Orange County truSculpt | Pros and Cons of truSculpt Technology
Plastic surgery has advanced dramatically in recent decades, and is now safer than ever before. But not everyone is ready or wants to go through elective surgery. Since 2010, many technologies, like CoolSculpting ®, have allowed men and women all over California the ability to see similar results to plastic surgery through the use of specialized, non-invasive body contouring machines.
CoolSculpting ® and UltraShape are the most popular, and we carry both here at the Aesthetic Center of Orange County in Newport Beach, along with several other forms of body contouring and tightening technologies. Yet there are many different forms of surgery-free body contouring technologies on the market, and another well known device is known as truSculpt.
truSculpt – Heat Based Body Contouring
CoolSculpting ® is popular because it uses cyrolipolysis (fat freezing) to reduce fat deposits permanently. truSculpt is on the opposite end – it uses heat. Radiofrequency waves are sent through an applicator device directly below the skin. These waves then heat up the fat layers to a temperature that damages fat cells, but leaves other cells in the body unharmed.
Like CoolSculpting ®, truSculpt can be used on multiple areas of the body, including the abdomen, thighs, and below chin. There is also no real downtime and results show up at a similar speed to CoolSculpting ®.
Drawbacks of truSculpt
Although truSculpt is similar to CoolSculpting ® and UltraShape in terms of non-invasive fat reduction and recovery, there are some drawbacks as well. These include:
- Not FDA cleared for Fat Reduction – Perhaps the number one reason that you may not want to use truSculpt is because it is not currently FDA cleared for fat reduction. While there are many technologies that are safe but have not yet received FDA approval, often it is best to wait until a product is studied extensively and FDA cleared before using it on the body.
- Reports of More Pain – Although truSculpt is advertised as “pain free,” some people have reported pain, especially when it is near a sensitive area. Not everyone appears to have this pain, but it is more than is reported with other non-invasive body contouring strategies.
- Lumpy Appearance – Similarly, some patients have reported that truSculpt creates a lumpy appearance on certain treatment areas. truSculpt is not yet as widespread as CoolSculpting ® and UltraShape, so these reports are few and far between, but it does appear that there is greater risk of uneven appearance.
In addition, the “claim to fame” of truSculpt was that it was able to be used on smaller bulges that could not yet be addressed with CoolSculpting ®, but CoolSculpting ® now has a variety of additional applicators that have rendered that benefit somewhat obsolete. Of course, UltraShape can be used on any area of any size.
truSculpt and Other Body Contouring in Orange County
At the Aesthetic Center of Orange County, we carry only the evidence based non-surgical body contouring treatments. truSculpt is certainly intriguing, but we haven’t seen enough evidence that it is either different or more comfortable than CoolSculpting ® or UltraShape to make it worth carrying, and until it receives FDA approval,we will not carry it here in our offices.
Our goal here is to make sure that you have all of the information you need to determine which non-invasive body contouring procedure is best for you, whether it is truSculpt, UltraShape, CoolSculpting ®, VelaShape III, or something else. We stand by all of the technologies we use and have a variety of options available.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the science behind current non-invasive body contouring techniques, or you are ready to schedule an appointment in our office to learn about the best options available to you, contact us today at 949-309-5085.