I have always been a normal weight and never really struggled with any weight or fat issues, however once I reached my mid-thirties I began to notice a gradual increase in the amount of fat around my abdomen. I have a healthy diet and keep reasonably fit and active, but the bulge around my tummy has stubbornly refused to go away.

Check out that tummy bulge!

Check out that tummy bulge!

So when I heard about truSculpt, the latest device by Cutera for stubborn fat reduction, I jumped at the opportunity to try it. TruSculpt is a radiofrequency device designed to cause fat apoptosis, or fat destruction. The probe transmits heat through the skin to the fat. The sustained heat damages the fat cells and the body subsequently removes these damaged cells. Once these fat cells have been removed, they don’t come back, as long as you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.

I had an initial appointment with Dr Theva Thevakumar in Camberwell, Victoria, to determine my eligibility for the treatment. After discussing my diet and lifestyle, as well as my concerns about the weight gain around my abdomen, he concluded that I am a suitable candidate. I am 160cm tall and weigh 57kg – this puts my BMI at 22, which is within the normal range. TruScuplt is designed for treating areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. It is not intended for people who are obese, or who have BMI greater than 28.

The typical treatment regime is three treatments, each one month apart. So I booked in for my first treatment last week. When the day came around, I was feeling excited and a little nervous. Dr Theva reassured me and explained the treatment in detail. He also took my waist measurement to have a baseline before treatment.

First Dr Theva placed a warm wheat bag over the area prior to treatment to warm up the fat. This was done in order to minimise any discomfort from the fat being heated from cold to hot – the truSculpt machine heats the fat to 45 degrees Celsius, so if the fat is already warm then the temperature difference is less and the discomfort from the rapidly heating fat is reduced.

After a couple of minutes of warming with the wheat bag, the treatment commenced. The handpiece treats a 40 cm2 area at a time, and each area is treated for four minutes. (There is also a 16 cm2 handpiece available to treat smaller areas such as the chin).

The first area hurt the most – I experienced some moderate but bearable discomfort. However after that, the treatment was quite comfortable. It’s like when you first get into a hot bath – it feels a bit too hot for a few moments until your body warms up and adjusts to the temperature.

The subsequent areas treated felt warm but not painful. After about 40 minutes we were done. The whole experience was quite relaxing really!

Dr Theva called me the next day to follow up and see how I was going. I had some minor tenderness and redness for a couple of hours after the treatment, but by the next day I had no discomfort or issues whatsoever.

I’m looking forward to my next treatment in a month’s time and seeing some results – stay tuned for my next update!



Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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