SculpSure Non-Invasive Laser Body Contouring
SculpSure helps you achieve a slimmer, more natural-looking appearance.
No surgery. No downtime. Just results.
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How does Sculpsure Works?
You work out. You eat your fruits and veggies. But there’s always a few troublesome areas all of us can never quite change. SculpSure treatments help bring out the hard work you put in every day, so you can feel your best. The non-invasive, light-based technology targets and destroys treated fat cells. For good. Just natural-looking 8 and long-lasting results. No surgery. No downtime. Check out the areas we treat:
- Love handles
- Inner and outer thighs
What is SculpSure?
SculpSure is a laser-based, noninvasive treatment that’s used to target and reduce or eliminate fat. It works for both men and women and on a variety of body types. One procedure takes an average of 25 minutes and can target multiple areas at once.
What To Expect?
When the treatment starts, initially you will feel a cooling sensation. This helps keep the skin comfortable during treatment. The cooling will be on the entire treatment, while the laser cycles on and off, raising the temperature of the fat cells. Most patients feel a deep warmth and/or tingling sensation intermittently throughout the treatment which is generally well-tolerated. After the 25-minute treatment is finished, you can resume your daily activities, as there is no post-treatment down time.
Does SculpSure actually work?
For the skeptics out there, SculpSure is classified as a permanent fat-reduction treatment. According to Walden, “Clinical studies show it will help to destroy up to 25% of fat cells in the treated area. After the treatment, fat cells will not regenerate.”
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Frequently Asked Questions
SculpSure Q & A
Is SculpSure better than CoolSculpting?
How long does SculpSure last?
Can SculpSure damage organs?
How many inches can you lose with SculpSure?
How many times can you do SculpSure?
Do you lose weight with SculpSure?
What are the side effects of SculpSure?
Does SculpSure tighten skin too?
How painful is SculpSure?
Does SculpSure help with cellulite?
What should I do after SculpSure?
The Ultimate Guide
Frequently Asked Questions
SculpSure Results & Efficacy
Q: How long will the improvement in my appearance last?
A: The treated fat cells are permanently destroyed and will not regenerate. SculpSure is intended for those who maintain a healthy lifestyle, yet experience stubborn fat in treatable areas, such as the flanks, abdomen, inner and outer thighs, back, and under the chin. As long as significant weight gain is not experienced, you will maintain your SculpSure results.
Q: Will SculpSure cause “shelving”, “shark bites”, lumpy or uneven areas?
A: SculpSure’s light-based technology targets and heats fat cells, destroying their structural integrity. The feathering of heat spread provides a natural smooth contour, unlike cryoliposis, which uses fat- freezing technology and has had reported instances of both the above side effects.
Q: Will my stubborn fat be completely eliminated?
A: During a SculpSure treatment, fat cells in the treated area are disrupted with heat and naturally eliminated over time. However, it is unlikely that all fat cells will be removed from the treated area.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: Every client is different. Most clients see the best results when they have a series of treatments. Ask your treatment provider about the treatment plan that is right for you.
Q: Will I lose weight?
A: SculpSure is not a weight loss solution, and therefore does not result in weight loss following treatment.
Q: How soon will I see results after a SculpSure treatment?
A: Many clients start to see results as early as six weeks following treatment, as the body begins to evacuate the destroyed fat cells, with optimal results usually seen 12 weeks after your final treatment.
Q: What kind of results can I expect to see?
A: Your treatment area will look smaller and more contoured. You may even notice that your clothes fit better!
Q: Will I see results after one treatment?
A: Most clients require a series of treatments to achieve the results they desire. Results can be seen at six weeks after treatment, with optimal results typically seen at 12 weeks.
Q: How much fat will SculpSure remove?
A: While every client is different, some studies show up to 24% of fat cells can be destroyed in the treated area.
Q: Who is a good candidate for SculpSure?
A: SculpSure candidates have stubborn fat in areas that seem resistant to diet and exercise. SculpSure is intended for non-invasive fat reduction of the abdomen, flanks, back, inner and outer thighs and the submental (under the chin) area. SculpSure is not a weight loss solution and is ideal for candidates with a BMI of up to 30 for body treatments and up to 43 for under the chin treatments.
