We are told by our doctors that Sculpsure laser melts fat in stubborn areas. But, where does the fat go after it is melted?
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How does the fat go away with Sculpsure?
Unfortunately there are not basic science studies demonstrating the exact mechanism and pathways that the fat goes through with the treatment. It is believed that the treatment favors the self destructive pathway of the cell (apoptosis) favoring the immune system to destroy the injured fat cell. The usual steps are lymphatic drainage that in most of the times may end in the intestine. There are some cases of stool softening due to the secretion of fat.
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Where does the fat go after it is melted by SculpSure?
Where the fat goes after SculpSure
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SculpSure does not "melt" fat cells
We are all born with a finite number of fat cells. As our weight fluctuates the fat cells store more or less fat, they get bigger or smaller. If you remove fat cells by any means, (ie. liposuction, SculpSure, CoolSculpting, direct excision) they are gone forever! If you gain weight, the remaining fat cells will still store more fat. You need to think of SculpSure as removing unwanted bulges and changing your proportion, not a weight reducing technique. You will not gain fat in other areas of the body unequally after fat is reduced from a different area.
There is no health risk with SculpSure.
Sculpsure, Coolsculpting, Vanquish
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.
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Where does the fat go?
Where does the fat go
SculpSure and Fat Melting
Immune system carries fat away after Sculpsure
Your immune system then activates cells called macrophages that carry destroyed fat via your lymphatics- this is why it is a slow but effective process, that can take up to 3 months for optimal results.
Dr Davin Lim
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