The truSculpt® iD cosmetic radio frequency machine is one of the latest technologies on the market to treat unwanted fat with a non-invasive procedure. We carry both the CoolSculpting® and truSculpt® brands at our laser clinic in Surrey. Using them both gives us the advantage of being able to perform non-surgical ‘liposuction’ (so to speak) on various types of body fat.
The truSculpt® iD ‘melts’ fat away by penetrating the skin with energy. This energy is produced by a special, “Monopolar” radiofrequency machine. This is in contrast to other non-invasive, fat reduction procedures, which use temperature to freeze fat away.
What is there to love about this cosmetic fat removal machine?
This radio frequency machine has the advantage of not only melting fat away, but treating cellulite at the same time. Thus, it can produce skin tightening and smoothing effects, in addition to the removal of fat.
The machine is also fast; treatments can last just 15 minutes. Using various handpieces, the machine can treat multiple areas of the body at once – large or small, and even hard-to-reach areas.
Since no ‘pinching’ is required during treatment, truSculpt® iD works best when targeting ‘tight’ fat, as opposed to ‘jelly’ fat. With its closest competitor, the CoolSculpting® machine, fat must be pressed between two panels in order to work.
Discomfort can also be greatly reduced with the advanced, Monopolar radio frequency found in the truSculpt® iD. Translated to ‘plain english,’ this means the energy is absorbed mostly by the fat, and not the skin. This way, patients don’t feel a burning session (since energy produces heat).
What can truSculpt® iD be used for?
The truSculpt® iD radio frequency machine is used in our Surrey laser clinic for body shaping and lipolysis. That is, non-invasive, cosmetic fat removal.
It can also be used to treat cellulite and to tighten the skin. These are issues that usually go hand-in-hand with unwanted, stubborn fat. So, being able to treat them simultaneously is an added advantage.
Radiofrequency to destroy fat cells works especially well on the following conditions:
- Post-pregnancy, stretched belly
- Inner thighs (where you may want a ‘thigh gap’)
- Cellulite and uneven texture around the butt and hips
- Love handles on the waist
- Fat around the upper, side areas of the breasts
- Arm fat
- Chin fat (plus see our other treatments for chin fat)
With that said, this radio frequency fat removal is not a solution for severely overweight individuals who are not regularly exercising and eating well. We’ll be real with you: this treatment is not for TV-style, miraculous changes in body weight. It is for targeting ‘stubborn’ fat – the kind that no amount of healthy exercise and dieting seems to fix.
If you are at the end of your weight loss journey, this treatment may be able to help. If you are just beginning, and have a long way to go, we recommend you see your physician before seeking non-invasive fat removal treatments. A doctor will know the best course of treatment for you, and can recommend ‘first steps.’
Not sure if you’re at the stage that’s ready for cosmetic fat removal? That’s ok! We would be happy to give you more information in a consultation. Our on-staff doctor will be able to answer your questions. We’ll be honest about what we think will work, and what won’t.
truSculpt® iD vs CoolSculpting®
While truSculpt® iD can not replace CoolSculpting®, the same can be said the other way around too.
Both machines are used for non-invasive lipolysis. However, they differ in two main ways:
- The technology used to ‘kill’ the fat cells.
- The patient’s experience while being treated.
truSculpt® iD uses radio frequency technology to heat the fat under the skin’s surface, while still keeping the skin’s top layer at a cool temperature. In general, the sensation is warm, but not burning hot.
CoolSculpting® uses a freezing technology to rid the body of fat. The sensation is cold.
Both technologies require a period of time after treatment sessions for the fat cells to be removed from the body (around 12 weeks). And, both cause permanent removal of the fat cells that have been targeted (this is not to say you can not gain more wait though!)
The other big difference is in the practical application of the machines on the body during treatment sessions. CoolSculpting® requires that fat be placed between two panels. This can be awkward for curved areas, or small and hard-to-reach areas. It can also be impossible if the fat is not squeezable. And, some argue the results are thus less even and smooth, since the machine can’t glide across the contours of the body. Modern CoolSculpting® applicators aim to eliminate this issue with curved formations, though they still require ‘squeezing’. truSculpt® iD solves this problem altogether by laying its handpiece flat on body surfaces, with no squeezing involved. Handpieces also vary in size, for different applications around the body.