Q: How should I prepare for my SculpSure treatment?
A: Be sure that your skin is free of lotions or creams, that you have eaten a meal and are well-hydrated.
Q: Can I get treated while pregnant?
A: We do not recommend treatment for pregnant or lactating mothers.
Q: Do I have to take any medication before or after my SculpSure treatment?
A: There is no need for any medications with the SculpSure treatment. Client feedback helps us determine appropriate settings during the treatment.
Q: Can I get a SculpSure treatment if I have had other procedures done?
A: During your consultation, it is important to share your medical history, including prior treatments, so that your treatment provider can determine if SculpSure is right for you. Recent surgeries in the treatment area need to be discussed with the treatment provider.
Q: Can I get a SculpSure treatment right before a special event?
A: SculpSure treatments will not require any change in your normal daily routine. You may experience mild tenderness after your treatment, but this should not affect your daily activities. However, if your intent is to have results before
the event in question, please plan ahead for optimal results – 6-12 weeks post-treatment. You will need to adjust your timeline accordingly.
Q: What is the minimum / maximum BMI permissible with SculpSure?
A: SculpSure for the body (flanks, abdomen, thighs, and back) is intended for clients with a BMI of 30 or less. Patients contouring the under-chin area can have a BMI of up to 43. However, it is more important to consider the body composition of each client and expectations. Your provider will assess your areas of concern and determine if your body type is appropriate for treatment.
Q: What areas of my body can I have treated with SculpSure?
A: SculpSure is FDA cleared for treatment of the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, and submental (under the chin) areas.
Q: How much does a SculpSure treatment cost?
A: Your provider will develop a customized treatment plan based on your desired results. Ask your treatment provider for the treatment package that is right for you.
During your treatment
Q: How long does a treatment take?
A: Each SculpSure treatment takes 25 minutes to complete. Multiple treatment areas may be recommended in a single day to achieve optimal results.
Q: What should I expect during a treatment?
A: You will be comfortably positioned on a treatment bed or chair, and applicators will be attached to the desired treatment area with a belt. During the first 4 minutes of the treatment, the build phase occurs, during which the temperature of the fat cells are heated to target treatment temperature. After the build phase, the temperature will be sustained for an additional 21 minutes (sustain phase). Your practitioner will monitor your comfort level during treatment and adjust the settings accordingly. You may experience a little discomfort, approximately 3.7 out of 10 on a pain scale.
Q: Who will perform my SculpSure treatment?
A: Regulations vary from state to state on who is authorized to perform your treatment. Check your local laws to see who can perform SculpSure treatments. They may be performed by nurses, aestheticians, medical assistants, and physicians, depending on state regulations.
Q: How many areas can you treat in one day?
A: You can treat as many areas as you want, however it is not recommended to treat the same area within the same day. We recommend 4-6 weeks between treatments on the same areas.
Q: Does the SculpSure treatment hurt?
A: Most clients feel an intermittent tingling and peaks of deep heating, followed by a comfortable cooling sensation. Most clients find the treatment tolerable.
Q: How is the sensation of a SculpSure treatment described?
A: Some clients will experience sensations which range from prickling, pinching, pressure and peaks of moderate deep heat and cooling.
Q: What should I expect after a treatment?
A: Many clients report tissue tenderness when the treated area is touched; however the treatment is generally well- tolerated and does not prevent you from resuming your daily activities. Most clients report the sensation is similar to having done a vigorous workout. This feeling typically resolves in less than 2 weeks.
Q: When can I schedule my next treatment?
A: Prior to leaving the office after your first appointment, you should schedule your next treatment appointment for 4-6 weeks. Your SculpSure treatment provider will discuss the best treatment regimen for you.
Q: Can I exercise and resume my normal activities on the day of treatment?
A: Yes, there is no restriction on exercise and you can resume your normal activities immediately following treatment. In fact, exercise may help stimulate the metabolic process. Staying well-hydrated during the elimination stage will encourage this process as well.
