SculpSure Laser – Nonsurgical Body Fat Melting Procedure
SculpSure laser treatment is a noninvasive alternative to reduce fat in the abdomen and flanks. It is an FDA-approved laser treatment that targets fat cells with heat. The procedure destroys the cells, which separate from the surrounding tissue before your body flushes them away.
The treatment targets the under layers of tissue, not your skin, ensuring that the only cells affected are fat cells. SculpSure laser treatment provides lasting results and works with most skin types.
SculpSure laser treatment does not replace regular exercise. Rather, it is a method for subtle body contouring; unlike other methods such as liposuction, CoolSculpting is completed externally and requires no incisions.
- Preparation: Begin preparing for your procedure at least two weeks ahead of time, especially if you take blood thinning medications or smoke. Blood thinning medications include NSAIDs like aspirin and Ibuprofen as well as certain vitamins and supplements like Gingko biloba.
- Anesthesia: This procedure is noninvasive and causes only mild discomfort; anesthesia is not required. Discuss your concerns regarding pain and anesthetic with Dr. Vallecillos during your consultation.
- Preoperative Consult: Dr. Vallecillos meets with you to discuss your goals with this procedure and help set reasonable expectations for your results. During your preoperative consultation, he explains how the procedure works, the process, what side effects you might experience, and offers full instructions for recovery.
How SculpSure Works
SculpSure uses a hands-free device that directs lasers at varying wavelengths to the treatment area. These hyperthermic lasers (meaning high heat) break down and melt fat cells, destroying them. At the same time, the patient remains comfortable with cool blasts to the treatment area.
The procedure takes less than 30 minutes on average, and multiple areas may be treated simultaneously. Patients report a slight tingling sensation in the treatment area. There is no downtime and patients may return to their regular activities immediately following the procedure.
Who is a candidate for SculpSure?
This procedure is intended for people at or near their ideal body weight, but with stubborn fat areas in the abdominal or flank areas. Typically, the ideal BMI is 30 or lower. Use your preoperative consultation to determine whether this treatment will serve your needs.
What is the recovery time for SculpSure?
Immediate; patients may return to their regular activities as soon as the treatment ends.
Are there risks or side effects associated with SculpSure?
Side effects are mild and rare, including swelling, redness, and mild tenderness.
How long do the results last?
As fat cells are destroyed and flushed away, the results should permanent. It takes about six weeks before a noticeable result, with most patients seeing the greatest difference at the 12-week mark.