What Realistic Expectations Should You Have With Non-Invasive Body Sculpting?

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Non-invasive body sculpting treatments like SculpSure® have soared in popularity in recent years as both women and men look for ways to look and feel their best. Because it’s non-invasive, SculpSure doesn’t have the same potential risks and complications as surgical procedures like liposuction, nor does it involve a long, uncomfortable period of recovery time like surgery. Plus, when you have SculpSure treatment at CrossRoads Family Medicine, you can go home right after your treatment session. What’s not to love?

Still, as successful as SculpSure treatment can be in helping many women and men get rid of stubborn, flabby fat, it’s not always the best choice for helping every patient achieve their goals. Knowing what SculpSure can and can’t do is important for making sure you have realistic expectations, and that’s an important part of achieving the highest levels of satisfaction when it comes to your results.

How SculpSure works

SculpSure uses a technique called laser lipolysis, which is the destruction of fat cells using laser energy. During treatment, the SculpSure device emits specific wavelengths of laser energy that have been shown to effectively break down fat cell walls so the cells themselves are destroyed. The debris left behind is carried away by your body’s waste disposal system for several weeks following your procedure. So while you may see some initial results within four to six weeks, you won’t see your final results until about 12 weeks after your treatment.

SculpSure uses a special flat applicator that's designed to provide consistent results over larger areas. In addition to emitting focused laser energy, the applicator also provides continual cooling to ensure only the fat tissue is damaged while the surrounding tissue stays cool and protected. Most treatments can be completed in about a half hour, and multiple areas can be treated in a single session. That's how it works now here's what kind of results you can expect.

SculpSure: What it can do

SculpSure can be a great choice if you’re looking to address isolated areas of excess fat and flabby tissue, like fat deposits in the upper or lower abdomen or flanks (sometimes referred to as your “love handles”). Cynosure, the manufacturer of SculpSure, reports fat reduction of about 24 percent in each treatment site. Like liposuction, SculpSure gets rid of those fat cells for good. So while it won’t get rid of 100 percent of your fat in a given area, it can get rid of enough unwanted fat to give you a sleeker, trimmer, firmer physique.

SculpSure is also a good choice for people who are near their ideal body weight and who want to refine the results they achieved through diet and exercise. Sometimes, no matter how many squats and crunches you do, you’ll still be left with “blobby” areas that just won’t budge. SculpSure can help by focusing just on those areas, getting rid of stubborn fat so you’re left with the slim physique you’re looking for.

SculpSure: What it can’t do

Non-invasive body sculpting procedures can offer lots of benefits, and, for many patients, it’s ideal for helping them get the sleeker, trimmer body they’re looking for. But as good as they are, non-invasive options like SculpSure aren’t designed to remove large amounts of fat like liposuction. If you’re hoping to remove a fairly large amount of excess fatty tissue, SculpSure and other non-invasive options aren’t the right treatments for you.

Likewise, if you’ve lost a lot of weight and you’re now left with a lot of loose, hanging skin you want to get rid of, non-invasive treatments aren’t your best choice. It’s true — after SculpSure, your skin tends to “re-mold” itself to your new contours. But when you have lots of excess skin, you’ll need to have surgery to remove that skin before any “re-molding” can occur.  

Is SculpSure right for you?

SculpSure fat reduction offers great results for people who want moderate fat reduction in specific areas so they can look and feel slimmer. To find out more about SculpSure and whether it’s a good option to help you meet your goals, contact CrossRoads Family Medicine and schedule an office visit today.

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