Trusculpt for Fat and Cellulite?

Is Trusculpt effective? Does it reduce cellulite? For how long? Could it possibly worsen dimpling or cellulite? When do results show up? Will I see results in one treatment? Does it really reduce 20% of fat cells in the area treated?

Doctor Answers 10

Cellulaze works

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Hello. As you have probably learned from your research on cellulite it has always been very difficult to treat. Certainly creams and lotions are of no use especially when looking at the cost/benefit ratio and the fact that they are in no way permanent.  Procedures like Velashape and Endermologie are non-invasive but require multiple treatments and maintenance treatments or everything returns back to the way it was. Again, for the cost not a very satisfying option. If you are not ready or convinced about Cellulaze your best bet would to be to do nothing rather than spend your time and money on procedures that often end up in frustration. In my practice in the Bay Area I have come to the conclusion that the happiest patients are those that have realistic expectation on what Cellulaze can do for them. At some point it might be worthwhile to have a consultation with someone in your area with an expertise in Cellulaze to get more detailed information. I honestly think it is the best tool we have for cellulite today. Good luck. Sincerely, Dean Vistnes   

Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Cellulaze is best for cellulite

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The best procedure to get rid of cellulite is Cellulaze; this is a minimally invasive procedure to get rid of the lumpy dimpling skin. If there are areas of stubborn fat deposits than you would be a good candidate for Smartlipo. Consult with your surgeon to learn more about each procedure and if they are a good fit for you.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Efficacious cellulite therapy

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I would recommend you evaluate Cellulaze - a FDA approved one time treatment that utilizes a 1440 nm wavelength laser to accomplish 3 things:  1) melt away fat bulging out 2) break up fibrous septae (attachments) that create the indentations and 3) help thicken the dermis (skin) to prevent future recurrence.   The procedure can take between 60-90 minutes and can be completed under local or just IV sedation (depending on the length of your procedure and number of areas being treated). To see your final results takes between 3-6 months. You can visit the cellulaze . com website to learn more about the procedure and find a plastic surgeon who performs the procedure near you. Best of luck!
Dr. Basu
Houston, TX

Trusculpt for Fat and Cellulite?

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The TruSculpt system is a non-invasive radio frequency technology. The deep tissue heating reduces the appearance of cellulite. TruSculpt is clinically proven to deliver deep, uniform heating to all body areas with comfort and ease.

Hardik Soni, MD (not currently practicing)
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician

Treating Fat vs Cellulite with truSculpt

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TruSculpt is
the latest non-invasive device that has been clinically proven to target
problem areas of fat on the body and under the chin that have been resistant to
diet and exercise.
truSculpt is
an energy-based device that delivers controlled heat into the deep subcutaneous layers of the tissue
at the same time that radio frequencytargets
the fat to destroy, firm and smooth the surrounding area.

Cellulite is known to be difficult to resolve however, as fat is reduced and destroyed, and skin is tightening, the appearance of the unevenness improves.  The before and after photos of patients show this to be true!

Ronald Moser, MD
San Juan Capistrano Physician

TruSculpt is for fat reduction. Little works for generalized cellulite

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While smallish area of cellulite or dimpling can be treated with cellulase or cellfina, larger areas are not very well treated with these invasive techniques.  Endermologie Lipomassage is fda approved for cellulite treatment of all areas.  TruSculpt is for fat reduction and at least three monthly treatments are needed to start seeing results. So one treatment will not due it and results can't be guaranteed.  Its not a substitute for the results seen with the 'gold standard'- liposuction.  But there is no downtime. It's best for treating isolated areas of diet and exercise resistant fat, not for treating generalized obesity.  Treatment results are technician dependent, that's why it's crucial to be sure that your doctor or technician has received advanced training from Cutera.  Many if not all noninvasive treatments require more than one to see results.  Dimpling or cellulite should not worsen with TruSculpt.  Although we sell individual treatments, we encourage our patients to purchase our discounted 3 treatment package.  Hope this helps and best of luck!