Q: Will SculpSure leave loose skin where my fat has been eliminated?
A: To date, there have been no reported cases of increased skin laxity post treatment. However, if you have severe laxity in the treatment area, SculpSure may not provide you with the results you want. Ask your treatment provider if SculpSure is right for you.
Q: Why do you recommend that I massage after a SculpSure treatment?
A: Gently massaging the treatment area after SculpSure may help stimulate lymphatic drainage, and may enhance your results.
Q: Can I treat areas other than my flanks and abdomen?
A: Currently the SculpSure device is FDA-cleared for treatment of the flanks, abdomen, back, inner and outer thighs, and submental (under the chin) areas.
Q: Is it possible to treat the same area again sooner than the recommended 4-6 weeks? A: To date, there have been no formal studies looking at the potential effects of treating sooner than 4-6 weeks.
Q: What is the protocol for maintenance treatments?
A: Maintenance treatments can be performed at the discretion of the client and SculpSure treatment provider.
The fat cells that are destroyed during treatment will never come back. However, the fat cells that that do remain can can increase in volume. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and staying well-hydrated will give you long-lasting results.
Q: Do I have to wear a compression garment after my SculpSure treatment?
A: There is no need to wear a compression garment following treatment.
Q: How much time will I need to heal?
A: There is no downtime after a SculpSure treatment. You can resume your normal activities, including exercise, immediately post-treatment.
How SculpSure Works
Q: Where does the treated fat go?
A: The destroyed fat cells will be eliminated naturally through your body’s lymphatic system.
Q: Why is the SculpSure treatment only 25 minutes when other treatments last much longer? A: We are able to heat fat and maintain the temperature efficiently and effectively to achieve fat destruction in a short amount of time. This is based on 7 years of extensive research.
Q: How is SculpSure different from other fat reduction procedures?
A: SculpSure is the world’s first FDA-cleared light-based device for non-invasive lipolysis. SculpSure offers versatility with four applicators, which can be placed in a variety of configurations. Contact Cooling™ ensures a safe and tolerable treatment for all skin types. Unlike cryolipolysis, SculpSure does not require a painful post-treatment massage, or result in shelving or shark bites. With SculpSure, the results are natural looking.
Q: How deep does the laser energy penetrate?
A: The depth of penetration will depend on the thickness of fat for that individual patient. Internal temperature testing has shown that SculpSure can heat fat as deep as 3 cm below the dermis. If the fat thickness is less than that, the laser energy will only target the fat cells, and not affect tissue, muscle, or underlying organs.
Q: Can SculpSure improve my cellulite?
A: The potential side effect on cellulite has not been studied in conjunction with SculpSure.
Q: How does SculpSure induce cell death?
A: SculpSure is a hyperthermic laser treatment. The laser energy increases the temperature of the fat cells between 42-47°C. Numerous studies have shown, using in vivo, ex vivo and theoretical analysis, that if you increase the temperature of fat to a certain temperature and maintain that temperature for a period of time, the fat cells will be permanently destroyed.
Q: What happens to the destroyed fat that is released in the body?
A: To date, there haven’t been any studies published that have demonstrated the exact process of fat clearance post non-invasive procedures. However, there have been many studies that show that serum lipid and serum liver values remain stable post treatment. These findings are consistent with SculpSure’s research that studied serum lipid and liver values at various time points post treatment. It is widely accepted that the body processes the destroyed fat through the lymphatic system and basic metabolic pathways.
Q: What does non-invasive mean?
A: Non-invasive procedures do not require an incision through the skin or the removal of tissue from the body as with a surgical procedure. Many times patients do not want to endure anesthesia and/or a prolonged healing process.
SculpSure provides results without incisions or downtime.
Q: What are the possible side effects of a SculpSure treatment?
A: The most common side effects include mild swelling, mild redness, tissue tenderness, and tissue firmness (small, hardened areas in the deep fat layer). All side effects seen during clinical studies resolved on their own. Your treatment provider will review these side effects with you.
