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There are various methods of body contouring available to clients who want to enhance their appearance and achieve a more shapely body. One such innovative treatment is called SculpSure. Keep reading to learn everything about this ground-breaking cosmetic procedure that is becoming increasingly popular.

What is SculpSure? Is it FDA-approved? Does it really work?

SculpSure is an FDA-approved laser treatment that targets stubborn fat in trouble areas. It is used to heat treat body fat. In other words, this non-invasive treatment literally melts away the fat in problem areas. This type of non invasive lipolysis (breakdown of fat cells) can give natural looking results with just one treatment and very little downtime.

SculpSure offers non-surgical fat reduction that does not involve any cuts, needles, or anesthesia. The entire treatment takes only around 30 minutes (this can be more or less depending on the treatment area, for instance a larger area like the outer thighs will take longer than a smaller area like the chin).

What happens to the treated fat cells?

SculpSure body contouring works by using laser energy to kill fat cells in the treated area. The treated fat cells are then removed naturally by the body's lymphatic system. Once this occurs, the fat cells are gone forever and do not come back.

What areas of the body with stubborn fat cells can be treated?

The SculpSure device can be used to reduce fat volume in areas like the abdomen, hips, outer thighs, upper arms, bra fat, back fat, and chin fat.

Who is an ideal candidate for SculpSure?

SculpSure is intended as a fat reduction treatment in stubborn areas like the abdomen and flanks. It is not a treatment to lose weight. If you are overweight, you will not see any dramatic weight loss results with this treatment. Therefore, you are a potential candidate for SculpSure if your body mass index is under 30 (meaning, you are not obese). It is important to have realistic expectations from the procedure. Remember, you may not get the same results as a friend or family member, since every body is different.

Is SculpSure permanent? Are maintenance treatments and a healthy lifestyle needed to keep the results?

The great thing about SculpSure is that it can be used to permanently eliminate fat cells in the treatment area. After your initial set of treatments, you will not need any maintenance treatments. However, a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise will help you keep the results of your fat reduction treatments.

How many SculpSure treatments will I need? How long will I need to wait between treatments?

Your provider will discuss the treatment plan with you at the time of your initial consultation. Some patients need a single treatment while others require two or three sessions to get optimal results. If you need more than one treatment, you will need to wait 6-8 weeks between sessions. However, once you complete the recommended SculpSure treatments, you will not need any further maintenance treatments. As noted, you can maintain your SculpSure results by following a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

How to prepare for SculpSure?

During your initial consultation, your provider will obtain a complete medical history, including all prescription and OTC medications and supplements. This is because some medications can increase the risk of bleeding with laser medicine treatments like SculpSure.

Your provider will then understand your concerns and recommend the appropriate number of SculpSure sessions required. They might give you some pre procedure instructions, but in general, there is no special preparation needed before a SculpSure body contouring procedure. You may be able to get your first SculpSure treatment on the day of your initial consultation itself.

What to expect during a SculpSure treatment?

On the day of your appointment, you will be seated or reclining comfortably. The SculpSure device, which is a belt-like device, will be wrapped around the target area. The system will then be switched on and will generate heat that targets fat cells deep inside the skin without harming the skin's surface. The heat from the laser energy is alternated with a cooling sensation to keep the skin comfortable. You can read, nap, or just relax during your treatment.

Post treatment, you can go home and return to normal activities. There is no downtime, so you can potentially get SculpSure treatments done during your lunch break.

What results can I expect after SculpSure? How long does it take to see results?

Based on the results of a multicenter study by Cynosure, the manufacturer of SculpSure, there is a 24% average reduction in fat in the treated area.

You may not see the results of your SculpSure treatment immediately. This is because it takes time for the body's lymphatic system to flush out the treated fat cells. You will notice fat reduction in the target area about six weeks after your treatment. The final results will be visible in another six weeks, a total of approximately 12 weeks after your first SculpSure session.

What are the potential side effects?

Most patients tolerate SculpSure pretty well. The most common side effect is some temporary tenderness in the treated area. Some patients also experience mild redness, swelling, and tissue firmness in the treatment area. However, these side effects are usually self limited and go away on their own in a few days.

Is SculpSure better than CoolSculpting?

Although the basic purpose of both SculpSure and CoolSculpting is the same, i.e., to reduce fat volume in areas of stubborn fat, the two treatments work very differently. While SculpSure uses gentle heat to destroy fat cells, CoolSculpting uses freezing temperatures to achieve the same thing. The pain level, side effects, and downtime are similar for both treatments. However, SculpSure is less expensive, costing an average of $1,500 per session compared to CoolSculpting which averages around $2,000 to $4,000.

How much does SculpSure body contouring cost?

The cost of your treatment will depend on the part of the body being treated and the number of SculpSure applicators that need be used. According to estimates by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the cost of non-invasive fat reduction procedures like SculpSure is approximately $1,500, but this can vary depending on where you live.

Finding a provider

Body contouring with SculpSure can give a boost to your self confidence. It can help you achieve a shapely body that is simply not possible with diet and exercise alone. If you are still not sure whether non invasive fat reduction is right for you, an experienced aesthetic provider can help you decide. The MeTime app makes it easy to find a qualified practitioner for SculpSure and other non invasive fat reduction treatments in your area. You can click and upload pictures, chat with experts, schedule a video consult, and have suggestions sent directly to you. Try the MeTime app today!

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