Interested in an honest comparison: SureSculpt vs. UltraShape?

I am considering either SureSculpt or UltraShape. I am not interested in Coolsculpting. Can you please tell me the difference between the two? I am having a tough time finding an un-biased comparison of these two treatments, via Google search, as SureSculpt is so "new", and also because there are few doctors who offer BOTH UltraShape and SureSculpt. # of treatments? time to results? price? etc? Thanks!

Doctor Answers 6

Sculpsure vs UltraShape

I have use various body contouring devices, some good and predictable (Coolsculpting, Sculpsure) others, lets say, not so predictable. 

Sculpsure needs only one session that takes 25 minutes, it works. UltraShape, VelaShape etc... takes many sessions, and the results are modest in some, and not noticeable in others. 

From a treatment and efficacy point of view, Sculpsure is the clear winner. 

All the best,

Dr Davin Lim
Laser, surgical and aesthetic dermatologist
Brisbane, Australia
Fiori Institute Of Body Contouring 

Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

SculpSure vs. UltraShape vs. CoolSculpt

Thank you for your question.  The answer depends on how much fat you are needing to remove.  If you have a BMI of less than 30, you are a candidate for SculpSure. 

I have never seen any SureSculpt product that has been released to the market.  The most recent technology is SculpSure, a 1060 nm laser that specificially targets fat.  The fat is accurately kept at a temperature between 42 - 47 degrees Celcius.  The fat is kept at this temperature for 21 minutes to cause approximately 24% permanent fat reduction in the area treated.  Up to four areas can be treated in 25 minutes.

Ultrashape uses ultrasound to heat the fat.  The results can also be excellent when the area is properly treated.  While SculpSure reaches the ideal temperature fat destruction temperature in 4 minutes, Ultrashape usually takes 10-20 minutes to reach the ideal temperature.  Once this temperature is reached, the physician or technician must heat the fat for a minimum of 30 minutes to disrupt the fat cells.  Typically 3-6 Ultrashape treatment sessions are required.  Results from this device are highly operator dependent.  There is no limitation by your BMI.

CoolSculpt utilizes vacuum suction to draw in the skin, fat, and muscle to "freeze" the fat cells.  It can reduce between 17-21% of the fat in the portion treated.  These results are similar to SculpSure but there is pain and numbness with the procedure.  It takes one hour to treat each area.  Results from this device are somewhat operator dependent -- if the area is not properly suctioned into the applicator, you will not see any fat reduction. 

Best of luck,
Suneel Chilukuri, M.D.
Houston, Texas

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Suneel Chilukuri, MD
Houston Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

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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. 

Take care,

Dr. Schwartz  Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

SculpSure vs UltraShape

Thank you for your question. SculpSure and UltraShape are both non-invasive treatments for spot fat reduction. They both target fat cells that have been resistant to diet and exercise. SculpSure uses hyperthermic laser energy to heat up the fat cells where as UltraShape uses ultrasonic energy to shoot acoustic waves into the fat cells. To determine which one is better for you, it really depends on your comfort level and time. SculpSure uses heat and patients see results after only one 25 minute procedure, whereas UltraShape takes 45 minutes each and most patients need to get 3 treatments for optimal results. Due to these differences, right now at our practice, we are huge proponents of the SculpSure treatment. The heat also helps promote collagen or elastin production for tighter skin. If you’re interested, please schedule a full-in person consultation with a physician so that they can review your desired treatment area.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Ultrashape and Sculpsure

Ultrashape is ultrasound and take numerous treatments where sculpsure is a laser and takes one for 20% improvement.  We can use both together and have both in our practice.  Its best you see someone who has a number of modalities.  I suggest a formal consultation.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

SculpSure vs UltraShape

Non surgical body contouring techniques have exploded over the past 5 years; CoolSculpting, SculpSure, Vanquish, UltraShape and others have been introduced.  The latest is SculpSure, approved by the FDA in October of 2015.

SculpSure uses a laser to target and destroy the fat cells.  The treatment sessions last 25 minutes and are not painful.  One session is usually adequate and runs around $1,500, multiple areas can be treated at the same time and there is no down time.

UtraShape uses ultrasound energy to destroy the fat cells.  The treatment also does not hurt, but does require 2-3 sessions 2 weeks apart.  The cost is about $3,000 and only one area can be targeted at a time.  The treatment sessions last around 1 hour, there is no down time.

For the time and money, SculpSure wins hands down.  Also, I will predict that laser fat destruction (SculpSure) will bypass all the other methods combined and become the #1 treatment choice for non surgical body contouring.  I believe they will find that there is skin tightening with the laser that the other methods do not offer and the adjustability of the laser will allow any area of the body to be treated adequately.

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 70 reviews

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