Q: Will SculpSure raise my cholesterol?
A: Studies have shown that the SculpSure treatment will not raise your cholesterol.3
Q: Can you treat a client with a hernia repair?
A: A client can be treated if the hernia has been addressed and you are not placing the applicators over scar tissue. Please consult the treating physician regarding their best practices.
SculpSure vs. the Competition
Q: How does SculpSure compare to CoolSculpting®?
A: : SculpSure is a laser treatment that heats your fat cells, while CoolSculpting uses cold to freeze them. SculpSure uses four non-suction applicators that can be configured many ways to provide a fully-customizable treatment. CoolSculpting uses various applicators, some of which require strong vacuum suction to pull skin and fat into a freezing chamber. CoolSculpting requires longer treatment times, while SculpSure takes just 25 minutes per area. After your SculpSure treatment, there are minimal side effects, and you can resume your normal activity
immediately. SculpSure and CoolSculpting produce similar results in terms of the amount of fat you will lose, however, with CoolSculpting, there is a risk of increased fat volume in the treated area, as well as irregularities such as shelving or shark bites. SculpSure’s results leave you with a smooth and natural body contour.
Q: How does the pain in the days following a SculpSure treatment compare to CoolSculpting?
A: SculpSure patients report only mild tissue tenderness that can last up to 2 weeks. CoolSculpting has reports of delayed-onset pain often resulting in the need for medical intervention.
Q: Is SculpSure an alternative to liposuction?
A: SculpSure is a non-invasive treatment to reduce areas of localized fat. For clients that aren’t candidates for liposuction, or simply don’t want the risk or downtime associated with surgery, SculpSure may be a great alternative. Be sure to discuss your expectations with your treatment provider to decide what’s best for you.
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What is SculpSure?
SculpSure is a nonsurgical body-contouring treatment that uses diode-laser energy to permanently destroy stubborn fat cells. The treatment is popular for reducing unwanted fat on the belly, flanks, back, thighs, and under the chin—especially among people who want to avoid a more invasive liposuction procedure.
These laser treatments are relatively quick, with no downtime, so you can go back to work (or even hit the gym) right away, without anyone knowing you’ve done it. According to Dr. Jennifer Walden, a plastic surgeon with MedSpas in both Austin and New York City, one SculpSure session can destroy up to 24% of fat cells in the treated area—so you might need two or more sessions, about two months apart, to reach your goals.
The SculpSure device cools the surface of the skin, while its laser energy heats only the underlying fat cells until they are too damaged to survive. Over the coming days and weeks, the body flushes them out through the lymphatic system. You should start seeing results within six weeks, with full results visible in three months.
The fat cells you lose don’t return, but if you do gain weight, the fat cells that remain can expand in size or new fat cells can form, so a healthy diet and regular exercise are key to keeping your results.
Also known as: Nonsurgical Body Contouring, Nonsurgical Fat Reduction
Who makes a good candidate for SculpSure?
“SculpSure is for someone who has body-fat areas resistant to diet and exercise,” says Dr. Walden. Richmond, Virginia–based facial plastic surgeon Dr. Travis Shaw concurs in a RealSelf Q&A, saying that “the ideal patient is active and otherwise healthy but has stubborn areas of fat that no amount of exercise or dieting seems to help.” SculpSure candidates should be no more than 30 pounds over their ideal weight, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less. People with varying degrees of skin elasticity can be suitable candidates.
What are the pros and cons of SculpSure?
SculpSure is noninvasive, with no downtime and minimal side effects.
Both pinchable and nonpinchable fat can be treated.
The treatment has also been shown to tighten skin.
The destroyed fat cells don’t return, so results are permanent if you maintain a stable weight.
Results aren’t as quickly apparent as with liposuction, and you’ll have to wait for up to three months to see your full results.
You might need two or more treatments to reach your goals.
You’ll need to avoid sun exposure on the area that’s being treated, for a week before and after the procedure, to prevent any risk of sunburn.
