Who doesn’t want a silhouette with harmonious contours? Yet, sometimes, despite a healthy lifestyle (including physical activity and a balanced diet), some areas of fat deposits prove resistant.
Surgeries such as abdominoplasty or liposculpture may seem invasive and off-putting for many people. However, non-surgical and non-invasive treatment options are also available. Hotsculpting is one of these alternatives that destroys fat cells and tightens the skin without surgery.
What is Hotsculpting?
Hotsculpting involves Fotona’s SP Dynamis technology, a combination of two lasers (with different wavelengths) used to treat several medical and aesthetic skin problems.
To achieve results similar to those obtained by Hotsculpting, other non-invasive treatments available on the market require two distinct procedures: one for fat reduction and the other one for tightening the skin subsequently.
Hotsculpting is, therefore, one of the only non-invasive treatments that combines two procedures in one!
How does it work?
Laser energy targets subcutaneous fat cells by gently safely heating them. This process destroys these fat cells, which will be permanently eliminated by the body while preserving the epidermis and surrounding tissues. This step also stimulates the production of new collagen.
Simultaneously, the laser heat contracts the existing collagen fibres and tightens the skin by stimulating repair. This process helps with toning the skin.
What are the treated areas?
Hotsculpting can treat these areas: the abdomen, sides, waist, arms, and inner and outer thighs.
What should I expect during a Hotsculpting session?
Every person is different. However, the treatment is practically painless, sometimes causing very slight discomfort. Immediately after the procedure, redness or slight swelling may appear. These will fade after a few hours.
As the treatment does not require recovery, you can resume your daily activities immediately after the treatment.
What are the effects?
The Fotona laser produces intense heat over the treated area. At first, progressive heat will be felt and then replaced by short sensations of heat in the treated area. The feeling is bearable and is comparable to a hot stone massage or a sauna.
The second part of the treatment, the firming part, involves more superficial heat. The heat felt maybe more intense depending on the treated areas while remaining very tolerable.
After the treatment, the skin surface remains warm to the touch and pink or even red traces can be observed during the first few days. Slight desquamation of the superficial layers of the skin may occur in the first few weeks after the treatment. It is recommended to moisturize your skin well after the treatment and drink a lot of water.
How many sessions are required?
An average of 3 sessions is required to achieve optimal results and significant aesthetic improvement. Several factors can influence the number of sessions, such as the amount of fat to be eliminated. The sessions will be spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.
Moreover, over time, skin tissue sagging can occur, which is also affected by weight variations that may require ongoing maintenance treatments. During the consultation, Dr. Bernier will discuss your expectations and how to achieve them realistically.
How long before I see results?
Results vary from one individual to another. Most patients can immediately perceive the tightening of the skin. Then, a progressive change can be noticed in the silhouette during the fat cell elimination process. Hotsculpting results can be seen quickly, within 2 to 3 months. Moreover, Hotsculpting does not require any recovery or post-treatment care other than hydrating the skin well!
This results in a more defined silhouette and improved skin elasticity in the treated areas.
What is the difference between Hotsculpting and Coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting uses cold to freeze and destroy fat cells. Hotsculpting uses laser induced heat to destroy these cells and tighten the skin simultaneously. The dual process of Hotsculpting is unique because not only does it target fat cells, but it also firms the skin to prevent sagging after the procedure. It does not require pulling or stretching the skin during the treatment, such as performed during Coolsculpting, which reduces the risk of skin sagging.
On the other hand, Hotsculpting can treat larger areas, such as arms, which are more difficult to treat with other techniques.