SculpSure - is it an average 24% fat reduction or up to 24%? Should you wait until after weight loss has stopped?

I had a baby a year ago and stopped nursing last month. I have been losing weight ever since. I am under the BMI 30 mark. Can I have the SculpSure procedure done now, or should I wait. I think it would boost my morale. Is the 24% fat reduction an average, or is it up to 24%. Is the 6 week mark post SculpSure when you start to receive results or does is start sooner/later for some. What is happening at the 6 week mark post procedure that makes your body remove the fat cells? Thanks!

Doctor Answers 13

You can have Sculpsure now

many of my patients will do Sculpsure or Smartlipo while they are still losing weight or when they are about to start - to give them a moral boost. 

the fat cell death starts at the time of treatment but it takes time to see the effect due to minor swelling and it takes time for the body to remove those fat cells. 

it is best to do your second treatment at about 6 weeks but this is not imperative.

good luck

david berman md

Sterling Plastic Surgeon
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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.

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 her 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. 

Take care,

Dr. Schwartz 
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


SculpSure works by engaging a controlled hypothermic 1060 nm wavelength to the body, targeting the fatty tissue. This wavelength is penetrated deep into the subcutaneous fat cells causing your body to eliminate UP to 24% of fat cells. The heated wavelength establishes a controlled hyperthermic temperature of 42°C and 47°C causing an injury to the adipose, without any damage to the dermal tissue. The damaged adipocytes (lipocytes and fat cells) will be absorbed and removed gradually by the body’s inflammatory process and the volume of fat in the treatment area will decrease over the course of three months.
The 6 week mark is an approximate time for visible reduction of fat cells. Some people see results sooner than 6 weeks and some see results towards the end of the 12 weeks. How quickly you see results is dependable on factors like your general health, amount of fat that was targeted, and the area of treatment...each individual responds to the procedure differently. Most people often require a series of treatments which can be discussed with your physician/practitioner who can work with you on creating a customized body contouring program for your fat loss goals.

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 105 reviews

SculpSure- 24% Fat Reduction In 25 Minutes

Hello Raising1rl, Congratulations on your little one. SculpSure is an excellent way to jump start your weight loss goals. Many of our patients have commented on how much they love their results from SculpSure that it has helped them to eat healthier and exercise daily because they look and feel so great! The average fat loss is 24% with some patients seeing results immediately.  It does take 12 weeks to see the full results. The destroyed fat cells turn into nodules that your body will break down and release. SculpSure is recommended for patients with a BMI of 30 and under. Many of our patients have come in with higher BMI's and are very happy with their results. #Sculpsure  Best too you, Dr Faraz


Thank you for your question. You can have upto 24% fat reduction after one treatment of SculpSure. You will start to see results before 6 weeks, however allow the full 12 weeks to see the maximum results. You can start SculpSure immediately if you would like to.


The SculpSure website and study state up to 24% fat reduction.  I believe the results may be enhanced by stressing the fat via a low fat diet after SculpSure to help metabolize any injured fat from the procedure.  SculpSure is an excellent way to jump start a weight-loss plan.Best wishes for success, Dr. Denkler

SculpSure gives you up to 24% fat loss

Hi! Thanks for your question. SculpSure will help remove on average 24% fat cells. Your body will start to metabolize , or get rid of,the fat cells that have been destroyed over time. People will start to see results in about 6 weeks and final results in 12 weeks. This is the time it takes for the body to process the fat cells that have been damaged by the laser. If you continue to exercise and lose weight you will see even greater results because you will begin to lose the internal fat and the bloating that comes from certain foods. SculpSure will increase your morale on your journey to fitness and health. I often suggest a combination of SculpSure with diet or cleansing. Good Luck! Dr. Eros

24% average?

I would use 24% fat cells killed as the maximum. You can fill or empty the remaining 76% as you wish. There are patients who do not see much effect unfortunately and many have gained weight (5-15#) in last year, making it hard to tell (and didn't return for 12 week pictures). I believe some residual fat needs more than one treatment, and if thick, probably 3 treatments. These people are pretty happy with the results. NON-invasive is the key. The lack of significant recovery is the main advantage. BTW, results can be seen as early as three weeks, but max is 3-4 mos. I believe older people (>60) take longer.

Morale Boost

Yes. New mothers face many challenges loosing that "baby weight" (focus on the baby, hormonal changes, nursing, etc). I often see patients who get a morale boost by local fat reduction with SculpSure and this can motivate them to keep loosing weight by diet and exercise. After the treatment we tell patients: Be Patient!. Typically after SculpSure,  the real fat reduction occurs between 6 and 12 weeks. For larger areas, I often will recommend a "staged treatment" which I think gives the best results.

SculpSure results

Laser lipolysis - SculpSure- is expected to produce up to 24% fat reduction. Results are expected to be seen at 6 weeks and finalized by 12 weeks. Some patients notice results at two weeks. Recommend treating stubborn areas, such as muffin tops,  while you are losing weight. Best, Dr. Yegiyants

Sara Yegiyants, MD, FACS
Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon
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