A new noninvasive body-contouring device will be introduced at a meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in March 2012, according to the device’s manufacturer, Cutera Inc.
Although details of the new device—called TruSculpt—have not yet been disclosed, Cutera’s officials have announced that it will use state-of-the-art radiofrequency (RF) technology to get rid of unwanted fat in “a wide range of troublesome areas” of the body.
How Do RF Treatments Work?
Like other RF devices, TruSculpt will re-contour the body by targeting and disrupting specific pockets of fat cells. The heat from the RF energy can get to those cells without harming the skin’s surface. Once broken up, the fat dissolves and then eventually leaves the body through natural processes.
RF energy also stimulates the production of collagen, a protein that gives skin elasticity and structure, thus helping to tighten skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
What Will the Procedure Be Like?
The specifics about the TruSculpt procedure are not yet known. Other RF skin treatments generally take less than an hour, and can be done right in your doctor’s office. You do not need an anesthetic or pain medication. All you’ll feel is a warm and perhaps slightly “prickly” sensation as your doctor passes the portable device over the area of your skin you’re having treated.
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Are There Any Side Effects?
Side effects are minimal with RF body-contouring treatments—usually just some redness at the treatment area and perhaps some minor bruising. You can return to your regular activities immediately.
How Long Will the Effects Last?
Cutera has said that most people will need only one or two TruSculpt treatments for optimum results. They haven’t announced yet how long those results will last, but the improvements from other RF body-contouring treatments generally last 6 to 12 months. If you watch what you eat and exercise regularly, those results can last even longer.