Frequently Asked Questions

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Does the TriSculpt® process leave scars on my body?

The entry sites made with our TriSculpt® Body Contouring technique are small and placed as inconspicuously as possible. Since there are no stitches, there are usually no visible scars. The original incision marks on most patients are difficult to identify in 12 months and usually fade away with time.

Who is not a candidate for TriSculpt® Body Contouring?

TriSculpt® Body Contouring may not be suited for individuals with:
* Uncontrolled Diabetes
* Liver problems
* Blood disorders
* Kidney problems
* Heart problems
* History of keloid scarring
* A BMI (Body Mass Index) over 40
* If you cannot ambulate
* Currently using Coumadin or Warfarin
* Organ transplant list
* Oxygen use while awake

What areas of the body can be treated with the TriSculpt® process?

Unlike traditional liposuction, TriSculpt® Body Contouring can treat almost any part of the body. The most popular area for men and women is the abdomen and “love handles”. Our technique allows Sono Bello physicians to treat chins, arms and breasts with far faster recovery and less bruising. TriSculpt® has been designed to treat localized pockets of fat in the following areas:
1. Waist
2. Chin (double or hanging chin)
3. Inner and outer thighs
4. Hips
5. Buttocks
6. Upper arms
7. Face (not around eyes)
8. Male breasts (gynecomastia)

How much fat can TriSculpt® Body Contouring remove?

TriSculpt® Body Contouring can remove up to 70% of the fat in a treated area. The percentage of fat removed depends on the amount of fat present, the fibrosity of the patient’s fat (some patients have harder fat than others) and the aesthetic goal to be achieved. A good way to estimate your final results with TriSculpt® is to pinch the area you want to have treated and feel how deeply the muscles are beneath the skin. Feeling the muscle is most easily done by contracting the muscle and rubbing your hands over the skin. The distance between the skin and the outside of the tensed muscle is the thickness of your fat layer. If you would be satisfied with a 50% reduction in the fat layer, you would be a good candidate and pleased with your TriSculpt® Body Contouring results.

Is there discomfort during the TriSculpt™® process?

The level of discomfort is different for every patient. As our TriSculpt® process removes fat, the smart lipo laser coagulates the loose ends of small blood vessels. Compression garments and natural healing does the rest of the work to contract the treated area and overlying skin. After the anesthesia has worn off, our patients tell us that it only feels like the aches and pains you have after a vigorous workout which can be relieved, if you wish, with over-the-counter pain medications. Many of our patients feel comfortable returning to work within a day or two but we do advise you to take it easy for a few days after the procedure.

Can I drive myself home after the TriSculpt® process?

No. We require that you have a responsible adult sign you out after your procedure and stay with you for 24 hours. This allows us to give you additional medication during your procedure to keep you comfortable and relaxed.

What happens to the skin after the TriSculpt® process removes the fat?

One of the wonderful benefits of Sono Bello’s TriSculpt® Body Contouring technique is that it leads to the formation of new collagen which promotes skin tightening. Immediately following the procedure the skin will be loose where the fat was removed, however, within 24 hours the skin’s natural retraction and the body’s normal healing mechanisms help the skin to tighten and return to nearly the same as it was prior to the procedure. Over the next 6 to 8 weeks, the skin continues to firm up over the new contour and is usually tighter and more toned than before the procedure. For patients above age 60 or patients who have lost significant weight, complete retraction of the skin is not possible. If you have any questions, your Sono Bello physician will give you realistic expectations about your outcome.

Will I be awake or under general anesthesia?

You will be awake because our techniques only require localized numbing of the treated areas, NOT general anesthesia. This translates into faster recovery and less downtime. If you are concerned that you will be nervous, just talk to your doctor. We can provide you with medicine to relax and calm you during surgery to make the experience as pleasant as possible.

What about gynecomastia treatment for men?

Some men suffer from abnormally large breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia. Sono Bello’s TriSculpt® process is a great solution to this concern. It not only permanently removes the fat, but allows the physician to more accurately sculpt the treatment area.

