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SculpSure FAQ

What is SculpSure?

SculpSure is a non-invasive treatment that reduces fat an average of 24% in 25 minutes.

Are the results of SculpSure permanent?

Yes. SculpSure permanently reduces fat by destroying the treated fat cells.

How much fat is destroyed with a SculpSure treatment?

In the studies leading to FDA approval, one SculpSure treatment reduced the treated area an average of 24%.

How many SculpSure treatments do I need?

One SculpSure treatment gives an average of 24% permanent fat reduction.

Can I do more than one SculpSure treatment in the same day?

Yes; the SculpSure has four applicators that are about the size of a loaf of bread when placed side-by-side. The four applicators are the equivalent to one treatment. If someone wants to treat many different areas of the body they can be treated sequentially during the visit. Each four-pack counts as one treatment and takes approximately 25 minutes.

Can I do more than one SculpSure treatment in the same area to get more of a result?

Yes. A patient can do their second SculpSure treatment as early as 6 weeks after the initial treatment. With a second treatment in the same area, the patient can expect an additional 24% fat reduction.

How long does a SculpSure treatment take? Can I do it in my lunch hour?

A SculpSure treatment is fast. It takes only 25 minutes. Yes, you could do a SculpSure treatment in your lunch hour.

When will I see the results of my SculpSure treatment?

It takes some time for the destroyed fat cells to be processed by the body and for mild swelling to resolve. Generally, it is thought to take 3 months for your results to be complete. People say, however, that they already notice a difference at 4-6 weeks.

Will I be swollen after my SculpSure treatment?

Patients are mildly swollen after a SculpSure treatment. They can still fit into their regular clothing and go right back to working out.

How much downtime is there after a SculpSure treatment?

There is absolutely no downtime following a SculpSure treatment. You can go right back to work, the gym, or yoga class. There is no restriction on activity following a SculpSure treatment.

Will I be sore after a SculpSure treatment?

Patients say that they are not sore after a SculpSure treatment. They do say that when they push on their treated fat it is a little tender.

Will a SculpSure treatment affect my skin or underlying muscle?

No, SculpSure does not damage skin, nerves, or muscle. The laser specifically targets fat cells only.

Is the SculpSure treatment painful when it is performed?

Most patients say they feel warmth, tightness, and a slight tingle during their SculpSure treatment, but it is very comfortable and not at all painful. The energy level of the laser can be adjusted so that the treatment is both tolerable and comfortable. According to the studies leading to the FDA approval, patients were asked to report their level of comfort during the treatment. Patients who reported the end point of tolerable warmth and tightness saw an average of 24% permanent fat reduction. In other words, we want you to feel the treatment, but we don’t want you to be in pain!

Is SculpSure safe for all ethnicities and skin complexions?

Yes, the SculpSure treatment is safe for both lighter and darker skin tones. There are no skin changes. There is no skin injury. SculpSure is safe for all skin types.

How does SculpSure work?

It took the Cynosure company 8 years to find and perfect a laser that destroyed fat cells and left all other tissues alone. They found that the 1060 nanometer wavelength laser was perfect for that purpose. This 1060nm laser reacts with fat cells only, heats them, and destroys them. It bypasses skin and muscle cells so there is no damage to the skin or underlying structures. Also, the laser does not penetrate deep enough to even affect the deeper structures.

What happens to the fat cells treated with SculpSure?

The fat cells treated with SculpSure are heated. They then go through a process called apoptosis where they gradually die out. The dead cells rupture, leaving a cell membrane and triglycerides which are then absorbed by the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system then processes the cellular waste as it would any type of bodily waste.

Will my triglyceride level increase following a SculpSure treatment?

No. Studies have shown no increase in triglyceride levels following a SculpSure treatment.

Will my body make new fat cells after a SculpSure treatment destroys 24% of the treated fat cells?

Your body will not make new fat cells after a SculpSure treatment. The number of fat cells that a person has is set and permanent early in life. Adults don’t make new fat cells. So, your body will not replace the fat cells destroyed by SculpSure.

Can I still gain weight after a SculpSure treatment?

Yes. If a person takes in too many calories, it causes fat cells to increase in size. If you lose weight, your fat cells shrink. Fat cells do not increase or decrease in number.

Is SculpSure better than the freezing technique (cryolipolysis) for fat reduction?

SculpSure is the newest and most advanced, FDA approved, non-invasive fat reduction technology available. It surpasses fat freezing in the following ways:

  • SculpSure is very fast- a treatment takes only 25 minutes
  • SculpSure is not painful- a treatment is meant to be comfortable and tolerable. Post treatment people are not sore and resume their regular activities immediately.
  • SculpSure only treats the fat. There is no damage to skin, nerves, or muscle as reported with the freezing technique.
  • SculpSure is not associated with dents, irregularities, or skin changes as seen with the freezing technique
  • SculpSure is not associated with long-term chronic nerve pain as seen with the freezing technique

What is the cost of SculpSure?

SculpSure is much less expensive than liposuction surgery and has no downtime with minimal risk. SculpSure costs about the same as cryolipolysis (freezing fat) but does not have the complications of denting, irregularities, step-offs, skin damage, pain, or chronic nerve pain.

Is SculpSure FDA approved?

Yes, SculpSure was FDA approved for permanent fat reduction near the end of 2015. The FDA approval studies looked at fat reduction of the abdomen, flanks, and hips. They found an average of 24% reduction following one 25 minute treatment, with virtually zero side-effects. The approval process was quicker than expected because of the safety and effectiveness.

Does SculpSure improve the skin?

Yes; SculpSure was found to tighten the skin during a fat reduction treatment. It may work by tightening the collagen bonds between the skin and underlying muscle. There is no recovery from this skin tightening effect.

Are there any new treatments planned for SculpSure in the future?

Within a year, we expect SculpSure to have available heads that specifically and significantly tighten skin. This will be an entirely new treatment and distinct from the fat reduction heads and their treatment. In addition, a fat reduction head is being developed for the submental region, or the area under the chin.

Can you treat problem areas other than the abdomen, flanks, and hips with SculpSure?

Yes, we have successfully treated many areas of the body with SculpSure and the results have been equally impressive. Areas that we have successfully treated include the upper arms, anterior and lateral chest (especially in men), bra roll area, inner thighs, outer thighs, medial knee, upper knees, and lower legs such as the calves.

“I would like my patients to know how much I believe in SculpSure laser technology for permanent fat reduction. I like the fact that it is non-invasive and gives a permanent 24% fat reduction. I like the fact that there is absolutely no downtime. I’m equally excited that my patients are not sore afterwards, and there are no significant side effects. I’m very proud to be one of the first plastic surgery practices to offer this remarkable treatment. This treatment combined with a healthy, active lifestyle can lead to remarkable results. I have made it a special interest of mine to provide the very best non-surgical, non-invasive, treatment options for face and body enhancement. I was the first in San Francisco to offer Ulthera Skin Tightening and the first to offer ThermiVa feminine rejuvenation. I will continue to stay in the forefront in bringing the most advanced non-invasive options to my patients.”

Dr. Leonard Gray

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