Steven Yarinsky, MD
Albany Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

TruSculpt or Cellulaze for fat and cellulite

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It is extremely difficult to accurately answer this question without seeing you and your specific areas of concern.  We have both TruSculpt and Cellulaze in our practice (as well as other body contouring procedures like Coolsculpting, Exilis, SmartLipo, iLipo, Smoothshapes, Thermage) and all of these technologies work well for the right patient.  For mild cellulite and contouring, TruSculpt can deliver nice results.  We have not had any problems with dimpling or worsening of cellulite or fat with TruSculpt. For more involved cases, worse cellulite and the need for more contouring you may want to consider Cellulaze and/or liposuction.  For the most accurate answer for your specific case, consider a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon that has experience with the technologies you are interested in. Good luck!

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 152 reviews

Cellulaze for cellulite

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Trusculpt is a treatment that will only temporarily treat cellulite.  Cellulaze is the only FDA-approved one time, minimally invasive treatment toimprove the appearance of cellulite.  It uses a 1440 nm wavelength side-firing laser fiber optic to treat all anatomic causes of cellulite - bulges from fat deposits, dimples from fibrous bands, and also tighten the skin to improve the shape to the problem areas.  I would contact a board-certified plastic surgeon that is familiar with the treatment and procedure.


Good luck!


Robert Kratschmer, MD

Subcision and Volumizing Fillers Can Work Well For Improving Cellulite Dimples

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Much media and marketing hooplah is often made when a new laser or other energy-based device (radiofrequency, ultrasound) receives FDA clearance. Frequently, the public mistakes such clearance for FDA approval, the way medications require FDA approval before being released into the consumer market. In the case of devices, for the most part, in order to receive FDA clearance, the device needs only to prove that it is safe for use in humans, not that it is necessarily effective for the indication for which it is sold.

Device clearance is a relatively short process, unlike the long (very often 9-11 year) process required to bring a new medication to the market. To gain FDA approval, a pharmaceutical agent must not only prove safe for use, but actually must prove efficacy for the indication for which it will be marketed.

So, this may explain why today's newest and "most effective" laser typically gets replaced tomorrow by another laser or device with the same claim. The very fact that a new laser comes to market seemingly every day is enough cause enough for healthy skepticism

The reality is that many of the new devices, when separated from the marketing hype and testimonials of paid physician spokespersons, have proven disappointing to both patients and the treating physicians. Hence, my skepticism about any new energy-based devices for treating cellulite--a very condition in women that has been notoriously difficult to treat.

When there are fifteen or twenty or so deep cellulite depressions on each leg, I prefer to treat with a combination of subcision followed by filling with a volumizing filler, such as Radiesse or Radiesse combined with Perlane L, a hyaluronic acid-based injectable with a good lifting capacity.

The procedure itself is relatively easy and simple to perform and multiple sites on both lower extremities can be treated during the same treatment session.  Under local anesthesia, a sterile needle is inserted and moved around to break up the bands of fibrous tissue that play a part in binding the skin downward in the typical cottage cheese appearance. The depressed area can then "float" to the surface. Often, these bands will subsequently be replaced by new, more normal collagen bundles to further serve as a buttress to the overlying skin. Finally, after two or more such treatment sessions, a small amount of volumizer can be subsequently injected to further elevate and smooth the overlying skin and promote additional natural collagen production. .

Nelson Lee Novick, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Cellulite Treatment

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Thank you for your question. The best treatment for cellulite is Cellulaze - a new non-invasive treatment that has seen amazing results so far.Cellulaze is the only minimally invasive laser procedure designed to attack the structure of cellulite beneath your skin. Cellulaze is backed by many years of clinical research. Studies have shown it increases the thickness of your skin by 25% and the elasticity of your skin by 29%—significant claims that haven't been made by any other treatments. Thicker and more elastic skin can help flatten and smooth the skin surface to improve the appearance of cellulite. In addition, 93% of patients surveyed were satisfied or very satisfied with their results at one year post their procedure, and all would recommend the Cellulaze cellulite laser treatment to a friend.

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