Sculpsure: Most of the places performing this procedure are at Med spas. Is this safe?
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#Sculpsure/#Body Contouring/ #Hi Definition Procedures
Thank you for your question.
Sculpsure is a noninvasive 1060nm diode laser treatment that removes up to 25% of stubborn fat in the treated area in 25 minutes.It is FDA approved for the abdomen and flanks. It is safe if you get pregnant in the future.
The body contouring effects are seen in as quick as six weeks with final results at 12 weeks.
The results are permanent as long as you maintain your weight and health.
The laser targets and destroys the fat cells only which are then naturally removed from the body. Since the laser does not affect the skin or muscle it can be used on all skin colors and there has been no reported incidents of burns when treated by a properly trained physician. It is protective since it alternates heating and cooling.
It has four applicators that can be customized to treat the areas of stubborn fat.
If a second treatment is needed we wait at least six weeks and usually closer to 12.
If you notice lumps after (which I've never seen) I would recommend massage. You should also alert your surgeon. No compression garment required.
There is no downtime and you can resume your normal activities right after the treatment. There may be some soreness in the area for a few days for which you can take ibuprofen or tylenol. A cold compress can also be used.
Sculpsure is not used for skin tightening however some of our patients have seen this. If more skin tightening is needed we have combined this with thermi or Ulthera for a complete treatment. Sculpsure is recommended for stubborn areas of fat that are not being lost by diet and exercise. It is not a weight loss treatment
Since I have both a coolsculpting and sculpsure I am working on protocols of utilizing both of these depending upon what areas need to be treated and the response to the treatment.
I have used sculpsure on other areas other than the abdomen with very good results.
I also use a Vectra 3D imaging system to try and show people what their treatment areas could look like.
Since Sculpsure outcomes can be based on technique and experience, please see a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes body contouring to see if Sculpsure or other treatments are available to meet your goals.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Thank you for your question. I suggest that you move forward and consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon as plastic surgeons do perform the procedure now. Your provider should be knowledgeable and experienced, able to offer you customized advice and beautiful results.
The physician is more important than the location
Safe and effective use of the SculpSure technology is far more dependent on the treating physician than the location. Many med spas have on location board certified physicians who can properly assess your suitability for SculpSure and safely perform it. Unfortunately there are also many med spas that do not have any board certified physician on site. Some have no physician presence at all. While noninvasive, SculpSure is still a medical and laser based therapy and should really be performed by or under the immediate supervision of a board certified physician.
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and flanks. It is very safe, quick and no down time. It does utilize a laser, so an evaluation by a physician prior to treatment is necessary to guarantee the safety of the patient. The location of the treatment doesn't matter, it is the person making the decision for the treatment that is important. This does vary from state to state, do your research and make sure the facility you choose is certified, accredited and operated by responsible medical personnel.
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