Sculpsure - intense pain. Can you explain why?
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Sorry to hear about your experience
Patients who have scarring or stretch marks in the treated area can experience more pain than normal during treatments. It seems that the laser energy may be dispersed differently due to these changes in the dermis. We have sued Cool Blasts and changing the energy settings for specific areas with good success.
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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
Pain associated to sculpsure... reasons
In most of the cases I have found that stria or scars capture more energy and for some reason are more sensitive to the action of the laser. Usually coolblasting and antiinflamatories before the treatment should help. Also decreasing the energy to the specific area should help.
Wishing you the best in your journey
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Check cooling system first, re check settings
Firstly, the cooling tip - contact cooling needs to be checked ensuring that there are NO chips. I have seen burns in the past when contact cooling tips fail. Secondly, I would recheck the machine and ensure re-calibrations. You are indeed correct, I can not explain this intense pain, given your high pain tolerance.
Dr Davin Lim
Laser and aesthetic dermatologist
Fiori Institute of Body Contouring,
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