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After working hard to achieve major weight loss, it can be frustrating to be left with loose, sagging skin. That is why it is important to consider Acqua Blu Medical Spa’s multiple body contouring procedures in Pittsburgh, PA or Wexford, PA. Our skin rejuvenation specialists may recommend certain minimally invasive techniques to help you attain smoother skin and leaner lines.

We also offer ways to remove unwanted hair, leaving skin even smoother with our laser hair removal. All of our body contouring tools have been designed to eliminate fat cells using the latest technology in medicine. Fat cells are targeted and removed without damaging the surrounding skin, muscles, or nerves. Three of our most popular solutions for fat removal and body sculpting are called:

Body sculpting tends to work well for both men and women; however, the ideal candidates are relatively healthy and are not significantly overweight. The best results are seen by those who have specific areas of the body that they would like to refine or reshape. Each procedure generally takes just over an hour. Unlike surgical procedures, body sculpting requires little to no downtime and provides results that continue to improve week after week. Typically, the cost is significantly lower than surgical procedures.

Are you excited about the prospect of a better body while also wondering if you are a good candidate for one of our body sculpting procedures? At Acqua Blu Medical Spa close to areas like Upper Saint Clair, PA or Morgantown, West Virginia, we can help you choose the best path for your journey to a trimmer you! Please explore our body contouring treatments and contact our medical spa to schedule your consultation.

UltraShape Power™

UltraShape Power is the latest in body contouring procedures; it is a non invasive, nonsurgical, FDA-approved fat removal device. Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Wexford and Pittsburgh, PA is excited to announce that we are the first to offer UltraShape Power in the TriState area.

How does UltraShape work?

This effective, new procedure uses pulsed and focused ultrasound energy to eliminate stubborn abdominal fat. Developed by Syneron Candela, the UltraShape body contouring machine does not require any anesthesia and does not damage any of the surrounding tissue. While fat cells are destroyed, the fat is released as triglycerides; wherein, your liver will process it and remove it from your body.

How long is the procedure?

The UltraShape body contouring procedure usually takes between 30 minutes to one hour. Your doctor will apply a gel over the treatment area and a special belt around your abdomen, wherein, the transducer will be placed over the specific area to deliver ultrasound energy at 1 ½ centimeters underneath the surface of the skin. Afterwards, you can wipe off the gel and return to your normal activities.

For optimal results, we usually suggest three treatments that are spaced at least two weeks apart. During your consultation, we will work with you to determine what is necessary for you and your body’s individual needs.

Are there any risks or side effects/Does it hurt?

No, apart from feeling a tingling sensation, most people will experience little to no discomfort from this non invasive procedure. Since the ultrasound energy is measured appropriately, no surrounding skin, nerves, blood vessels, or muscles will be hurt. From 2016’s clinical data, 100% of patients felt no pain and reported that the treatment was comfortable.

Is there any downtime?

Like most of Acqua Blu Medical Spa’s body contouring procedures, there is no downtime, and normal activities can be resumed right afterward. Results can be seen in as few as two weeks following the treatment!

Who is an ideal candidate?

UltraShape Power is not a weight loss solution, but rather a means of ridding the body of stubborn hard-to-lose weight. We recommend that you maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine afterward so as to avoid the regeneration of fat cells.

Ideal candidates should be able to pinch at least an inch of fat from around their midsection. We also believe that those with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less are perfect for this procedure.

What are the benefits of this body contouring procedure?

Aside from the advantage of the ease and comfort of its application, UltraShape Power also provides many other benefits, such as:

  • No size or body shape limitation
  • Injection-free
  • Non invasive with minimal discomfort
  • Nonsurgical outpatient procedure
  • Visible results

How would you compare CoolSculpting with UltraShape?

Please take a look at our infographic before deciding on either CoolSculpting or UltraShape.


The CoolSculpting fat freezing procedure eliminates stubborn fat safely and effectively, without any downtime. This nonsurgical and non invasive fat reduction treatment is the only FDA-approved procedure that uses controlled cooling to safely target and eliminate diet and exercise-resistant fat. The results from the CoolSculpting body contouring procedure are proven, noticeable, and lasting, letting you look and feel great from every angle.

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How Can You Freeze Away Fat?

It comes down to a science; fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than surrounding tissues. CoolSculpting technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), and then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.


You can reshape your body! We will develop a customized CoolSculpting treatment plan that addresses your problem areas. With additional sessions and an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget, we can even further enhance your results.

It’s easy to sit back, relax, and say goodbye to stubborn fat. After we select the area(s) to be treated, the device is positioned on your body, and controlled cooling is applied. During your procedure, you may choose to read, check your email, or even take a nap.

The CoolSculpting fat freezing procedure is completely non-surgical, so you can typically return to work and normal activities immediately.

You will like what you see. In the weeks and months following your procedure, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’ll be gone for good.

Are you ready to love every view of you? The sooner you set up your consultation, the sooner you’ll see results in the mirror. Contact Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh, PA or Wexford, PA to schedule your complimentary consultation and find out if CoolSculpting is right for you.

Am I a good candidate?

Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas that they would like to get rid of. The CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure is specifically designed for those who have unwanted fat that is resistant to both diet and exercise. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese. Rather, it is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Request a complimentary consultation with our physician assistants to determine if CoolSculpting is right for you.

