How does the SculpSure applicator work?

How can it heat up the fat cells and kill them without burning the skin?

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SculpSure heats the fat cells with precision, without damaging other tissues, including the skin.

SculpSure uses a laser to penetrate through the skin, without causing damage to the skin. In a SculpSure treatment, the first 4 minutes are spent warming the treatment area, with the laser working to heat up the fat cells under the skin. The next 21 minutes are spent with the laser cycling through 25 second warming phases and 10 second cooling phases. These cooling phases keep the laser from over-heating the skin, but ensure the fat cells stay heated to the optimal temperature during the treatment. The fat cells that are damaged during the treatment are cleared away by your lymphatic system, the same way your body heals itself from a cut or bruise, and are eliminated as waste over time.
The SculpSure laser, a 1060nm hyperthermic laser, was selected after years of research and development, because this exact wavelength provides the most specific heating of fat, without disrupting other tissues, including the skin.
Dr. Rox Anderson, the researcher behind laser hair removal and laser skin resurfacing, created SculpSure. You can watch his Ted talks if you’re interested in the more technical aspects of his research – he’s definitely one of the standout medical researchers of our time.

SculpSure heats the fat cells with precision, without damaging other tissues, including the skin.

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SculpSure uses a laser to penetrate through the skin, without causing damage to the skin. In a SculpSure treatment, the first 4 minutes are spent warming the treatment area, with the laser working to heat up the fat cells under the skin. The next 21 minutes are spent with the laser cycling through 25 second warming phases and 10 second cooling phases. These cooling phases keep the laser from over-heating the skin, but ensure the fat cells stay heated to the optimal temperature during the treatment. The fat cells that are damaged during the treatment are cleared away by your lymphatic system, the same way your body heals itself from a cut or bruise, and are eliminated as waste over time.
The SculpSure laser, a 1060nm hyperthermic laser, was selected after years of research and development, because this exact wavelength provides the most specific heating of fat, without disrupting other tissues, including the skin.
Dr. Rox Anderson, the researcher behind laser hair removal and laser skin resurfacing, created SculpSure. You can watch his Ted talks if you’re interested in the more technical aspects of his research – he’s definitely one of the standout medical researchers of our time.

SculpSure Uses Focused Heat

SculpSure uses sapphire glass, a type of diode laser, to produce a laser beam at a wavelength of 1064nm. This is infrared light, the same light that heats the earth's air. The 1064nm wavelength passes through the epidermis and dermis and heats the fat in the same way infrared light passes into your car without damaging the glass while creating heat inside the car. Once the fat hits about 45C, or 110F, it breaks down. Macrophages, a type of cell that responds to injury, reach the site at 4 weeks and digest the dead fat cells. Between 12-24 weeks fibroblasts have arrived and lay down new collagen, which explains the skin tightening effect. So, unlike older generation treatments that shrunk fat cells, these fat cells are dead and gone... permanently :)

Patrick W. Blake, MD
San Diego Dermatologist
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SculpSure Uses Focused Heat

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SculpSure uses sapphire glass, a type of diode laser, to produce a laser beam at a wavelength of 1064nm. This is infrared light, the same light that heats the earth's air. The 1064nm wavelength passes through the epidermis and dermis and heats the fat in the same way infrared light passes into your car without damaging the glass while creating heat inside the car. Once the fat hits about 45C, or 110F, it breaks down. Macrophages, a type of cell that responds to injury, reach the site at 4 weeks and digest the dead fat cells. Between 12-24 weeks fibroblasts have arrived and lay down new collagen, which explains the skin tightening effect. So, unlike older generation treatments that shrunk fat cells, these fat cells are dead and gone... permanently :)

Patrick W. Blake, MD
San Diego Dermatologist

How does the SculpSure applicator work?

SculpSure is a light based body contouring technology that is able to target and destroy the fat cells without affecting the surface of the skin. The specific type of laser that SculpSure utilizes is a 1060nm hyperthermic laser. This was chosen because extensive years of research and development revealed that this precise wavelength heats the fat to the exact temperature necessary to destroy fat cells without impacting skin and tissue. The first 4 minutes of the treatment are spent warming the treatment area with the laser to heat up the fat cells under the skin. The next 21 minutes are spent with the laser cycling through 25 second warming phases and 10 second cooling phases. The cooling phases prevent the laser from over-heating the skin, but allow the fat cells to remain heated to the optimal temperature during the treatment. The damaged fat cells are naturally absorbed and eliminated from the body over time.

How does the SculpSure applicator work?

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SculpSure is a light based body contouring technology that is able to target and destroy the fat cells without affecting the surface of the skin. The specific type of laser that SculpSure utilizes is a 1060nm hyperthermic laser. This was chosen because extensive years of research and development revealed that this precise wavelength heats the fat to the exact temperature necessary to destroy fat cells without impacting skin and tissue. The first 4 minutes of the treatment are spent warming the treatment area with the laser to heat up the fat cells under the skin. The next 21 minutes are spent with the laser cycling through 25 second warming phases and 10 second cooling phases. The cooling phases prevent the laser from over-heating the skin, but allow the fat cells to remain heated to the optimal temperature during the treatment. The damaged fat cells are naturally absorbed and eliminated from the body over time.

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The magic of laser physics!

