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This procedure disrupts fatty cells through the selective heating of adipose tissue. The process leads to fatty cell shrinkage and elimination.
The True V is a breakthrough in non-invasive fat removal treatment. Sit comfortably and relax while your fat is being selectively targeted and disrupted. The industry’s largest spot size covers the abdomen from flank to flank, cumulatively improving circumferential reduction. The treatment session is short and pleasant.
The groundbreaking delivery of energy helps target the thermal effect into the deep tissue while protecting surrounding layers.Frequencies employed are best matched with the impedance of deep tissue and specifically affect those layers.
What is True V?
True V is a non-invasive, non-contact, no pain, no downtime device used to eliminate unwanted fat. True V is an FDA-approved for deep tissue heating. It uses high frequency radiofrequency to gently warm the fat layer of the abdomen, creating heat damage that kills unwanted fat cells.
How does It work?
True V uses radiofrequency energy in an adjustable panel that hovers over the targeted area of unwanted fat. Radiofrequency energy from the device is specially tuned to target fat cells. The energy passes easily through the skin but has a harder time getting through the fat. The energy collection in the fat causes heating of adipocytes (fat cells), leading to thermal damage that causes a natural, controlled form of cell death termed “apoptosis.” The elimination of fat cells leads to a decreased thickness of the fat layer in the area of treatment.
Who is a good candidate?
Adults in good shape with areas of unwanted fat that do not want to undergo surgery are ideal candidates. Good candidates are already physically active and adhere to a healthy diet.
What is radiofrequency?
Radiofrequency is a special form of electricity. Radiofrequency is used extensively in dermatology and cosmetic surgery to target certain layers of the skin to help with skin tightening, collagen regeneration, and now deep tissue heating and fat elimination.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Treatment with True V uses a panel that fits over the abdomen and flanks to reduce the size of the tummy and love handles (flanks). However, the panel can also be adjusted to treat the back of the waist to eliminate an unwanted muffin top. It is likely that the back of the bra line and outer thighs are amenable to treatment. In the future, it is likely that new applicators will allow treatment of the arms and inner thighs.
What does it feel like? Does it hurt?
There is a mild, gentle warming sensation during treatment that is similar to having a heating pad placed in the area of treatment. It is not painful, and the patient’s comfort level is monitored during treatment.
How should I prepare for treatment?
All metal jewelry should be removed from the treatment area.
In the 1-2 days prior to treatment, patients are requested to stay well hydrated. Patients should continue to drink appropriate amounts of water through the treatment day and even the day afterwards. Water helps to hydrate the skin. This allows the radiofrequency energy from it to travel easily through the skin and target the fat layer more effectively.
Patients should avoid dehydrating activities in the couple of days prior to treatment. This would include high-intensity, high-perspiration activities such as extensive aerobics, physical training, or hot yoga. Patients should also avoid excessive alcohol intake prior to treatment as this can have a dehydrating effect on the body.
How long is a treatment session? How many treatments will I need?
A treatment session lasts 30 – 45 minutes. Individual results may vary and some patients may require more treatments or wish to undergo additional series of treatments to target additional areas of the body.
What should I expect immediately after treatment?
The skin in the area of the treatment will be warm to touch as the core fat has reached an approximate temperature of 120 degrees Farenheit and the skin approximately 100 degrees Farenheit. The skin remains warm and slightly pink for a period of minutes to a couple of hours following treatment. Temporary swelling is also possible in the area of treatment and resolves within a few hours.
How long does it take to see results?
As soon as 2 weeks following the last (fourth) treatment.
What should I expect following treatment?
Patients experienced approximately 2 inches of fat loss off their waist circumference. Individual results will vary. Some patients may experience mild weight loss, although this does not always occur.
What happens to fat cells after they are treated?
Fat cells that undergo apoptosis (the natural form of cell death) are broken down by our own body’s scavenger cells, filtered through the lymphatic system, metabolized by the liver, and finally eliminated from the body, primarily through urine.
Can it hurt my skin or internal organs?
True V is very safe and has built-in safety measures to ensure patient comfort and health during treatment. The high frequency nature of the device preferentially targets fat. Skin, sweat glands, hair follicles, muscle, and internal organs are not affected by treatment.
If the skin accumulates moisture during treatment, or if the panels are positioned too close to an underlying bone, the patient could feel a “hot spot” on the skin. The panel is simply repositioned and perspiration on the skin is removed by the operator if needed to ensure that treatment is comfortable.
How does this compare to other methods of fat reduction such as liposuction or CoolSculpting?
True V is intended for individuals close to their ideal body weight that struggle with stubborn areas of fat deposition, resistant to dietary and exercise measures. It is not a substitute for liposuction, which allows a greater volume of fat removal. However, for some patients that are not candidates for surgery or who do not wish to undergo surgery, this may be an good treatment option.
Cryolipolysis, often termed “CoolSculpting” by Zeltiq, is a method of non-invasive fat removal that freezes fat, causes fat death and elimination. Like our machine, CoolSculpting is noninvasive and can reduce unwanted fat. However, cryolipolysis is a form of spot treatment for fat reduction. Larger areas such as the abdomen often require multiple applications, each session lasting 1 hour. The fat during treatment is frozen, and must be massaged afterwards, as it feels like a frozen stick of butter after treatment. In a minority of cases, cryolipolysis can cause significant discomfort following treatment, requiring pain medication after treatment. Additionally, cryolipolysis is somewhat technique-dependent. Multiple applicators to treat a large area such as the abdomen must be stacked and overlapped to avoid irregularities following treatment.
Is fat loss permanent?
Yes, as it causes apoptosis (cell death) of fat cells, affected cells are permanently eliminated. So long as weight and diet are maintained, the results following are likely to be permanent.