What is SculpSure®?
Non-surgical body sculpting has become very popular over the past 3-5 years for smaller areas of stubborn fat. SculpSure is the first non-surgical body contouring treatment that uses heat and light technology to eliminate fat without harming the outer layers of skin. SculpSure treats areas such as the flanks and abdomen in as little as 25 minutes with no downtime necessary. Over time, the body will absorb and flush out the broken-down fat cells. This treatment is comfortable for patients and allows them to go about their day, avoiding the demands of more invasive procedures. In fact, many patients will use the treatment time during which the machine is working to have other treatments performed at the same time, such as Botox, filler, or additional laser treatments.
As the first major direct competitor to CoolSculpting®, at the end of treatment SculpSure does not leave behind a painful frozen “lump” that must be massaged and can lead to stinging and burning for weeks or months after treatment. Additionally, since the applicator is secured on top of the skin rather than pulling the skin and fat into the applicator head, many more treatment areas on the body can be accomplished without the need for skin and soft tissue laxity. During the 25-minute treatment cycle, patients will experience a feeling of warmth progressing to a hot sensation which can become slightly uncomfortable, at which time the applicator head will begin a gentle cooling period to protect the skin, leaving the heat in the underlying fat which is what will ultimately damage the fat cells and induce the body to clear the cells. This pattern will be repeated several times during treatment.
Who is a Candidate?
The ideal candidate for SculpSure is someone who is within a reasonable range of their healthy/ideal weight. SculpSure is intended to be used on stubborn trouble areas, rather than as a method for drastic weight loss. These trouble spots are typically areas that have not responded to a healthy lifestyle of regular exercise and a proper diet. For many patients, these areas exist in the midsection such and the lower abdomen or the sides (love handles) that can prevent clothes from fitting well and make patients feel self-conscious. For optimal results, at least two treatments per problem area are recommended spaced approximately 4-6 weeks apart. It is important to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle for weight control to achieve maximal results.
Patients can potentially see results in as little as six weeks and will see full results within twelve weeks. This is because the body will need time to flush out the destroyed fat cells before the results can be seen. However, once these fat cells are gone, they are gone forever and will not come back to this area in the event weight gain, if that were to happen. Most patients see the most dramatic results when they treat multiple areas and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. This treatment is not meant to take the place of diet and lifestyle. Dr. Sweat will work with you to create the best treatment plan for your body and aesthetic goals. Weight gain after treatment will be seen in all areas of the body, including those areas that were treated because not all fat cells within a given area will be destroyed and those that remain can always enlarge.