SculpSure - Patients ask, Dr. Ringpfeil answers
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"We are thrilled to offer our patients the new SculpSure - One of most effective, efficient, and cost effective non-invasive fat reduction solutions.
While Sculpsure works great on some people, Coolsculpting may be more effective on others. Having both technologies available to us, we can now achieve even higher patient satisfaction.
Book a free consultation with one of our aestheticians to learn what is your best option."
|around 20% fat reduction in targeted area||around 22% fat reduction in targeted area|
|Abdomen - 25 minutes
Flanks - 25 minutes
|Abdomen - 1-4 hours
Flanks - 2 hours
|6-12 weeks||6-12 weeks|
|Abdomen, flanks, arms, thighs, back||Abdomen, flanks, arms, under chin, thighs, back|
Flanks - $1650
|Thermolipolysis Diode laser destroys cell with heat||Cyrolipolysis Aplicator kills cells by freezing|
SculpSure is an FDA approved device for the reduction of fat in the abdomen and flanks. The design of the applicator allows the treatment of the thighs, under chin, arms, and back.
SculpSure is using specific wavelength to target and heat up the fat cells to 43-47 degrees, which is above the threshold the cells can keep their structure. As a result substantial number (up to 25% ) of the fat cells in the treated area can no longer stay viable and die. From that point for a period of up to 12 weeks, the body moves the dead cells away from the body
To protect the skin from the heat generated by the laser, SculpSure is using contact cooling plates. As a result, there is no skin damaged and no downtime following the treatment
We use the newest and most advanced technology to provide you the most effective, tolerable, safe and most cost effective fat removal.
We developed a combined treatment to eliminate double chins and tighten loose skin in the jowls and neck areas. Excess fat under the chin is liquefied and removed with gold-standard SmartLipo that is designed to treat small pockets of fat and tighten the skin with heat. Our cosmetic doctors also use Precision TX (also knows as LazerLift) to tighten and lift sagging skin in the neck and jowls areas without surgery.
I am looking at getting fat reduction. Significantly overweight – 185lbs at 5’2. Would it be worth it to get a jump start on my abdomen/flanks?
SculpSure and Coolscuting are not suited for weight reduction, but they reshape adipose tissue that does not budge with appropriate exercise. Some of our patients do however use SculpSure, Coolsculpting, or even liposuction as a personal incentive to start their diet and exercise program to combat excess weight.
How is one able to determine if belly fat is visceral or peripheral fat?
If you can grab the fat with your fingers, it is subcutaneous (belly, leg, arm etc) fat. If it is hard to grab, it is visceral and surrounds your organs deep in the abdominal cavity.
I despise my crepey arms and legs. What is the best treatment for that, it doesn’t look like ScupltSure will reduce that?
Is there any other treatment, and if so, which gets the best results?
Some people will do quite well with a series of fractionated radiofrequency treatments (Infini or Vivace). Others might choose surgery, although scarring must be considered.
Is the emsculpt procedure a good method for visceral fat in the abdomen area
Luckily, none of the external fat reducing devises such as EmSculpt, SculpSure or Coolsculting can reach visceral fat. This assures safe fat removal of subcutaneous fat without potential impact on inner organs. A high amount of visceral fat is associated with increased insulin resistance and possible development of type II diabetes. If you believe or know that you have visceral fat, you should work on eating a balanced diet as soon as possible. Please check out the teachings of Dr Neal Barnard, available every once in a while on PBS, or able to order online.
I just want only one treatment of SculpSure for my abdomen, and I have Medicare. How much would this procedure will cost me, out of pocket?
SculpSure is usually based on two treatments in the right candidate, unless it is used to smooth out skin with rare side effects after Coolsculpting or liposuction. Cost per treatment depends on extend of abdominal adipose tissue that is treated, e.g. upper or lower abdomen or both. It could be between $900 and $2200 per treatment. We would need to evaluate you to provide a specific price quote.
I have a pacemaker, can I still do this treatment?
A pacemaker is not a contraindication to SculpSure treatment.
I have been on steroids, now a low dose (4 mg daily), for almost 15 years because of an autoimmune disease. I developed “fat pads” on the lower part of both sides of my neck, leading into my shoulders, and on the back of my neck associated with the steroids. Is this anything that SculpSure could help?
While this is an off label use, SculpSure might be possible. You would need an in-person evaluation for fitting of the laser pads with your consultation.
I had a periumbilical hernia repair ~10 years ago (not sure if mesh repair or not)–is it ok to get Sculpsure for an area of lower abdominal fat that is close to, but below, the umbilical area? BMI is 19, if that matters. Thank you!
SculpSure would be feasible as long as the treatment area does not have a scar. A mesh does not usually extend widely beyond the umbilical hernia repair site and is not usually made of metal for this purpose. A metal implant would be a contraindication to laser use. If in doubt, it would be best to speak to obtain clarification from the surgeon who performed the umbilical hernia repair.
I’m interested in SculpScure procedure for the abdominal area. How many sessions are required? Is the estimated price shown per session?
If you are a candidate with a BMI below 28, You should anticipate 2 sessions. The estimate is price per session
How long is recovery?
There is not usually any recovery time. The most common side effects are a little achiness for a couple of days resembling sore muscles after work put or a slight bruise for a few days. There should be no other downtime.