Active Adult Male - Low BMR - Low Body Fat - Treating Abdominal Area - Ten Pounds Overweight - Downers Grove, IL

I am an athletic, fit and active adult male. I...

I am an athletic, fit and active adult male. I work out five to six times per week. My girlfriend and I still like to compete in multiple sports, so we are exceptionally active. We do 5 and 10k running events, we do 8-person rowing races, the obstacle type races, some as long as 15k, play volleyball, softball and tennis. Despite all of that activity and excellent diets, I still had a bulging abdomen that my doctor attributes to my age and says there is nothing I can do about it - diet or exercise related.

So I researched non invasive fat reduction and over the last four or five years never found anything that made scientific sense - until SculpSure came out and was FDA approved.

I chose a facility in a Chicago suburb over the facilities in the city for one main reason. That was that I was assessed by a doctor, not a tech. After much discussion I worked out a price I thought was fair. In most Chicago and suburban locations the charge is $350 per paddle, so $1400 per full treatment area. There was no doubt that I would have needed both upper and lower abs done so I made a deal to do both upper and lower for $2100, if done that day, to which the doctor agreed.

The key to negotiating these sessions is to remember that they booked your time, and whether or not you use it, they still have that hour off the books. So to me it is better for them to make a deal and fill the hour than to have you walk. Plus I had written prices from other facilities and I would have walked if I did not get my price.

That said, I did the four paddles on the lower abs, then immediately did four paddles on the upper abs. The procedure is painful, just like getting a burn. Frankly, despite what they show on the show The Doctors, the procedure is unlikely to work unless it hurts. The mode of operation depends on high heat, high temperature and therefore, most likely pain. I had the tech constantly moving the level up and down as my tolerance allowed. I was not able to keep it at 1.4 due to having a skin injury from a fall in one of our races, but I managed to move from 1.1 to 1.3 and a few at 1.4, up and down.

There is absolutely no recovery time needed. I went from the chair to running stadium steps 20 minutes later. I had a lot of pain during, but zero pain after.

It has been ten days since the procedure and so far I see zero results. They want me to come back at six weeks for assessment and a second procedure (already negotiated at $1500 for both areas), but I will not return except to complain if I do not see results better than what I am seeing so far.

I was supposedly the "ideal" candidate - fairly lean, only ten pounds over weight, area to be treated is not sagging, BMR is low, total body fat percentage is low. And I included my activity above to give perspective. If this does not work for me I can't see it working for anyone consistently. I saw the before and after on the manufacturers web site and I am no where near as fat as the one guy who seems to magically lose 60% of his gut. My "before" is like his "after" and so far no results.

I will update after six weeks and let you know real results.

The doctor that assessed me was easy to communicate with and seemed genuinely interested in a positive outcome. He is a board certified surgeon and being a surgeon, first recommended lipo suction of some sort over the SculpSure. He said I was an ideal candidate for SculpSure but also noted results are controlled and virtually guaranteed with lip and that the cost was not that much more. Optimal SculpSure results would require two treatments to as many as two or three areas and would ultimately cost over $4,000 if abdomen and flanks were each done twice. His lipo offer for the same areas was $4,500. He did not push, just wanted me to weigh cost versus outcome.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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