpt treatments at our dermatology clinic in London, Ontario.
We chose to offer truSculpt instead of procedures such as CoolSculpting® and Emsculpt® after we saw the number of unique benefits that truSculpt procedures offered. In this blog post, we’ll describe those advantages and explain how truBody™—a nonsurgical body contouring treatment that combines truSculpt® iD and truSculpt® flex—shapes and tones our patients’ bodies.
What Is truSculpt?
Nonsurgical body contouring with truSculpt involves 2 separate devices—truSculpt iD and truSculpt flex. As mentioned above, combining the procedures to both reduce fat and tone muscle is a treatment called truBody. Let’s take a closer look at each of the devices:
TruSculpt iD: This fat reduction procedure uses an innovative technology called monopolar RF (radiofrequency) to target specific pockets of fat with heat. The thermal energy destroys fat cells, which are gradually removed from the body through its natural lymphatic system. Clinical studies conducted by Cutera, the company that developed truSculpt, found that a single truSculpt iD treatment reduces fat by an average of 24%. The versatile procedure, approved by the FDA, is used to reduce fat in areas such as the abdomen, love handles, thighs, under the chin, and the upper arms.
Depending on a patient’s goals, a second treatment session scheduled 12 weeks later may be needed to produce the desired results.
TruSculpt flex: Pulses of bioelectric current delivered through multiple applicators trigger muscle contractions to targeted areas. These pulses force the muscles to contract more intensely than working out can match, building muscle strength and tone. Men and women who have plateaued in their workouts find truSculpt flex especially valuable in taking their muscle toning to another level.
What Sets truSculpt Treatments Apart?
If you’re considering nonsurgical body contouring treatments, it’s useful to compare the benefits of truSculpt iD and truSculpt flex to similar procedures. Ideal candidates for any of the treatments are women and men who are already in good overall shape but may have isolated fat bulges or areas where they want improved muscle tone.
CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical fat reduction procedure that most people have heard about. It “freezes” fat cells using a process called cryolipolysis to kill the cells. Users of the RealSelf website who are actual patients give truSculpt iD a higher “worth it” rating than CoolSculpting.
The advantages truSculpt iD offers compared to CoolSculpting include:
- TruSculpt works for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of over 30, while CoolSculpting is limited to people whose BMI is less than 25. Neither procedure is designed to be a weight loss treatment.
- TruSculpt treats some areas, such as the front of the thighs, that CoolSculpting can’t.
- Minimal side effects. truSculpt patients may have some redness for a day, while typical CoolSculpting side effects can include numbness for several weeks and even frostbite if applicators are placed improperly.
- Shorter treatment time. A truSculpt iD session lasts about 15 minutes, compared to the 30 to 60 minutes it takes for CoolSculpting.
TruSculpt flex offers the following advantages over Emsculpt:
- Multiple treatment areas. Up to 8 areas can be treated at the same time during a single 45-minute truSculpt flex session. Emsculpt is approved only for 3 areas and can only treat one area at a time.
- Different treatment modes. truSculpt flex includes 3 treatment options to customize the results depending on the patient’s goals. This includes a mode that stimulates the targeted muscle in multiple directions.
- Treatment time: Because truSculpt flex can stimulate muscles in multiple areas at the same time, you can treat more areas in less time.
DermEffect is excited to offer truSculpt nonsurgical body contouring to patients who visit from Sarnia, Cambridge, and Chatham-Kent. If you want to learn more about how these treatments can help you, contact us using the online form to request a consultation or call us at (519) 472-8686 to schedule an appointment.