Had Sculpsure done 2 weeks ago on my flanks. I experienced bruising and multiple firm nodules, some quite large. Is this normal?
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Is this normal?
Nodules after SculpSure
Thank you for your question. SculpSure is one of the safest in-office procedures as the only risk is post-soreness. There are no risks of discoloration, bleeding or other complications. I suggest that you keep your board certified facial plastic surgeon informed of your healing process and continue to follow their recovery instructions.
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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
Nodules and bruising after SculpSure
Nodules and bruising after sculpsure... normal or abnormal
The nodules is something that can be present 1 or 2 weeks after the procedure. However,the bruising is a more rare side effect. massage and arnica are some tools that you may consider for recovery.
Finally, make sure that your doctor is aware of your process. He should be able to guide you best in your care.
Wishing you the best in your journey
Sculpsure and Bruising/Nodules
Lumps will settle
Lumps later on is secondary to inflammation of the fat- this is how your body's immune system clears unwanted fat cells. It can occur with treatments such as Sculpsure and also with Coolsculpting. Massage, and time will settle these areas. Nothing to worry about.
All the best,
Dr Davin Lim
Laser, surgical and aesthetic dermatologist
Fiori Institute of Body Contouring
Post SculpSure Bumps
Best of luck,
Suneel Chilukuri, M.D.
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