Can one still have nodules, lumps many months after treatment?
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#Sculpsure/#Body Contouring/ #Hi Definition Procedures
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 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
Nodules and lumps after Sculpsure
If they are still persistent at 10 months, I suggest an ultrasound (this can be arranged by your Specialist who performed the procedure)- this is to exclude fibrotic tissue. For now, massage.
All the best
Dr Davin Lim
Nodules after SculpSure
Thank you for your question. Fat necrosis and nodule formation is expected although 4.5 months is not the average, but no need for you to worry, the lumps can last up to 12 months. I would recommend massaging the area a couple times a day and drink lots of water!
Best to you!
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Though not common, lumps can occur after any fat destruction or removal procedure. We see this with Sculpsure, Kybella, Thermi and liposuction. I personally had Sculspure and had 2 small lumps that resolved after massage.
4.5 months is longer than usual to have persistent lumps. They are usually a result of fat cells that have been destroyed in the treated area.
I had one patient that was treated with ThermiTight (A different fat melting/skin tightening procedure) on the abdomen who had lumps for about 6 months, but they finally resolved with massage.
My advice would be to continue to massage for a few more months and then have the area re-evalauted by your surgeon. It is certainly not going to hurt anything.
I hope your results are amazing!
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