What are the exact reasons SculpSure is recommended only for people at or near their target weight?
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SculpSure for fat (people)
Patients who have a BMI of 31 or less are considered to be ideal candidates for SculpSure. A BMI, however, is not always indicative of the fat distribution. For instance, if a patient carries more fat on their legs than on their stomach and flanks, they could still see great results from SculpSure in the tummy area.
SculpSure is not a weight loss tool, but more of an aid to help healthy individuals overcome a plateau and reach their ideal look.
If an individual is overweight or has a high BMI, they should consult a physician to see if SculpSure is the ideal option for them.
Sculpsure is touted as an easy, painless, safe and efficacious way to remove up to 24% of fat cells with one treatment. In a patient who is rather large and who has a lot of fat, this reduction is likely not going to be enough to warrant satisfaction. In my patients who are a little larger, I will often at least recommend 2 treatments - or will recommend other more traditional treatment modalities (like liposuction). SculpSure is not a necessarily cheap treatment, and the applicators can only cover so much; in patients who have a large area to treat, and who may need multiple treatments to really ensure satisfaction, it can be a little cost-prohibitive.
Regardless, should you have questions or concerns, it is best to meet with you Plastic Surgeon in person and have an examination and consultation. Best of luck!
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Why is SculpSure recommended for people at or near their target weight?
SculpSure for those who are overweight
That is an excellent question. Ideally, SculpSure is used on those near their ideal weight but have those areas that just won't go away no matter how complaint they are with diet and exercise. However, it should be well explained that SculpSure is not a weight loss method and cannot take the place of diet and exercise. That being said, it won't affect future weight loss. If someone who has significant excess weight wants SculpSure, the evaluating clinician should be very clear about expectations, number of treatment, and cost. I have done SculpSure on individuals with a higher BMI that had certain areas that were simply out of proportion to the rest of their bodies. These individuals just want things to appear more fluid and symmetric, and I make certain they have realistic goals of what to expect.
Why is SculpSure recommended only for people at or near their target weight?
Contouring and focal reduction over weight loss for SculpSure
I will be honest, and say this- someone who is in the 'healthy BMI range' with focal areas of fat will notice the difference a lot more than some one who is obese. Will these treatments work in obese patients? Yes, it will decrease fat, but the AMOUNT of fat reduction as an overall percentage is not enough to give a good result. The combination of dieting, exercise and in some cases surgical procedures maybe needed for optimal results. Once their BMI drops, sure, these patients are now candidates for SculpSure or Coolsculpting.
Dr Davin Lim
Laser and aesthetic dermatologist
FIORI INSTITUTE of Body Contouring
SculpSure is only for patients with a BMI under 30
Sculpsure, Coolsculpting, Vanquish, Thermi
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.
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 her 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.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute
No weight loss expectations
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