Even people fully committed to a healthy diet and exercise routine can find trouble zones of extra fat that seem entirely resistant to their efforts. Women are especially susceptible to struggling with long-term fat storage, as female bodies hold on to more fat than male bodies.
So does this mean that the fight for the silhouette you’re seeking is a lost cause? Not at all, but it does explain the rising popularity of body contouring treatments. Performed in-office, body contouring treatments are non-invasive procedures that reduce or destroy fat cells in targeted areas.
At Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center, we want our clients to love their shape. That’s why we offer the body contouring treatment SculpSure at our convenient offices in El Segundo, CA. Curious about SculpSure? Here’s everything you need to know.
What is SculpSure?
SculpSure is one of the latest technologies in targeted fat reduction. This state-of-the-art body contouring solution relies on controlled laser technology. In just one 25-minute SculpSure treatment, targeted fat may be reduced up to 24%.
How Does SculpSure Work?
SculpSure treatments use apoptosis, where fat cells are gently heated up and then destroyed. The SculpSure laser applies 107–117 °F heat to the treatment area. This heat is enough to damage fat cells, which the body expels naturally through the lymphatic system as waste.
In the weeks following a SculpSure treatment, you can expect to see a gradually slimmer figure, with the pockets of unwanted fat in the treatment area permanently reduced.
Are SculpSure Treatments Safe?
The FDA has approved SculpSure as a safe option for those looking to eliminate excess body fat. While the laser energy from SculpSure heats fat cells effectively, it does not affect or harm your outer layer of skin.
The FDA’s approval of SculpSure procedures fat-fighting technology covers most areas where stubborn fat collects, including:
- Love handles
- Inner and outer thighs
Additionally, since SculpSure treatments are non-invasive, they don’t require any incisions or sutures.
What Happens During the SculpSure Procedure?
Depending on your treatment area, one of our expert team members will have you sit or lie down before strapping on the device. The SculpSure laser machine attaches to a belt with holders, which you’ll wear in the specific treatment area. The number of applicators used depends on the size of the treatment area and ranges from one to four.
Once the SculpSure procedure begins, you’ll feel a cooling sensation. This cooling combats the rising temperature of the fat cells and keeps the skin comfortable. The machine alternates between cooling and warming cycles throughout the treatment, but you can expect to feel warm generally and sometimes feel more cooling than warmth.
During the 25-minute SculpSure procedure, you can relax, read, or nap. The treatments don’t require any anesthesia or numbing.
What’s the Downtime After SculpSure?
You can resume your everyday activities immediately after SulpSure treatments.
To achieve the best results from your SculpSure procedure, we recommend applying five-minute massages to the treatment area about twice a day for the following two weeks. These massages can encourage lymphatic drainage and assist in the elimination of fat cells.
Additionally, as with any laser procedure, you’ll want to give your skin a rest from the sun. We advise avoiding the sun about one week before and one week after the procedure. When you are in the sun, apply a high SPF sunscreen.
When Can I Expect to See Results?
SculpSure treatments don’t reveal an immediate change. However, as your body metabolizes the eliminated fat cells, you’ll begin to see results. Those results start to appear about six weeks after your treatment, with full results realized at 12 weeks.
Patients who hope to receive optimal results from SculpSure treatments may need two to three sessions. The fat cells targeted and destroyed during SculpSure treatments will not regenerate. The loss of these fat cells is permanent.
However, the patients who see the best results from SculpSure maintain their weight and follow a healthy routine after their treatments. On average, patients who undergo one session of SculpSure have a 24% reduction of fat in the treated area.
What Are the Benefits of SculpSure?
Compared to other body contouring procedures, the results are the most significant benefit of SculpSure. Since SculpSure incorporates heat along with cooling, the results are more natural and blend between the treated and untreated areas without dents, dimpling, or other distinction.
Additionally, the heat from SculpSure may potentially stimulate collagen production, and some patients report an improvement to their skin after treatments. Finally, while other treatments require a “pinchable” amount of fat to work in a treatment area, SculpSure doesn’t have that restriction, so the treatment areas are more customizable.
Am I a Candidate for SculpSure?
The ideal SculpSure candidate has localized stubborn areas of fat that are unmoved by diet or exercise. Patients who are generally healthy with a BMI under 30 and who live a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and exercise see the best results.
SculpSure is not a weight-loss treatment. If you want to lose fat throughout your body, other treatments will better serve your needs.
The SculpSure procedure doesn’t affect calorie intake or the body’s ability to gain weight. SculpSure permanently destroys and eliminates fat cells. However, if you gain weight after SculpSure, the remaining fat cells will increase in size and the benefits of the treatment will diminish.
SculpSure in El Segundo, CA
When paired with a healthy lifestyle, SculpSure offers permanent loss of fat cells in targeted areas, giving you a renewed figure for years to come.
If you’re sick of fighting areas of stubborn fat resistant to diet and exercise, call or book an appointment online with the skilled team at Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center in El Segundo, CA, to learn if SculpSure is right for you.