Non invasive fat reduction is a medical procedure in which patients can remove fat cells without going under the knife. The two most popular options are CoolSculpting and TruSculpt ID, both of which are FDA-approved fat removal devices.
The promise of laying back on a comfy treatment table while a doctor or clinician uses a machine to remove body fat with almost no pain, minimal discomfort and few side effects may seem too good to be true, but the fact is the best non invasive fat reduction devices do just that.
Why try non-surgical fat reduction?
Skipping cosmetic surgery in favor of non-surgical options like TruSculpt ID has many benefits, such as:
- No downtime
- Minimal side effects
- Safe and well tolerated
- No need to take off work
- Little to no pain during treatment
- Easy and convenient
- Affordable cost
- Proven safety with fewer serious risks than lipo and surgery
- FDA and TGA approved
- Beautiful and permanent results without surgery
What’s the catch?
Non-surgical fat removal using FDA-approved devices has impressive results, tons of benefits and few risks. However, there are some limitations you should know about up front.
Non-invasive fat reduction is not a substitute for diet and exercise. Rather, it’s best to reach a stable weight before booking the appointment for fat melting or fat freezing. If you want to lose weight, do so before coming in to put the finishing touches on your dream body with fat reduction technology.
The treatment is best for men and women who want to remove small pockets of stubborn fat. A pinch of fat here, a small bulge of fat there — that’s what non-invasive fat reduction is designed to treat. Nearly anywhere on the body can be treated.
Keep in mind fat freezing and fat melting won’t give dramatic results like weight loss surgery, liposuction or a tummy tuck. TruSculpt ID patients ideally have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less. Yet for patients who only have a small amount of fat that’s bothering them, the results are impressive. It can feel like a huge victory to say goodbye to small areas of fat like a bra bulge, muffin top, a handful of belly fat or pudgy inner thighs.
Patients with pacemakers, defibrillators, tumors or damaged skin at the treatment site, or certain kinds of metal implants might not be able to get treated.
Pregnant and nursing women are also advised against it, along with a laundry list of other cosmetic treatments they shouldn’t get (think hitting the hair salon for highlights or sitting in a nail salon with the smell of acetone lingering in the air).
That doesn’t mean fat reduction technology can harm the baby. To date, no medical studies have proven a link between harming the baby and non-invasive fat reduction. It’s just a matter of being cautious and erring on the safe side since many of these are newer technologies that need more time on their side to prove longterm safety.
The results of treatment are permanent. However, it won’t stop you from gaining new fat cells if you eat too many calories and don’t get enough exercise in the future. On the up side, treatments are affordable compared to invasive fat removal. Therefore, you can always book another appointment for a touch up in the future, if needed.
Learn about the latest non-invasive fat reduction technology
The weight loss market is massive, no pun intended. Aside from eating healthy and hitting the gym, there is no shortage of online fitness gurus, weight loss gimmicks, home exercise equipment and fad diets that promise to get rid of body fat fast. While some of these products and services are legitimate and can really help patients shed the pounds, others are hocus pocus to get you to part from your hard-earned money.
Yet there is hope for getting rid of stubborn fat virtually anywhere on the body that you can grab a pinch of fat. Non-Invasive fat reduction is perfect for that. The technology is always evolving. Today, we will discuss two of the most popular cosmetic fat reduction techniques that patients are booking appointments for in order to slim down.
TruSculpt ID is a new fat loss machine that boasts incredible results, while CoolSculpting continues to be a mainstay of cosmetic fat reduction, although the technology is older.
TruSculpt ID is the hot new way to melt fat fast
TruSculpt ID is the latest technology to remove stubborn fat in as little as 15 minutes. Heat is used to break down fat cells without harming underlying tissue and organs. It is TGA and FDA approved for lipolysis, which is the medical term for breaking down fat cells.
How does TruSculpt work?
TruSculpt ID uses heat to kill fat cells. Using heat administered with radiofrequency energy, it works by destroying fat cells. Then, the liver removes the dead fat cells from the body over a period of 1 to 4 months after treatment.
