UltraShape is a nonsurgical procedure that uses targeted ultrasound technology. It’s a fat-reduction treatment designed to eliminate fat cells in the abdominal area, but it’s not a weight loss solution.
Ideal candidates should be able to pinch at least an inch of fat in their midsection and have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less.
The UltraShape procedure is noninvasive, so you won’t need anesthesia. The ultrasound technology targets fat cells in the abdominal area without damaging surrounding tissue. As fat cells walls are destroyed, fat is released in the form of triglycerides. Your liver processes triglycerides and removes them from your body.
UltraShape is FDA-cleared to target fat cells in the following areas:
. in abdominal circumference
. on the flanks
Aside from a tingling or warming feeling during the procedure, most people experience little to no discomfort. Because of the measured energy of the UltraShape technology, fat cells should be destroyed without harming the skin or nearby nerves, blood vessels, and muscles.
Some people have reported bruising immediately following the procedure. Rarely, you may experience blisters.
According to the 2016 clinical data, UltraShape doesn’t cause pain, and 100 percent of people reported the treatment as being comfortable.
Schedule an appointment with an UltraShape provider to see if it’s the right fit for your body and your expectations. UltraShape is noninvasive, so little preparation is needed before treatment. But in general, try to incorporate healthy lifestyle choices into your routine before treatment to maximize UltraShape results. That includes following a nutritious, balanced diet, and exercising at least 20 minutes a day.
Your doctor might recommend that you drink about 10 cups of water the day of the treatment to stay hydrated. You should also avoid smoking for a few days before treatment.
The procedure usually takes up to one hour. Your doctor will apply a gel to the targeted area and place a special belt around your abdomen. They’ll then place the transducer over the treatment area. The transducer delivers focused, pulsed ultrasound energy at a depth of 1 1/2 centimeters below the surface of the skin. This technique can stress the fat cell membranes and cause them to rupture. After the procedure the remaining gel is wiped off, and you can return to your daily activities.
UltraShape Power was cleared by the FDA in 2016. It’s the newest version of the original UltraShape technology.
Regular day-to-day activity can be resumed immediately after treatment in most cases.
Results may be seen in as little as two weeks after the first UltraShape treatment. For optimal results, it’s recommended that you receive three treatments, spaced two weeks apart. Your UltraShape provider will help you decide how many treatments are necessary for your individual needs.
Once the treatment eliminates the targeted fat cells, they can’t regenerate. However, other fat cells in the surrounding areas can grow bigger, so maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine after UltraShape is paramount.
UltraShape and CoolSculpting are both noninvasive body contouring procedures that target fat cells in specific areas of the body. There are differences to keep in mind.
uses ultrasound technology to target fat cells
uses controlled cooling to freeze and destroy fat cells
FDA cleared in 2014, non-invasive
FDA cleared in 2012, non-invasive
abdominal area, flanks
upper arms, abdomen, flanks, thighs, back, underneath the buttocks, under the chin
gentle on the skin, and typically has little to no side effects or discomfort
associated with minor redness, tenderness, or bruising