I had SculpSure almost 9 weeks ago and have experienced zero results. Has anyone seen this in any of their patients @ 9 wks?
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No results in 9 weeks?
Results 9 weeks after SculpSure
Patients considering SculpSure should have realistic expectations from their permanent fat reduction program and should consider a series of 1- 3 treatments to achieve optimal results. SculpSure patients can destroy up to 24% the treated fat cells permanently.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 the fat cells with minimal absorption in the dermis allowing for a safe and effective treatments for all skin types. 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 will be absorbed and removed gradually by the body’s inflammatory process and the volume of fat in the treatment area will decrease slowly over time. Patients can expect to see results in approximately 6 weeks with optimal results seen in 12 weeks. If you feel like you have not seen any visible reduction in fat, then my suggestion would be to go in for a secondary treatment of SculpSure on the same treatment spots. SculpSure treatments are safe to be repeated every 6 weeks.
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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 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.
Dr. Schwartz Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Patient selection is critical with Sculpsure
I realise your height and weight, but the BMI index as I mentioned above, is also modified (as someone can be very muscular and have lower fat) and still have a BMI greater than 30. We also take into consideration your muscle mass.
1. Was the treatment performed correctly, what level were used. 0.9 is the base line (lowest for Sculpsure), higher levels will give better results.
2. Some patients see results in 4 weeks, others in 10 weeks and beyond. So early days.
3. We standardised measurements done. We always take photos, measure up and in some cases record with a pinch test with callipers. This gives accurate data.
4. In some cases Sculpsure may not be the treatment of choice. Not all patients are suitable for non invasive body contouring such as Sculpsure or Coolsculpting. Invasive procedure as as liposuction - Vaser maybe required.
All the best,
Dr Davin Lim
Laser and aesthetic dermatologist