Nearly any area that has extra fat can be treated. During the procedure, the patient lies on a treatment table while small handheld pieces (about 8×8 cm or 3×3 inches) are placed on the target areas. Due to the convenient size of the handheld pieces, even small areas like the neck or double chin can be treated. Each device comes with 6 paddles, so larger areas with fat deposits like the love handles are no problem.
The device is then powered on and you will feel a warming heat sensation. Nearly 25% of fat cells in the treated area die the very same day as treatment, according to the device’s manufacturer, Cutera. Talk about fast!
It takes about 3 months for those cells to be removed from the body by the liver. Just 1 to 2 treatments are enough for most patients to see visible effects. Fast, easy, comfortable and effective — it’s no wonder patients are loving the results they get from TruSculpt ID.
How fast will I see TruSculpt results?
Is TruSculpt effective? The results from TruSculpt ID are no doubt impressive. But it is important to understand that results are not instant. It takes a few months for the liver to flush out the fat cells that were killed during treatment. Most patients notice full results about 3 months after treatment, but you may notice a difference as soon as 4 weeks later.
That time can vary from patient to patient since every person is unique. Not everyone’s liver works at the same speed, so this is normal. That is one big reason you’ll see some patients online talking about getting results quickly, while others take longer to see the effects.
See the amazing results of TruSculpt ID for yourself
If you’re interested in getting TruSculpt ID, check out these real TruSculpt before-and-after photos.
TruSculpt side effects
TruSculpt ID is safe and effective, but temporary side effects are common after treatment. Usually, these side effects last up to a few hours. These includes:
- Mild discomfort
- Temporary skin redness
- Skin warmth
- Sweating during treatment
CoolSculpting was the cool way to get skinny before TruSculpt came along
CoolSculpt was once a pioneer in non invasive fat reduction procedures. Back then, CoolSculpting was on the lips of some of the best aesthetic clinics in the world.
Well, today things have changed. The technology has gotten better (ahem, thanks to TruSculpt ID), with less discomfort during treatment and fewer reported side effects than CoolSculpt. Still, freezing fat with cryolipolysis was truly revolutionary. The devices were expensive to buy, and they do work. That is why many clinics still offer CoolSculpting services today.
How does CoolSculpting work?
Fat freezing works by killing fat cells with frigid temperatures. Cold paddles are placed on the skin at the treatment site, and the technology goes to work freezing and killing fat cells to reduce fat in the treatment site. The paddles use controlled cooling so the skin doesn’t freeze. Instead, they target fat cells alone. Patients will feel a very cold sensation from the paddles, however.
Depending on the size of the treatment area, it can take about 1 to 2 hours for treatments to be completed. Meanwhile, TruSculpt ID gets the treatment done in about 15 minutes.
Like TruSculpt, not every single fat cell treated will die. But a lot of them will, and that gives patients visible fat freezing results. Over a period of several months, the dead fat cells are eventually flushed out of the body by the liver.
Similar to TruSculpt ID, the process of flushing out the dead fat cells killed by CoolSculpting takes the liver some time. Therefore, results aren’t instant. Most patients notice full effects in 3 months on average, some faster or slower than others since every patient is unique.
CoolSculpting side effects
Almost anyone can get CoolSculpting done to remove fat. But is CoolSculpting safe? As with any cosmetic procedure, there are some side effects, most of which are mild and temporary. The most common side effects are:
- Mild to moderate discomfort
- Temporary skin redness
- Cold skin during treatment
- Skin redness
- Tingling sensation
- Bruising, which should subside in about 2 weeks
TruSculpt & CoolScupting vs. liposuction
Fat freezing and fat melting technology work to get rid of fat, but they won’t have results as dramatic as invasive fat removal options like liposuction or surgery. Non-invasive fat removal is great for patients who don’t want the pain, cost and downtime associated with more aggressive procedures.
Not everyone can afford the cost of surgery. A big part of that fee is the anesthetist fee. Going under the knife or having liposuction done requires sedation. That is one reason why liposuction costs more than non-invasive fat reduction, which doesn’t require anesthesia.
