- What is Vancouver hot sculpting?
- How does hot sculpting work?
- Does hot sculpting work?
- Does hot sculpting tighten skin?
- Is hot sculpting painful?
- How long are treatment sessions with hot sculpting vs CoolSculpting®?
- Is there downtime with hot sculpting?
- Who should not use hot sculpting?
- What is the cost of Vancouver hot sculpting?
- The verdict: is Vancouver hot sculpting worth it?
There are multiple ways to get rid of stubborn fat, both surgically and non-surgically. If you’ve heard of Vancouver hot sculpting, you may be wondering how it stacks up against other body contouring methods out there.
In this article, we’ll explain what hot sculpting is, and why you may want to opt for it, or another technology, when looking for a fat removal procedure.
What is Vancouver hot sculpting?
The phrase “hot sculpting” can often be used synonymously with WarmSculpting™. The latter is a marketing term used by SculpSure®, a laser lipolysis device company.
However, “hot sculpting” can also be used to describe other heat-based methods of removing fat, such as with the truSculpt® iD machine. The truSculpt® iD technology uses radio-frequency heat, as opposed to laser heat, to achieve fat cell destruction.
Hot sculpting in Vancouver is popular as an alternative to CoolSculpting®. CoolSculpting® is the brand name for a cryolipolysis machine. It essentially freezes fat cells until they die.
How does hot sculpting work?
All of the above technologies offer body contouring without surgery. They each have their benefits, and work in different ways.
Hot sculpting with truSculpt® iD and SculpSure® work by placing paddles on the body, and allowing heat to penetrate past the skin into the subcutaneous fat layer. There, they heat fat cells up to at least 45ºC. This effectively kills the fat cells.
Laser lipo with something like Fotona TightSculpting® uses a handpiece that delivers pulses of light to heat the fat under the skin.
After a hot sculpting treatment, it takes around 12 weeks for the body to remove the dead fat cells.
Does hot sculpting work?
Hot sculpting works if it is done right, with a proven technology.
Body contouring requires skill on the part of the practitioner performing treatments. Knowing which applicators to use, how to place them, and how many cycles to use them for can matter a lot when it comes to the results you’ll see.
So, it pays off to use a qualified, highly-trained provider of body contouring technologies.
The hot sculpting technology itself, of course, also matters. Always choose a fat removal clinic with technologies that have been proven effective in scientific literature, and are Health Canada approved. Ask for before and after photos to see what the technology has achieved for other patients.
Hot sculpting with both truSculpt® iD and SculpSure® can achieve up to 24% fat removal in a given treatment area. Other hot sculpting technologies, such as Fotona TightSculpting®, may provide different results.
By comparison, CoolSculpting® can achieve up to 27% fat removal in a given treatment area.
It is also of note that heat from the truSculpt® iD can penetrate to the muscle layer beneath the skin. This is deeper than the SculpSure®, which penetrates the middle layer of fat between muscle and skin. By penetrating so deep, the truSculpt® iD can heat up even more fat cells.
Does hot sculpting tighten skin?
One of the great benefits of hot sculpting vs CoolSculpting® is that the former offers skin tightening advantages. This is due to the way it heats tissues. The heat can stimulate collagen production.
While skin tightening is often a ‘side benefit’ of hot sculpting, it is not one to be ignored. When we lose fat, we sometimes end up with left-over, stretched skin. To achieve a smooth body contour, skin tightening can be important.
If you’re interested in skin tightening, Ultherapy® may also be for you. It uses ultrasound heat to stimulate collagen production. It is the only Health Canada licensed procedure to lift skin on the neck, eyebrows and under the chin.
Is hot sculpting painful?
While CoolSculpting® doesn’t require any anesthetic during its treatment cycles, it can have a bit of a ‘cold sting’ and a suction component to it. For those who can’t tolerate the sensation of being cold, or the suction, then hot sculpting is a great alternative.
Hot sculpting can provide near-identical results to CoolSculpting® by using warm paddles that bypass the skin, to heat the subcutaneous fat layers only.
At least, this is the case truSculpt® iD. With laser-based technologies, cooling mechanisms need to be used to keep the skin’s surface at a comfortable temperature during treatments. For example, SculpSure® can be too hot for some people to tolerate.
The truSculpt® iD can feel like a hot stone massage. Since its treatment cycles are shorter than other hot sculpting technologies, it can be more tolerable in that regard, too.
How long are treatment sessions with hot sculpting vs CoolSculpting®?
Hot sculpting sessions can be remarkably quick. The shortest cycle on the truSculpt® iD is 15 minutes long. Other technologies can take around 25 minutes or longer.
With CoolSculpting®, the shortest cycle is 35 minutes. However, this is only the case when using the newer, Advantage™ applicators (a must-have when seeking a CoolSculpting® provider!).
Keep in mind that, with all body contouring technologies, you may require multiple cycles in one treatment session. So your actual session length can vary, depending on what is being treated.
Is there downtime with hot sculpting?
There is no downtime associated with hot sculpting, and very little, if any side effects.
Who should not use hot sculpting?
Hot sculpting should not be used on anyone with an implanted device, such as a pacemaker.
All body contouring technologies should not be used on women who are pregnant, or under the age of 18.
In rarer cases, an individual may be ruled out for a hot sculpting or CoolSculpting® treatment for other reasons. These reasons can include allergies or other medical conditions that would make the treatment unsafe for that person. A consultation usually reveals these issues.
Always disclose your full medical history to your practitioner.
What is the cost of Vancouver hot sculpting?
The price of hot sculpting in Vancouver can vary from clinic to clinic. Generally speaking, hot sculpting is comparable in price with CoolSculpting®.
However, with any body contouring technology, the price will also depend on:
- The amount of fat you want removed in a given treatment area
- The size of the treatment area
- The number of treatments your body requires to see results
- The number of areas you want to treat
For that reason, a consultation is always required to get an accurate quote for treatments.
Generally speaking, the cost of hot sculpting with truSculpt® iD can range from $600 to $3,000 per session. The average person may spend about $2,500 for a package of treatments, give or take.
The verdict: is Vancouver hot sculpting worth it?
As we’ve seen above, Vancouver hot sculpting is the perfect choice if:
- You are already seeking a non-surgical body contouring solution.
- You have an intolerance to cold, or don’t like the feeling of a suction device on your body.
- You want to tighten skin and remove fat at the same time.
- You prefer shorter treatment times.
- You don’t have a medical implant or other health condition that would make hot sculpting unsafe for you.
However, we’ve also seen that not all hot sculpting technologies are the same. For example, truSculpt® iD can be more comfortable than SculpSure®.
Plus, not mentioned above is that the truSculpt® iD has 6 paddles, whereas the SculpSure® has only 4. This can mean more versatile configurations to treat different body shapes. With more versatility comes more value for what you pay.
That all said, hot sculpting solutions can only provide up to 24% fat reduction. CoolSculpting®, on the other hand, can achieve up to 27% fat reduction.
Both hot sculpting and CoolSculpting® don’t require downtime, other than minor swelling or tingling at the treatment sites. This effect normally goes away on its own.
If you’re feeling undecided, it may be best to book a consultation at our Surrey clinic. We offer both CoolSculpting® and hot sculpting with the truSculpt® iD. We can learn more about your case, and make a recommendation we think will work best for you.
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