There are many lasers that can penetrate into the skin without causing skin burns and work at a distance away from the point of origin and only affect certain substances!  The 1060nm wavelength of the SculpSure has a very high affinity for adipose (fat) and is targeted at the level of fat under the skin.  In addition there is an integrated cooling system in the applicator to specifically avoid this.  So, when properly used this isn't something to worry about!

The magic of laser physics!

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There are many lasers that can penetrate into the skin without causing skin burns and work at a distance away from the point of origin and only affect certain substances!  The 1060nm wavelength of the SculpSure has a very high affinity for adipose (fat) and is targeted at the level of fat under the skin.  In addition there is an integrated cooling system in the applicator to specifically avoid this.  So, when properly used this isn't something to worry about!

Safe SculpSure treatment

This treatment is very safe and has been designed to keep the epidermis from heating to a detrimental level.  The heat is from a 1060nm laser which is directed to the fat cells.  Our bodies naturally remove this disrupted fat and has no known adverse effects.

Safe SculpSure treatment

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This treatment is very safe and has been designed to keep the epidermis from heating to a detrimental level.  The heat is from a 1060nm laser which is directed to the fat cells.  Our bodies naturally remove this disrupted fat and has no known adverse effects.

How does SculpSure work

SculpSure is a diode (1060 nm) laser system, which is used to deliver laser energy to subcutaneous tissue layers.  SculpSure's cooling and electrical systems assist in maintaining safe and comfortable skin surface temperatures. This treatment takes 25 minutes on each area of interest and should be used by a professional.

How does SculpSure work

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SculpSure is a diode (1060 nm) laser system, which is used to deliver laser energy to subcutaneous tissue layers.  SculpSure's cooling and electrical systems assist in maintaining safe and comfortable skin surface temperatures. This treatment takes 25 minutes on each area of interest and should be used by a professional.

How does the SculpSure applicator work?

SculpSure is a light based body contouring technology that is able to target and destroy the fat cells without affecting the surface of the skin. The specific type of laser that SculpSure utilizes is a 1060nm hyperthermic laser. This precise wavelength heats the fat to the exact temperature necessary to destroy SHOW MORE fat cells without impacting skin and tissue. The first 4 minutes of the treatment are spent warming the treatment area with the laser to heat up the fat cells under the skin. The next 21 minutes are spent with the laser cycling through 25 second warming phases and 10 second cooling phases. The cooling phases prevent the laser from over-heating the skin, but allow the fat cells to remain heated to the optimal temperature during the treatment. The damaged fat cells are naturally absorbed and eliminated from the body over time.

How does the SculpSure applicator work?

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SculpSure is a light based body contouring technology that is able to target and destroy the fat cells without affecting the surface of the skin. The specific type of laser that SculpSure utilizes is a 1060nm hyperthermic laser. This precise wavelength heats the fat to the exact temperature necessary to destroy SHOW MORE fat cells without impacting skin and tissue. The first 4 minutes of the treatment are spent warming the treatment area with the laser to heat up the fat cells under the skin. The next 21 minutes are spent with the laser cycling through 25 second warming phases and 10 second cooling phases. The cooling phases prevent the laser from over-heating the skin, but allow the fat cells to remain heated to the optimal temperature during the treatment. The damaged fat cells are naturally absorbed and eliminated from the body over time.

How does the SculpSure applicator work?

The applicators are applied with a grid.  They are snapped in place flush with the skin and lubricated with a gel.  The laser penetrates beneath the surface of the skin - thereby sparing the top layer of the skin.  There is a cooling and heating cycle to prevent any burn to the skin and to allow for a comfortable treatment.  

How does the SculpSure applicator work?

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The applicators are applied with a grid.  They are snapped in place flush with the skin and lubricated with a gel.  The laser penetrates beneath the surface of the skin - thereby sparing the top layer of the skin.  There is a cooling and heating cycle to prevent any burn to the skin and to allow for a comfortable treatment.  

How does Sculpsure work ?

Hello, and thank you for the question.  SculpSure utilizes a diode laser at a wavelength of 1064nm, which specifically targets fat cells, while sparing skin during the treatment.  The laser acts to heat up the fat in the treatment area. Once the fat reaches a specific temperature, lipolysis ensues, and permanent fat reduction is seen over the course of several weeks. In our hands, the patient typically requires 2-3 treatments in a given area to see optimal results. 

Warmest Regards,

Dr. Vallecillos 

How does Sculpsure work ?

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Hello, and thank you for the question.  SculpSure utilizes a diode laser at a wavelength of 1064nm, which specifically targets fat cells, while sparing skin during the treatment.  The laser acts to heat up the fat in the treatment area. Once the fat reaches a specific temperature, lipolysis ensues, and permanent fat reduction is seen over the course of several weeks. In our hands, the patient typically requires 2-3 treatments in a given area to see optimal results. 

Warmest Regards,

Dr. Vallecillos 

SculpSure Applicator

SculpSure works by using a laser to target your fat cells.  The fat cells heat up when they are hit with this laser before the skin heats up.  In addition, the applicator has a cooling mechanism that contacts the skin and keeps it cooler than the fat underneath.  Both of these mechanisms combine to target fat without damaging the overlying skin.

SculpSure Applicator

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SculpSure works by using a laser to target your fat cells.  The fat cells heat up when they are hit with this laser before the skin heats up.  In addition, the applicator has a cooling mechanism that contacts the skin and keeps it cooler than the fat underneath.  Both of these mechanisms combine to target fat without damaging the overlying skin.

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