SculpSure: Does this procedure take the place of a Tummy Tuck?

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Does SculpSure Take the Place of a Tummy Tuck?

If you are a candidate for a tummy tuck, this usually means excess abdominal skin and relaxation of the abdominal wall with separation of the rectus muscles.  These issues are  unrelated to abdominal subcutaneous fat and removal of subcutaneous fat is the main purpose of SculpSure.  If in addition to excess skin and rectus diastasis you also have excess abdominal subcutaneous fat and perhaps waist and flank fat, then in addition to the tummy tuck, I would be doing vaser ultrasonic liposuction at the same time as the tummy tuck.Becuase SculpSure treats only excess fat, it cannot do what a tummy tuck does.

Mountain View Plastic Surgeon
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SculpSure is not a tummy tuck

Thank you for your question. No, SculpSure does not take the place of a Tummy Tuck. SculpSure is a non-invasive procedure that reduces up to 24% of fat from each area treated. A Tummy Tuck removes sagging and excess skin from your stomach. SculpSure is a Spot Fat Reduction procedure, meaning it allows people to target specific stubborn areas that have been difficult to loose. It is to help patients reach their desired symmetry and it is not a treatment for excessively overweight patients. It is a hyperthermic laser fat removal system that directs laser energy into your desired areas. Although SculpSure does have a tightening affect after the fat is removed, it will not fix a person that has excessively loose skin.

If you are interested, it’s always best to have an in-person consultation so that a qualified physician can assess your desired areas. SculpSure can be coupled with other procedures but if a patient is looking to remove excessive amounts of fat rather than specific spots, the alternatives are SmartLipo, regular liposuction or a tummy tuck. I hope this answers your question. Good Luck!

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Sculpsure vs. Tummy tuck

Sculpsure is not the same as a tummy tuck.  Sculpsure is a non-invasive method that uses lasers reduce the fat of the treatments area by about 24%.  It can be performed on all skin types, and takes only about 25 minutes per treatment.  It will reduce fat but will not make a significant change to the amount of skin.
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that mainly treats skin excess and muscle laxity.  It is performed by making incisions on the lower tummy area and removing the extra skin and fat that is redundant.  The abdominal muscle are exposed and can be tightened up to give a 'corset' appearance, and the new skin is pulled down to give a flatter stomach.  Tummy tucks can also sometimes be performed with some liposuction to help improve the contours of the body as well.

Nikesh K. Patel, MD
Freehold Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck vs SculpSure

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that has 3 main components:

  1. Skin removal
  2. Muscle tightening
  3. Subcutaneous fat removal
It is a big operation with a big incision and a long, 2-3 week, recovery time.

Sculpture is a non-surgical fat reduction technique that uses a laser to destroy the fat cells. It is outpatient with no down time, but there is no skin removal or muscle repair.

The decision on which method to choose will depend on a detailed examination and consultation with your doctor.  They are two totally different procedures.

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Does Sculpsure take the place of a tummy tuck?

No not at all a tummy tuck addresses the loose and excess skin in the abdomen it is a surgical procedure.  Sculpsure only removes stubborn fat deposits it does not do anything for the skin.

Timothy Fee, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Tummy Tuck vs. SculpSure

No, SculpSure helps reduce excess fat, whereas a Tummy Tuck addresses loose skin. A tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction to achieve both skin tightening and fat reduction. However, SculpSure can only provide minimal skin tightening.

Mark Karolak, DO, FAOCO
Bridgewater Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

No, tummy tuck completely different from aims of SculpSure procedure

Tummy tucks are designed to remove loose and extra skin and at the same time fat. This is a surgical procedure. Sculpsure only target fat with no downtime. It does not address excess skin. 


Dr Davin Lim 
Laser and aesthetic dermatologist
Brisbane, Australia.

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
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Does this procedure take the place of a Tummy Tuck?

Thank you for your question.

Not at all.  This laser, is a procedure for stubborn and resistant fat, it does nothing with excess skin.  It does not take the place of a tummy tuck if you have a lot of excess skin.  You would be greatly disappointed if you wanted to use it instead of a tummy tuck.  But as always it is best to be examined by a plastic surgeon to see which procedure will give you the best result.

Good luck

Thank you

Saul Lahijani, MD
Los Angeles Physician
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SculpSure or Tummy Tuck

The short answer is no, Sculpsure does not replace a Tummy Tuck. A Tummy Tuck serves to remove extra skin and fat while tightening the abdominal muscles that stretch during pregnancy. Although a scar is required at the level of a c-section scar, Tummy tuck surgery can produce dramatic and impressive results. On the other hand, SculpSure is a non-invasive, scar-free, recovery-free 25 minute procedure that helps melt fat only and does nothing to tighten the abdominal muscles or remove extra skin. Sculpsure penetrates about 1.5 cm deep in to the fat and can melt up to 25% of the fat inthe treatment area. Ideal candidates for SculpSure are those that have stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. If you are not sure which procedure is right for you, it would be best to consult with a plastic surgeon you trust, who can examine you and offer the best options suited for you.


Thank you for your question, mintyme. SculpSure is intended for vanquishing stubborn fat. It penetrates deeply to destroy subcutaneous fat which is a different procedure, process and purpose than Tummy Tuck. I suggest you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to realize which approach is right for you. SculpSure is certainly head-and-shoulders above their competitors.

Best wishes,

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 120 reviews

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