Will I develop fat in weird places after I have my TriSculpt® body contouring process?

No. It is a common but false myth that the fat removed by liposuction grows back in other places after the procedure. The number of fat cells your body has was finalized by the time you finished puberty. Once you become an adult, your body does not make any more fat cells.

How long will the bruising and swelling last after TriSculpt®?

The duration of bruising and swelling after your procedure varies between patients and depends on the areas treated. Some patients have almost no swelling or bruising while others may experience some for up to a few weeks.

What happens if I gain weight after the TriSculpt® body contouring process?

If a person gains weight after TriSculpt® Body Contouring, it typically will be gained primarily in areas that were not treated. While it is possible to gain weight again in the treated areas (since we generally can only remove about 70% of the fat cells), after Sono Bello treats an area there simply won’t be as many fat cells left to expand there if a patient does gain weight later.

Will the TriSculpt® process help cellulite or sagging skin?

Sono Bello’s new TriSculpt® technique can improve the appearance of cellulite and help to promote skin tightening. However the degree to which each patient will see improvement varies. Some patients enjoy remarkable reduction in their cellulite while others see little change. Because the amount of cellulite improvement cannot be predicted, TriSculpt® is not considered a treatment for cellulite. If you are over 60 and have very little skin elasticity or have undergone a massive weight loss, your skin may have permanent wrinkling that looks somewhat like cellulite. If cellulite reduction is your goal, note that Sono Bello offers a new FDA-approved non-surgical procedure called VelaShape that offers consistently impressive results.

Can body contouring still work if I am older or don’t have much skin elasticity?

Yes, because Sono Bello’s techniques promote skin tightening. Many patients with poor skin elasticity enjoy excellent results with TriSculpt® and are very pleased with the amount of skin retraction. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your particular situation.

How much bruising or swelling will I have after TriSculpt®?

Sono Bello’s TriSculpt® technique causes far less tissue trauma and inflammation than traditional liposuction; bruising and swelling are reduced. Some patients have almost no swelling or bruising while others may experience some for up to a few weeks.

How long before I can go back to work after TriSculpt®?

How quickly our patients return to work depends on many factors including which areas were treated, body mass index, age and their personal discomfort tolerance. Many patients should be able to return to normal desk-type work within a few days and although soreness and tenderness will limit the speed with which a patient can move about, patients should be reasonably comfortable while sitting at a desk or working at a computer. Remember though that everybody is unique and accordingly your experience may vary.

How long until I can exercise after TriSculpt®?

Every patient is different and everybody recovers at a different pace. Many patients have resumed their exercising routine within a few days after the procedure. We recommend that patients start out by doing about 25% of their usual amount of exercise. Then, keep increasing the level as it is comfortable. If you run or enjoy vigorous aerobics, feel free to wear the compression garment we give you for 3 to 4 weeks or until your skin fully retracts.

How long will it be until I see results after TriSculpt®?

Final results vary from patient to patient; by age, area treated, amount of fat removed, and individual healing rates. Some patients see immediate results that continue to become even more impressive. Others experience minor swelling so that it takes a few months until the final results can be appreciated, even though substantial amounts of fat may have been removed. As a general rule, young patients tend to heal quicker and have less discomfort (although final results often take longer because young patients retain fluid longer than older patients). The timing for results also varies by area. Some, like the chin, show almost immediate improvement while other areas, like the abdomen, take longer for final results. There is no way to predict ahead of time your healing speed, fluid retention, or how quickly you will see the final results. On average however, most patients enjoy 80% of their ultimate results within three to four months following their procedure.

Does TriSculpt® Body Contouring produce permanent results?

Yes! The TriSculpt® process immediately and permanently removes fat. Adults do not create new fat cells. When a person gains weight, fat cells expand. Should you gain weight in the future, fat will tend to accumulate in areas where the procedure was not performed (where there are more remaining fat cells).

Who is a good candidate for TriSculpt® Body Contouring?