It’s not a weight-loss procedure, and you need to be within 30 pounds of your ideal weight or have a body mass index of 30 or less.
What happens during a SculpSure treatment?
You’ll start with a consultation with your doctor, who will determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. If you and your doctor determine that SculpSure is the best option to help reach your goals, you’ll collaborate on a treatment plan that aligns with your desired results, your morphology (how your body is built), and your body mass index.
When it’s time for your procedure, you’ll recline and special frames will be applied on the body areas to be treated. Then the SculpSure device will be wrapped around you like a “body belt,” it’s four applicators fitted to the frames. Each treatment should take about 25 minutes, depending on the size of the treated area, and you can get multiple areas treated during the same appointment. You could have this treatment done during your lunch break and then drive yourself back to the office, and no one there would be any the wiser.
“The patient will feel immediate cooling and gradual warming in the treatment area for the first four minutes, then an interchange between heating and cooling sensations for the next 21 minutes,” says Dr. Walden. Cooling protects the surface of the skin from overheating as the laser cycles on and off and makes treatment more comfortable.
The pinching or tingling sensation isn’t an issue for most people, but everyone’s pain tolerance is different. SculpSure heats the fat cells to about 107 degrees, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, so you’re bound to feel something. Some RealSelf members say in their reviews that it was more painful than they expected it to be. If you are concerned about pain, discuss pre-procedure pain medication options with your doctor.
What can you expect after SculpSure?
SculpSure treatments have very few reported side effects. Temporary effects in the first few days afterward include redness, bruising, and swelling. You might feel a little sore the next day, so wearing a garment with a relaxed elastic waist will probably feel a little more comfortable rather than skinny jeans. Dr. Walden says this tenderness in the treated area could last for up to two weeks following the treatment.
Hydrate yourself especially well during those two weeks, to help flush out the destroyed fat cells.
To minimize the risk of bruising, lay off alcohol, fish oil, aspirin, ibuprofen, and anything else that can thin the blood and that isn’t medically necessary for you to take during the week leading up to your treatment and for the first few days afterward.
“It is possible to develop lumps after a treatment, but this isn’t very common. I haven’t seen a patient where the lumps didn’t eventually go away over time, but it’s possible that it could take several months,” says San Francisco facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Echavez. Doctors usually recommend massaging the treated area twice a day, to help any lumps of damaged fat cells resolve on their own.
What are the risks and side effects of SculpSure?
Although considered a low-risk procedure, SculpSure has a few possible side effects.
Bruising. To minimize this risk, lay off alcohol, fish oil, aspirin, ibuprofen, and anything else that can thin the blood and isn’t medically necessary for you to take during the week leading up to your treatment and for the first few days afterward.
Sunburn. Doctors recommend keeping the area to be treated out of the sun for a week prior to the procedure. You’ll also need to avoid exposing the treated area to sunlight for a week.
Lumps of damaged fat cells. “It is possible to develop lumps after a SculpSure treatment, but this isn’t very common,,” says San Francisco facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Echavez in a RealSelf Q&A. Doctors usually recommend massaging the treated area twice a day, to help any lumps resolve on their own. “I haven’t seen a patient where the lumps didn’t eventually go away over time, but it’s possible that it could take several months,” says Dr. Echavez.
Dr. Emil Tanghetti, a dermatologist in Sacramento, pairs SculpSure with a Zimmer ZWave treatment to prevent lumps and improve results. “We have patients come in weekly after their SculpSure treatments for treatments with the Zwave device,” Dr. Tanghetti explains. “The Zwave produces a shockwave that hastens the removal of the damaged fat cells and decreases the risk of nodules or lumps after treatment.”
When will you see results from SculpSure?
You’ll notice improvements in about 6 to 8 weeks, but it can take up to 12 weeks to see the final outcome. Dr. Walden says that the same area can be treated again after several months, if more fat reduction is desired—and most people do require two or more treatments to get the results they want, since each SculpSure session destroys up to 24% of fat cells in a targeted area.
Are SculpSure results permanent?
