05 May It’s TruSculpt Season! Q&A with a Body and Beauty Expert
Swimsuit season is almost upon us, my friends! Time for fun in the sun with friends and family… and trying to artfully hide our least favorite body parts. If you, like most Americans, struggle to get rid of…“problem areas,” this time of year can mean a lot of time feeling self-conscious about your body. That is certainly no fun.
Unfortunately, there are some areas of the body that no amount of healthy eating and exercise can improve. Liposuction has long been the traditional treatment for these stubborn subcutaneous fat deposits. Though the results are almost immediate, the treatment itself leaves scars and requires a certain amount of recovery time. Thankfully, several non-invasive treatments have become available, providing new options to address these troublesome areas. To discuss one of my favorite systems, truSculpt, we had a very informative Q&A with Dr. Jessica Wright from Rejuvenate Austin. This is what she had to day:
Q: WHAT IS TRUSCULPT?
“truSculpt is a non-invasive treatment that uses radio- frequency heat to break apart stubborn subcutaneous fat deposits. When performing a truSculpt procedure, I place the hand-piece directly on the skin above the treatment area. When activated, the hand-piece emits a radio frequency pulse that deeply heats the tissue, causing a “natural” cell death. The body clears out these dead fat cells as it does with all other types of waste. This process is repeated over the entire treatment area.”
Q: HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
“A typical truSculpt procedure takes approximately an hour, though this can vary widely based on the number and size of areas to be treated.”
Q: DOES IT HURT?
“Because the truSculpt system relies on heat to kill the fat cells, there is a hot sensation felt at the treatment site. Having a low pain tolerance myself, I take pain very seriously in my medical practice. As such, I will adjust the treatment temperature as needed for the comfort of an individual patient. Typically pain medication, topical anesthetics, gels or active cooling aren’t needed.”
Q: HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL THERE BE?
“While each person’s body is different, I see the best results with patients that have undergone three treatments with each treatment scheduled one month apart.”
Q: IS TRUSCULPT RIGHT FOR ME?
“To be clear, truSculpt is not a weight loss solution for people who are overweight or obese. However, if you have stubborn areas of fat that traditional diet and exercise are not improving, truSculpt may be right for you. I assess the appropriateness of truSculpt as a treatment for these areas during my initial consultation with each individual client.”
Q: CAN TRUSCULPT BE USED ON ALL SKIN TYPES?
“Because truSculpt relies on radio- frequency heat (unlike lasers which heat the pigment in skin), it can be used on all skin types.”
Q: CAN I RETURN TO NORMAL ACTIVITIES AFTER MY TREATMENT?
“Because the truSculpt procedure is non-invasive, you can return to your regular activities immediately. In fact, many patients return to work after their treatments.”
Q: WHEN CAN I START SEEING RESULTS?
“After treatment, results can be seen as early as 4 weeks with full results taking up to 12 weeks. As with most procedures, results will depend on the areas that we treat and the number of treatments provided. Results can be permanent, provided that the patient maintains a healthy diet and exercise regimen.”
Q: Are there side effects?
“Side effects can include redness, swelling and mild tenderness at the treatment site, though these usually go away within a few hours after the procedure.”
Q: HOW MUCH DOES TRUSCULPT COST?
“As with most procedures of this type, the cost will vary based
on the areas of concern and the number of treatments that will be needed to achieve the desired result.”
Q: IS IT TOO LATE TO START TRUSCULPT TO BE READY FOR “SWIMSUIT SEASON”?
“When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, it’s never too late to add truSculpt to your “swimsuit season” preparation regime.”
This article was published in the Spring 2014 Issue of VETTA Magazine.