TriSculpt® is an excellent technique for removal of fat from difficult areas of the body that don’t respond to diet and exercise. If you’re in good health, have an active lifestyle and areas of fat you’d like to have permanently removed, talk with us about what we can do for you at Sono Bello.

How long after TriSculpt® does the soreness or tenderness persist?

The best analogy our patients have given us is that TriSculpt® Body Contouring feels similar to a good, hard work out. You will feel good the day of the procedure, but will most likely wake up with a bit of soreness the next day. Many of our patients don’t feel they need any more than Ibuprofen or Tylenol and recovery is aided by light exercise, like walking. We also provide a compression garment to help to minimize discomfort and swelling. This should be worn for the first 4-5 days. Some patients choose to wear the compression garment during exercise or strenuous activities (when skin is likely to jiggle) for a few weeks after the procedure.

How will this affect my schedule after the TriSculpt® process?

Following your procedure you will walk out and be able to perform mild activities. Our Laser Assisted Body Contouring technique is far less impacting than traditional liposuction, which usually requires weeks of recovery and a possible overnight stay when performed with heavy anesthesia. We encourage you to take it easy for a few days, but this is dependent on how your individual body heals. Many patients return to normal activities within a few days.

How long do Sono Bello results last?

The TriSculpt process immediately and permanently removes fat cells. Because adults do not create new fat cells, as long as the patient maintains their weight the results are permanent.  Sono Bello Chief Medical Officer Dr. Christopher Chung explains, ‘In my experience, most patients are so pleased with the shape changes achieved with liposuction that they enlist in healthier lifestyles and do not see fat deposition in other areas.’  For many patients having surgery is a jumping-off point for a future of eating right and staying fit.

Does fat come back after Sono Bello?

The fat cells removed through Sono Bello TriSculpt are permanently gone. Sono Bello Medical Officer Dr. Christopher Chung explains, ‘If a patient gains a significant amount of weight, the fat in the area of the liposuction is NOT the primary focus site for weight gain. We also use techniques so that if weight is gained, that area will enlarge in harmony with the body.  Genetics, gender, and age also influence where the secondary fat may be gained.’

Why Sono Bello?

We have over 125 Board Certified Plastic and Facial Plastic Surgeons who have collectively done well over 150,000 procedures. All of our procedures are done in the comfort of our AAAHC accredited offices, without the need for general anesthesia or intravenous anesthesia. We customize each procedure for your unique facial aging concerns and goals. Each of our physicians is a seasoned expert who cares about your health and satisfaction, backed up by a company with a proven track record for helping patients meet their aesthetic goals.

How experienced are Sono Bello physicians and their medical team?

We specialize in total body transformation. It’s all we do. Sono Bello physicians are highly-trained in micro laser technology and perform thousands of body contouring and facial rejuvenation procedures every year. Our team approach gives patients the highest degree of attention and care.

Are consultations required?

Yes, and they are free. Every person is unique and we cannot schedule a procedure without meeting with you first. We will explain all the benefits of our unique procedures, discuss your goals and expectations, answer questions, develop a customized treatment plan for you, and provide you with a specific cost estimate. If you would like to take advantage of any of the special financing options we have pre-arranged, this is a good time to ask about them. Our consultations are free because we believe that you need a risk and obligation free opportunity to carefully investigate your options.

Are consultations really free?

We do not charge for consultations at Sono Bello because we believe it is so important to thoroughly discuss your options before considering any type of body contouring procedure. So if you have questions about body contouring and our unique techniques, if you want to talk about your hopes and expectations, if you want to find out what your customized procedure would cost, please call 1.800.995.1136 to schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation.

Do you offer payment plans?

Special Financing Options are available.

Do you perform your procedure in an accredited facility and why is that important?

Yes. Sono Bello follows the operation guidelines provided by AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, that has closely examined our facilities, systems, policies and procedures. It means that we, as an organization, have demonstrated the highest level of care and safety in meeting or exceeding all state and federal guidelines. At Sono Bello, we believe strongly you deserve the highest quality of health care and accreditation is one more way that we at Sono Bello are putting our patients first because your safety and complete satisfaction are our top priorities.