The fat cells that are killed don’t regenerate, so your results will last as long as you maintain your weight and fitness routines. If you do put on extra pounds, the remaining fat cells can get larger—and it is possible for adults to produce new fat cells.
How much does SculpSure cost?
RealSelf members say SculpSure costs about $2,200, on average. The amount you end up paying will depend on the size of the area you want treated, how many sessions you’ll need to get the results you desire, the experience level of your provider, and their office location. In some practices, the treatments are performed by a trained member of the doctor’s medical staff, such as a nurse practitioner, aesthetician, or physician’s assistant (rather than by the doctor). Be sure to ask who will be handling your procedure and make sure you’re comfortable with their level of experience.
It’s a cosmetic procedure, so it’s not covered by health insurance.
CoolSculpting vs. SculpSure: What’s the difference?
CoolSculpting reduces unwanted fat by freezing fat cells. Like SculpSure, injured fat cells are excreted via the body’s lymphatic system. The primary difference between them is that SculpSure uses controlled heat, whereas CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling, or cryolipolysis.
According to a 2016 study published by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, 98% of SculpSure patients were satisfied with their results compared to 73% of CoolSculpting patients. However, SculpSure has a lower Worth It Rating from RealSelf members.
Dr. Tanghetti also points out another difference between CoolSculpting and SculpSure: some CoolSculpting patients develop a side effect called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH), in which fat cells react to the extreme cold by expanding.
CoolSculpting’s manufacturer says PAH occurs after 0.025% of treatments, but a study reported in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2018 suggests that the rate might be as high as 0.72% (1 out of every 138 cryolipolysis treatments).
“This side effect has not been seen in patients treated with SculpSure,” says Dr. Tanghetti. “This is an important reason why I prefer to offer SculpSure instead of CoolSculpting for my patients.”
truSculpt vs. SculpSure: What’s the difference?
Both truSculpt iD and truSculpt 3D are nonsurgical body contouring procedures that use radiofrequency (RF) energy to destroy fat cells, while SculpSure uses diode-laser energy. The older truSculpt 3D device has two handpieces, and the newer truSculpt iD has six, so it can treat multiple areas at once.
For those with a higher body mass index who generally aren’t eligible for SculpSure, truSculpt may be a good option. It’s FDA-cleared for people with a BMI above 30.
Both Sculpsure and TruSculpt report results of up to 24% fat reduction in one treatment, and both have high Worth It Ratings.
Emsculpt vs. SculpSure: What’s the difference?
Emsculpt is a newer nonsurgical body-contouring treatment that uses an electromagnetic field to stimulate rapid muscle contractions. Originally used to burn fat in your butt and around your abs and obliques, Emsculpt is now approved for treating biceps, triceps, thighs, and calves. If you’re already fairly fit and want to firm up, Emsculpt might be right for you.
Vanquish vs. Sculpsure: What’s the difference?
Vanquish is another nonsurgical body contouring procedure that uses RF energy to heat and kill fat cells on the abdomen and thighs. Unlike SculpSure, the Vanquish device is contact-free and never touches your skin due to its hover-over design. Vanquish can treat large areas in a single session and has been proven to safely deliver RF energy to the entire midsection, with one study observing lasting results in over 75% of patients four years post-treatment.
What are some other alternatives to SculpSure?
SculpSure currently has one of the highest Worth It Ratings of any nonsurgical fat-reduction treatment, but it’s worth considering other options, beyond those we’ve compared above.
UltraShape is another nonsurgical procedure that breaks up fat cells using ultrasound-frequency energy. Typically, UltraShape targets the stomach, hips, and thighs.
If you’re up for minimally invasive surgery, consider liposuction. A surgeon uses a thin tube called a cannula to suction out fat cells, so this procedure does require tiny incisions (to allow for the insertion of the cannula), which may result in scarring. It also costs more up front, and you’d have one to two weeks of downtime. There’s also the possibility of asymmetry, dimpling, and hard scar tissue, especially if your surgeon is inexperienced. But it has a high Worth It Rating and delivers dramatic results, much more quickly than any nonsurgical option.