SculpSure is a non-invasive, laser-based, body contouring system for the reduction of unwanted fat in areas such as the abdomen and flanks. The 25-minute procedure eliminates up to 24% of fat cells in a treated area without surgery and with minimal downtime.
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SculpSure harnesses the power of the laser to target unwanted fat. The technology was created by Cynosure, an industry leader in body contouring and skin rejuvenation technologies. Cynosure is located in Westford, Massachusetts. Dr. Doherty is thrilled to have worked with Cynosure as their Medical Director since 2013. Dr. Doherty was a principal investigator in the initial studies of SculpSure and its FDA approval. SculpSure was approved for treatment of the abdomen and waist in 2015. SculpSure is a safe and highly effective method of eliminating unwanted fat in the abdomen, flanks and other hard to tone areas without surgery or invasive liposuction. Dr. Doherty continues to work closely with the clinical staff, engineers and scientists at Cynosure to advance the SculpSure technology.
How does SculpSure work?
The technology carefully delivers controlled laser energy deep into unwanted fat cells. The light energy from the laser heats and shocks the targeted fat cells. After this, the body slowly eliminates the destroyed fat by way of its normal metabolic systems. The applicator device is non-suction based. It is equipped with Constant Cooling™ technology. This keeps the skin at a safe, cool and comfortable temperature during the treatment.
Is SculpSure appropriate for ALL areas of the body?
SculpSure was initially designed to target excess fat on the abdomen, waist and flanks (love handles). These areas are traditionally parts of the body that often hold onto fat cells. These areas can be stubborn and resistant to fat reduction through diet and exercise alone. This is sometimes known as “fit fat”. Other areas of the body that are hard to tone and eliminate fat are: the inner/outer thigh, the bra line, the knees and arms can also be targeted and will be treated with SculpSure.
How long does a SculpSure treatment take?
A single SculpSure treatment requires only 25 minutes. The advanced applicator enables simultaneous treatment of either flanks or the entire abdomen in one session for some patients. With other technologies, these areas can require longer treatment times. Some patients who wish to have more areas treated may have treatments back to back.
When are results from SculpSure typically seen?
SculpSure works by having your body safely naturally and painlessly absorb and metabolize unwanted fat cells that have been heated and destroyed by SculpSure’s laser. The contour of the treated area will improve slowly as the fat cells are absorbed. Some patients begin to see results in as little as 3-6 weeks, but best results become clear in 8-12 weeks for most patients. Some patients will require a second treatment that is done at 8 weeks.
How safe is SculpSure?
SculpSure is the first and only FDA-approved laser treatment for non-invasive body contouring of the abdomen and flanks. The treatment does not have the same risks, side effects or complications that can be associated with liposuction or other surgical procedures.
Is there downtime with the Sculpsure procedure?
There is minimal, if any, downtime with SculpSure. This is a non-invasive and comfortable treatment. Patients report experiencing only a mild warming sensation during the treatment. No significant side-effects or complications have been reported. There is virtually no downtime. Patients return to all normal activities immediately. Patients will sometimes report a mild cramping feeling after the treatment that is short-lived. Some patients say they feel like they attended an intense abdominal workout class or the day after an abdominal SculpSure treatment.
Are the effects from SculpSure permanent?
SculpSure effectively removes excess and unwanted fat cells from the abdomen and flanks. Once these fat cells are destroyed and absorbed by the body, they cannot reappear. Weight gain, however, can cause remaining fat cells to grow larger. This occurs with overall weight gain if patients change their exercise habits for the worse after a SculpSure treatment. This can undermine the results of the SculpSure treatment. It is important for all patients undergoing body contouring procedures to maintain a stable weight and to avoid weight gain. This will ensure long lasting results.
Who is SculpSure right for?
SculpSure is ideal for patients who are otherwise healthy and report with trouble spots, particularly those that seem resistant to diet and exercise. These are often the waist and abdomen. This is considered “fit fat”. Patients with good skin tone will have the best result.
How many treatments are needed?
Every patient is different. A customized SculpSure treatment plan will be created based on body type, overall health and goals. Some patients will only need one treatment and many will need two to meet the desired goals.
What should patients expect during the SculpSure treatment?
Most patients feel a tingling sensation intermittently throughout the treatment which is generally well-tolerated. Patients describe this as a dull ache. The practitioner is with the patient during the entire 25 minutes to ensure safety.
How long before patients can resume normal activities?
There is no downtime with SculpSure. Patients can resume regular activity immediately. This is an ideal treatment for lunchtime!
What is the difference between fat loss and weight loss?
The number of fat cells stored in the human body remains constant throughout life. As patients lose weight, the size of the fat cells become smaller. They do not, however, decrease in number. It is a common scenario that patients have difficulty losing weight in trouble areas (abdomen, waist, etc). After a SculpSure treatment, fat cells that are targeted and treated are permanently destroyed.
Interested in learning more about the most SclupSure? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Doherty at his plastic surgery practices in downtown Boston (Newbury Street) or in Brookline, MA, by calling (617) 450-0070 or filling out the form on this page.