Unlike liposuction, non-invasive treatments work over the skin. This causes little to no tissue damage because both devices use technology to bypass the skin layer and target fat cells alone. With TruSculpt, the device is self regulating to administer heat deep into fat cells without harming nearby tissue and organs at all, nor overheating the skin. The CoolSculpting paddles work in a similar way, using controlled cooling to target fat cells. While the skin feels very cold during treatment, it won’t freeze the skin itself.
Liposuction is aggressive by comparison. It works below the skin layer to access the fatty tissue in the subcutaneous fat layer. The fat is broken down and then manually removed with suction. Tissue damage occurs almost by definition. While lipo removes much more fat in a single treatment than either TruSculpt ID or CoolSculpting can, liposuction has more side effects like swelling that can take months to go away. You’ll also need to take time off work to heal from lipo.
If you are interested in lipo, VASER liposculpture is a more modern alternative that uses advanced technology and gentler suction to cause less tissue damage while removing the same, if not more, fat than traditional liposuction. Dr. Bernard Beldholm loves VASER, and his patients do, too. You can learn more about VASER here.
What other non-surgical fat reduction options are there?
Now that you know the two best ways to get rid of stubborn fat, you may wonder if you can get rid of fat with unapproved home fat removal devices or other treatments like fat reduction injections.
How can I remove fat at home with fat reduction technology?
While researching how to get rid of fat without diet and exercise, you may have come across home fat reduction devices for sale online.
These devices promise to reduce body fat without leaving the comfort of home. While it sounds convenient, are the results worth it? That’s debatable. From a medical standpoint, no home fat reduction devices have been approved by the TGA or FDA for fat reduction. Not only do they not work, but they have not been tested for safety. Don’t gamble with your health. Experimenting with medical devices at home can be dangerous.
The best thing you can do at home to reduce fat is dieting and exercising. If diet and exercise are failing to get the results you want but you don’t want liposuction, TruSculpt ID with fat melting technology is the best choice, according to Doctor Bernard at Specialist Skin Solutions.
Don’t try CoolSculpting at home
DIY CoolSculpting made an appearance on the internet, and that is truly unfortunate because the results can be scary. Home “CoolSculpting” had some pretty foolish internet users attempting to use ice cubes to freeze fat. There is no evidence to support using ice cubes to get rid of fat, plain and simple. Doing so freezes skin and not much else. That is, if you’re lucky. You can do serious harm to your skin or even end up damaging skin severely, enough to need medical care. Frostbite, pain, numbness and permanent tissue death are all possible.
DIY “CoolSculpting” is dangerous, won’t work and is definitely not something you should try at home.
Real CoolSculpting at a medical office is very different than using ice cubes. The paddles are regulated to prevent skin from freezing and they target fat cells exclusively.
Get rid of double chin with cosmetic injectables
While TruSculpt ID can treat a double chin, some patients choose fat reduction injections instead for this area. Injectable deoxycholic acid is a non-surgical double chin treatment that is FDA approved. This cosmetic injectable works by administering deoxycholic acid (also known as cholanoic acid) into the skin with a needle. This natural and safe substance is found naturally in the human body.
According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, it breaks down fat cells on contact, without migrating to nearby areas. Multiple injection points are made in the chin. Treatment causes little discomfort as local anesthetic is often used. It usually takes about 20 minutes per session, and 2 to 4 treatments (at 1 month intervals) may be needed for best results.
Side effects are typically mild and temporary. Mild swelling and numbness, redness at the injection site and bruising may occur. Serious side effects are less common. These include facial weakness and prolonged numbness, which are rare but possible. When this occurs, it usually resolves itself without needing medical attention. However, you should tell your doctor if these symptoms occur.
Note that this is the only FDA-approved injectable for fat reduction. This substance is only approved for double chin injections.
Fat melting technology offers many benefits compared to older fat freezing technology, such as quicker sessions and more comfortable treatments. While neither of these fat-busting solutions will remove as much fat as liposuction or body contouring surgery, the best non invasive fat reduction devices are an easy, fast and affordable way to remove small pockets of fat nearly anywhere on the body.