How much does it cost at Sono Bello?

Our pricing is specific to each person depending on what procedures they would like done, how much fat they would like removed, the number of areas treated, their BMI, age, and overall health.  Sono Bello also has monthly specials and several financing options.  Because we exclusively focus on body contouring and laser liposuction, our specialization allows us to offer exceptional results at affordable prices.  Our body transformations are achievable on practically any budget. We work with multiple financial providers to help in developing customized financing and payment plans for our patients.

Is Sono Bello legit?

Yes, Sono Bello follows the operation guidelines provided by the AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization that has closely examined our facilities, systems, policies, and procedures.  It means that we as an organization have demonstrated the highest level of care and safety in meeting or exceeding all state and federal guidelines. We have over 125 Board Certified Plastic Surgeons who have collectively done well over 200,000 procedures.  All our procedures are done in our AAAHC accredited offices and our surgeons are highly trained in micro laser technology and specialize in the art and science of superior plastic surgery.  Liposuction is all we do which allows for our surgeons to be the best in the field.

Does health insurance cover Sono Bello?

Sono Bello procedures are elective so they are not covered by insurance, but we do have several finance plans making our body transformations achievable on practically any budget.

How painful is Sono Bello?

Our patients tell us recovery from a TriSculpt procedure feels like the aches and pains you have after a vigorous workout.  This can be relieved, if you wish, with over-the-counter pain medication.  Many of our patients feel comfortable enough to return to work within 3 days, depending on the number of areas treated and amount of fat removed. Our medical team works with patients to manage pain issues throughout the recovery period, typically meeting with patients 1 week, 3 months, and 6 months post-procedure to assess results and discuss recovery issues.

What are the side effects of Sono Bello?

Most patients experience some bruising after surgery and there are very small incisions that barely leave a scar.  Usually a year after surgery it is impossible to even find where the incisions were. Sono Bello Chief Medical Officer Dr. Christopher Chung explains, ‘Patients see consistent and predictable improvement in body contouring and volume reduction leading to a slimmer and more proportional body.’  The only true side effect of Sono Bello is the confidence that comes with a beautiful body. 

How soon will people notice?

There will be some swelling initially, but the good news is you don’t swell any bigger than you start, so most will notice a gradual change, like natural weight loss.

Can I move my neck the next day?

Yes! It will feel stiff and sore but you’ll be able to function normally.

Will I have loose skin?

The laser helps with skin retraction, so if you are good candidate with good skin laxity the laser will help the skin bounce back, avoiding loose skin.

What is the post-procedure process for recovery?

A compression garment is worn for the first 3 days, 24 hours a day, and the following 7 days for 12 hours a night, and normal basic daily activity can be resumed immediately.

How long do I have to wear the garment?

It can vary patient to patient, but on average, it’s worn for 3 days for 24 hours a day, and the next 7 days for 12 hours, generally at night.

How is this different from a facelift / other double-chin treatments like Kybella?

A facelift is pulling the muscle structure tighter, we are simply removing the fat deposits on under the chin and along the jaw and neckline, while tightening the skin with the laser. A facelift is for more advanced aging correction.  Kybella is a series of injections with significant swelling and long wait for results, whereas Sono Bello’s TriSculpt is less invasive, and great for reducing double chins, defining the jawline, and boosting self-confidence by thinning the profile.  Sono Bello’s TriSculpt is also a one-day procedure.

Can you treat my jowls?

We do treat along the jawline, but not up into the cheeks.  While we do not perform liposuction on the face or jowls, you may notice tightening and lifting in the jowls area as a result of the laser used to tighten the skin in the chin.

Will there be scars / will I be bruised, and if so how bad?

The short-term bruising is easily covered with make-up and generally subsides in about 7 days. Overall since we’re completing a minimally invasive incision there are no extensive scars to heal.


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