So, truSculpt® iD is able to treat ‘hard’ fat – you know, the kind of body fat that is ‘tight.’ CoolSculpting®, on the other hand, is used on ‘softer’ fat (these are not clinical terms, mind you). In this way, they complement each other, since it is likely that patients will have different types of fat on different areas of their body.
Body fat treatments using truSculpt® iD can be done in just 15 minutes per treatment area. A technician is present for the entire treatment. CoolSculpting®, however, can take up to 45 minutes per session, multiplied by each area you want to treat. You may be left in the room alone while the machine does its work. Of course, technicians are always nearby should you need them.
For someone looking for non-invasive fat removal at a doctor-led laser clinic, the differences between these two machines shouldn’t matter much: they are both proven to give the same results. And, both cost about the same.
We often use the CoolSculpting® machine for debulking large areas of fat, and then switch to the truSculpt® machine for smaller areas. Though, each case is different. But having both machines allows us to mix and match, to give a more precise treatment.
How does the truSculpt® iD work for non-surgical fat removal?
During treatment, a truSculpt® iD handpiece is placed on the area where you desire fat reduction. Depending on the size of the area, a specific handpiece can be used, or up to 6 handpieces can be used at the same time. These can be handsfree, or handheld by a technician. The handpieces look like ‘boxes’ that that are placed over your skin, while still attached to the larger, main machine. When the radiofrequency waves are activated, you will feel a warming sensation. This is the feeling of your fat cells absorbing the heat energy.
The fat can then be ‘melted’ away and removed by your body (which it does on its own). This process can take around 12 weeks after each session, at which point, you may notice decreased fat on the treated area.
How many treatments does the truSculpt® iD take to achieve permanent fat reduction?
The number of treatments you need for permanent fat removal will depend on how much fat you’re starting with, and the type of fat.
Remember, both the truSculpt® iD and CoolSculpting® machines can only reduce fat by a factor of 20-25%, and this can vary among individuals.
Some people will see slight results within one month after the first treatment. Others may see results after three months and multiple treatments.
Generally speaking, most patients require at least 3 treatments to reach their fat removal goals.
Please remember that it is possible to regain your weight if you are not diligent to keep it off after treatment. You won’t bring back the fat cells that have been destroyed by the radio frequency energy, but you can bring in new ones. Though, exercise and a healthy diet should be part of your daily regimen, regardless!
Is there downtime with truSculpt® iD body sculpting or fat removal? What about side effects?
You should not experience any downtime with non-invasive fat removal using the truSculpt® iD cosmetic radiofrequency machine.
There may be slight redness on the treated area afterwards, though this usually disappears within a few hours.
What matters most with any fat removal method is the experience and knowledge of the person carrying out the treatments. This is for safety and effectiveness. You’ll want to maximize the results of each treatment, to lessen your overall time and money spent on the procedure. You also want to reduce the chances of ‘lumpy’ results, or of not targeting the fat with the right handpiece positions. Finally, safety practices help to avoid ‘freezer burn’ situations (minor, but still a discomfort that should be avoided). A good provider – especially a licensed, trained doctor – will know which machine will best treat your body shape, and how to do it.
If you have preexisting health conditions, or are using something like a pacemaker, truSculpt® ID may not be safe for you. It will be important to reveal your health history with our physician and staff technicians beforehand (which we always require).
What is the cost of body sculpting with truSculpt® iD at your skin clinic?
truSculpt® iD treatment prices are dependent on the physiology of your body. Shortly put, we will need to see you for a consultation to get an idea of how much fat you’re starting with, the number of body parts you are concerned about, and the type of fat to be addressed.
Generally speaking, non-invasive fat-removal costs range from $600 to $3,000 per session. The average person may spend about $2,500 for a package of treatments, give or take.
Consultations do have fees, but these costs can be credited towards future treatments at our clinic.
Before and after photos of truSculpt® iD treatments:
See also: CoolSculpting® page.