UltraShape V3 – Fat Reduction


  • Length: 1-1.5 hours
  • Anesthesia: none
  • In/Outpatient: outpatient
  • Side Effects: little or no discomfort, slight redness, tingling
  • Risks: rare blisters, no major risks
  • Recovery:

    Return to work: immediately
    Light exercise: immediately
    Swelling completely resolves: no significant swelling

Liposuction is an effective way to reduce areas of unwanted fat, but it is also an invasive surgical procedure that requires anesthesia, incisions and a period of recovery. This is just one reason non-invasive fat reduction methods are quickly growing in popularity. One of the most advanced, safest and most effective fat reduction technologies is called UltraShape, with the newest version of this technology called the UltraShape V3. Dr. Benchetrit is proud to offer this gold standard of non-surgical body contouring at his plastic surgery Montreal practice.

Body Contouring with UltraShape V3

UltraShape V3 uses focused ultrasound technology, combined with RF (radiofrequency) energy to target localized fat deposits and tighten loose skin. It is most often used on the abdomen, thighs and flanks.

The best UltraShape candidates are in good health and maintain smart eating and exercise habits. The unwanted fat deposits should be localized (i.e., “love handles,” “saddle bags,” “tummy pouch,” etc.). If you are interested in UltraShape V3, you should have reasonably good skin tone and elasticity so the skin will shrink over your body’s new contours after treatment.

What to Expect During Treatment

UltraShape V3 is performed in our office by one of our highly experienced medical estheticians. She will guide the UltraShape handpiece over the treatment area. The handpiece emits focused ultrasound energy which targets and breaks down unwanted fat cells. The ultrasound energy selectively targets only fat at a specific depth; it will not harm skin, blood vessels, nerves or connective tissue. Once the fat cells have been destroyed, the cell’s fat content is carried to the liver by the body’s natural mechanisms and that fat is eventually used up as an energy source.  UltraShape V3 is guided by an advanced computer tracking technology to ensure that the ultrasound beam is delivered smoothly and evenly in the treatment area. The software makes it almost impossible to over treat or undertreat the targeted zone.

Treatment with UltraShape V3 is not painful and does not require anesthesia. There is no downtime or recovery period; you can promptly return to work, exercise and resume your normal routine. This makes UltraShape V3 an excellent option for patients who wish to enhance their appearance, but are not interested in tummy tuck surgery or liposuction.  You should see measurable results from UltraShape treatment in as little as two weeks. UltraShape V3 patients achieve an average circumference reduction of four to five centimeters after three treatment sessions. These statistics come from our own studies and follow-up on over 700 patients. Some patients will lose less than that but we have also had patients who have lost as much as 12 cms.

UltraShape V3 does not require maintenance treatments. The fat cells are permanently destroyed, as with liposuction.

How Does UltraShape V3 Compare to Liposuction and Similar Technologies?

Liposuction remains the gold standard for the removal of unwanted fat and so far, no non-invasive technology has the same predictability and level of results. UltraShape was the first technology to actually destroy fat cells non-surgically, as compared to many devices that simply massage the fat and temporarily give the impression of a slimmer contour. So, while UltraShape V3 does not replace liposuction, it is the best non-invasive alternative to liposuction for patients who don’t want surgery, downtime, anesthesia, bruising, etc.

While UltraShape was the first effective “fat-busting” device, there are now others on the marketplace. Liposonix is a device that also uses ultrasound to destroy fat. However, it uses a very different form of ultrasound, one that actually “cooks” the fat by heating it to very high temperatures. This causes significant pain during the procedure, as well as visible side effects such as bruising and protracted swelling. UltraShape V3 has no side effects. Zeltiq (“CoolSculpting”) uses a different approach, by freezing the fat cells, causing them to “die slowly” (apoptosis) over several months after the treatment. The Zeltiq treatments are very lengthy and limited to areas where the adapter can grasp the fat, as compared to the UltraShape hand piece which can be applied to more discrete and irregular areas of unwanted fat (i.e., the inner thighs). Also, with Zeltiq, the results are not visible for several months and nerve pain and loss of sensation has been reported. UltraShape V3 results are visible in as little as two weeks and there is no nerve injury of any kind.

Why Choose Dr. Benchetrit and His Staff for Your UltraShape V3 Treatment?

Dr. Benchetrit and his staff have been performing UltraShape treatments since 2007. He was the first plastic surgeon in Canada to receive the device and they have treated over 700 patients in that time. Dr. Benchetrit’s clinic is a leading center for research for UltraShape and in fact they were the first clinic in the world to receive the latest version of the technology, the V3. Dr. Benchetrit has published articles on UltraShape and has presented at scientific meetings all over the world on this amazing technology. His medical estheticians are among the most experienced and talented operators of this device on the planet and are often called upon to train technicians from other clinics. Because of his unparalleled experience and knowledge of this technology, Dr. Benchetrit is a media resource in the field of non-surgical body contouring and has been interviewed many times on the issue, including on “Good Morning America” in the U.S. If there are any new advances in this domain you can be sure that Dr. Benchetrit and his staff will be amongst the first to know and use them to help you obtain the best results.

Schedule a Consultation 

Would you like to slim down with UltraShape V3? Contact our office at 514-695-7450 to learn more about this fat reduction method from Dr. Benchetrit and our team.