How much does the CoolSculpting procedure cost?

The price for CoolSculpting procedures vary depending on your areas of concern, the number of sessions needed, and your ultimate goals. We will help create a customized treatment plan, in person, that’s tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget.

How long is each session? How many sessions will I need?

We will help you create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. The length of your non invasive CoolSculpting session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. We may schedule additional sessions in order to meet your goals.

Where does the fat go? Are the results permanent?

Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), your body processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells. When the treated fat cells are gone, it’s permanent.

What does it feel like?

As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you will feel pressure and intense cold, which soon dissipates. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their treatment.

Is the CoolSculpting procedure safe?

The CoolSculpting nonsurgical procedure is FDA-cleared for the flank (love handles), abdomen, chin, and thigh. With over one million CoolSculpting treatments performed worldwide, it is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for non-surgical fat reduction in certain areas of the body.

Are there any side effects?

During the procedure, you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness, or discomfort. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, and pain. Rare side effects may also occur.

The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. The CoolSculpting procedure is not a treatment for obesity. As with any medical procedure, ask us if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.

Can I return to normal activities after my treatment?

Yes, you can. The CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically, you can return to normal activities immediately. Often, patients return to work after their CoolSculpting session is over.

When will I see results?

You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, but more dramatic results may not be visible until after two months. Your body will still flush out fat cells, and continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.

Do I need to take special supplements or follow a strict diet and exercise program?

No supplements or pills are required, and you do not have to adopt new diet and exercise habits. Many patients feel more motivated to take care of themselves after their CoolSculpting treatment. It is as if they get a second lease on their body and want to start anew again by taking even better care of themselves.

What happens if I gain weight down the road?

Many people, after seeing the results from their CoolSculpting procedure, do not encounter this issue; however, if you do gain weight, you may gain it evenly all over your body instead of just in the treated areas.

Before & After

Results and patient experience may vary. Photos courtesy of Acqua Blu Medical Spa.

Pre-CoolSculpting 4 Months After 2 Treatments
Pre-CoolSculpting 4 Months After 2 Treatments
Pre-CoolSculpting 4 Months After 2 Treatments
Pre-CoolSculpting 4 Months After 2 Treatments
Pre-CoolSculpting 4 Months After 2 Treatments

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Sciton’s ProLipo Plus

Sciton’s ProLipo Plus™ is a minimally invasive, ultra high-powered body contouring laser that melts unwanted fat and coagulates tissue, resulting in a tighter, slimmer body. The body contouring procedure ProLipo Plus™ allows Dr. Heil to beautifully contour your body without having to use general anesthesia, make large cuts, or require you to take weeks out of your life to recover. The most common areas for the fat removal procedure are the tummy, the waist and flanks, the face and neck, the arms, the buttocks, and the inner and outer thighs. Not only will your treatment result in less fat, but also the skin will become visibly more firm and tightened.

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Achieve the best body contouring outcome available at Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Wexford and Pittsburgh, PA without invasive surgery by using ProLipo Plus™. Your results can include:

  • A flatter tummy
  • A slimmer waist
  • A contoured back and bra line
  • Slimmer and trimmer arms
  • Leaner thighs
  • A contoured jawline

How does it work?

The laser energy delivered by ProLipo Plus™ will gently melt the fat, allowing for easier removal. The laser is also used to treat the underside of the skin, which stimulates your skin cells to regenerate new collagen. The result gives you a slimmer profile with firmer and tighter skin.

What is the procedure like?

Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. If you desire, a mild sedative can be prescribed, but this is not necessary, and most patients remain awake throughout the procedure. Doctor Heil will make very small incisions (~2 mm) and numb the area to be treated using a cannula. Once the area is numb, a small laser will be introduced through the same small incisions. You will feel some pressure, but you will be comfortable.

After the laser treatment, he will apply suction to remove the melted fat. Depending on your individual treatment plan, he may choose to return with the laser to tighten the tissue, or he may choose to combine the fat melting and skin tightening treatment during the first pass with the laser. Your procedure time will vary depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type of procedure performed, but the procedure time typically takes a little more than two hours. All of these options will be discussed with you at the consultation.

The fat removal procedure is minimally invasive and safe. There is no need for general anesthesia, and it can be completed in the comfort of our office instead of requiring an operating suite.

More than one area can be treated, and Dr. Heil will personalize a treatment plan based on the outcomes you desire. Dr. Heil and his staff may also combine your treatment with other popular aesthetic procedures to further tailor your treatment.

Is there any downtime?

You may experience some bruising and swelling that should resolve within a few days to a few weeks, depending on the area and individual healing. You will be able to walk immediately post-procedure and able to return to activities within a few days. We will guide you personally regarding the amount of activity that is appropriate for you, and make sure that all patients have the relevant information about post-treatment care and results.

It’s important to follow all the aftercare instructions. You will be provided compression garments. Please, carefully follow instructions on how to use them. This is a minimally invasive and safe procedure with virtually no downtime. In most cases, you can return to work within a few days and resume most activities shortly after.

Call us today to set up an appointment near areas like Upper Saint Clair, PA and Morgantown, West Virginia for your consultation; all ProLipo Plus™ treatments require a consultation with Dr. Heil prior to your treatment.