Body Contouring Specialist

DuPont Institute

Mary C. DuPont, MD, FPMRS, FACS

Aesthetic Specialist & Surgeon located in Chevy Chase, MD

You eat well and you exercise, but you’re still frustrated by problem areas on your body that you just can’t seem to get rid of. With truSculpt 3D, you can decrease circumference and diminish unwanted pockets of fat – and reveal the new figure you’ve been seeking. It’s a safe, effective procedure – with no surgery and no downtime. If you have cellulite and areas that need just a little tightening and contouring, VelaShape® III may be for you. This noninvasive procedure uses radio-frequency, pulsed vacuum, and infrared energy to improve your skin’s texture and reduce its volume. Dr. Mary DuPont offers VelaShape III at her practice, the DuPont Aesthetics, serving patients in and near Chevy Chase, Potomac, Rockville, Bethesda, and the Washington D.C area in Maryland. Contact the office today or use the online booking tool to take advantage of this body-sculpting technology.

Body Contouring

What is truSculpt 3D?   trusculpt before and after

The Cutera truSculpt 3D is a radio-frequency medical device used for body contouring.  The treatment will heat tissue to achieve a clinical result of diminishing fat and circumference.  Patients will feel a warming sensation that intensifies over the treatment session time.  The target temperature will increase slowly so the patient can acclimate comfortably.  The temperature can be decreased quickly if desired by the patient.


How many treatments are required?

For circumferential reduction, typically one treatment is recommended.  A repeat treatment can be performed, if desired, in six weeks.  Patients typically see results after 6 to 8 weeks.  Maximum results may take up to 12 weeks to appear.  Deep tissue heating may take 2 to 4 treatments to see results and these treatments are seen 4 to 6  weeks apart.  Full results may take 8 to 12 weeks to appear. On average, patients who’ve had this treatment have experienced an average of 24% reduction in fat thickness* in a single treatment.

Am I a candidate for truSculpt 3D? trusculpt before and after

Ideal patients typically have a BMI of less than 30. 

How long does a treatment take? 

The length of your procedure will depend on which areas you’re having treated. As a gauge, it usually takes about 1 hour to treat the abdomen and both flanks (love handles). 

How many treatments will I need? 

You should see results after one treatment, although some patients choose to have a second treatment for final tweaks or to treat additional areas. 

cutera device for body contouringWill it hurt? 

Patients tell us that the procedure feels like a hot stone massage. The handpiece is gently glided over the treatment area and the temperature of the skin will rise but should remain comfortable for the duration of the treatment. 

Will I need recovery time? 

No. This is a noninvasive procedure and you’ll be able to resume your normal activities right after the treatment. You may feel some tenderness in the treatment area right after the treatment but that will go away within a day or two. 

Are there any side effects? 

Typically, you won’t experience any side effects except for the slight tenderness mentioned above. When will I see results? Right after the treatment, your body will start to break down and flush out the remnants of the fat cells that have been treated, which begins the reduction in the treated area’s circumference. Everybody is different, but most people see noticeable results 6–8 weeks.  As with all non-invasive body contouring procedures, results cannot be guaranteed.  Success is also dependent on trying to maintain a healthy weight and healthy lifestyle.

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What is Velashape III?

woman holding up orange to bodyHealth Magazine, High Fashion Magazine, The Salon Magazine,  Professional Beauty and more! Treat cellulite and non-invasively shape your body with VelaShape III. It is not intended for weight loss but for body contouring and tightening. The ideal patient is overweight and has some cellulite. VelaShape III is FDA approved and safe for all skin types and colors. It uses high-powered, bi-polar radio frequency, pulsed vacuum, and infrared energy, and massage rollers to improve skin texture and reduce volume. These four different technologies heat and massage the body’s fat layer, shrink fat cells and reduce the appearance of cellulite. This allows for deep and quick heat permeation and increased circulation, lymphatic drainage and collagen deposition in the treated area.

VelaShape III is ideal for:

  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Flanks
  • Arms



Vela Shape-III at DuPont Aesthetics for Laser Aesthetics and Body Contouring is a fast and comfortable treatment with no downtime. Results may be seen as early as 2 weeks with best results seen after 10 weeks. Clinical results have shown that there is an average fat loss of one inch around the stomach. Periodic maintenance treatments are recommended. Vela Shape-III can improve the appearance of skin tone and overall skin structure.

What Should I Expect During Treatment?

A lotion is applied to the treatment area and an appropriate handpiece is selected to glide across your skin. A pulsed vacuum pulls tissue closer to the energy source and the infrared light heats the fat cells. The combined technology increases fat metabolism, resulting in smoother skin and circumference reduction. It feels like a warm, deep tissue massage. The treatment site may feel warm or look pink for a few hours after the procedure. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and exercising before and after treatments gives the best results.

How Does VelaShape Work?