Are you tired of eating healthy and exercising regularly, only to discover that you still have stubborn pinches of fat in your abdomen, thighs, or buttocks? Nothing is more frustrating than doing everything right, only to be held back by troublesome spots that never seem to change no matter what you do. That’s why Anazao MD in Steamboat Springs, CO, provides SculpSure treatments that will target these problem areas and help you feel confident in your own skin.
SculpSure treatment by Cynosure is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that stimulates the reduction of stubborn fat in most areas of your body. Each treatment only takes 25 minutes and can abolish a significant portion of fat cells without the need for extensive and expensive surgery. If you are looking to achieve a natural appearance without undergoing surgery or downtime, you might consider giving this treatment a try.
How Many SculpSure Treatments Do I Need?
It depends on your current fat distribution and your personal aesthetic goals. The laser used in this treatment can penetrate between half and one and a half inches of fat. Since each therapy can permanently destroy up to 24% of fat cells, it’s up to you whether you want to schedule multiple treatments. One client might only need a single treatment to get the results they desire. Someone else might need at least three treatments to achieve their desired look.
Most patients are satisfied with one to three treatments per area that they want to reshape. You can focus on one site only or receive treatment on several areas of your body. Each treatment creates permanent results, so once you are satisfied, you can stop. We will review your cosmetic goals during your initial consultation and determine how many treatments you can expect to have. Every client is different, and most experience the best results after receiving multiple treatments.
How Does It Work?
During your treatment, we will use laser energy to target unwanted fat cells and “melt” them away without causing any damage to the top layer of your skin. As the temperature of your fat cells rises, it will damage them structurally and cause them to break down. Over three months or so, the broken-down cells will pass through your lymphatic system and naturally leave your body through urination.
What Areas Does This Work On?
Most of our clients use this treatment to remove excess fat from their love handles, flanks, thighs, abdomen, buttocks, backs, and upper arms. You can also use it to aid in the reduction of a double chin. However, as long as you have at least one inch of pinchable fat, this treatment can work on any part of your body.
How Long Until I See Results?
How fast you notice the effects will depend on your body, but most patients can see noticeable changes within six weeks. With that being said, it usually takes up to three months to get optimal results. Most patients love that it takes a while to see changes because it makes it appear as if they are gradually losing weight.
How Long Do Results Last?
Fat cells that are eliminated during treatment won’t regenerate. You can expect results to last you for as long as you want, provided that you maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can undergo sets of one to three sessions spaced every six weeks until you start getting peak results. There is also no inflammation associated with this technique, so you can count on developing healthier tissue for a great complexion.
What to Expect
During your appointment, you will lie back comfortably and have the device wrapped around you. The applicators on the device contain a 1060-nanometer diode laser that reaches a temperature hot enough to kill fat cells that are below your skin. Throughout treatment, the device will alternate between laser heat and a cooling effect to keep you comfortable. During treatment, you can read, nap, or simply relax and visualize your newly shaped body.
How Is Fat Loss Different Than Weight Loss?
Throughout your life, your body tends to store a seemingly endless number of fat cells. During weight loss, your fat cells will change in size but won’t diminish in number, which is why keeping a healthy diet and regularly exercising doesn’t always get you the results you want. SculpSure permanently destroys your fat cells, lowering the count.
Benefits of Using This Method
Aside from the fact that it’s non-surgical, you will be excited to know that it also requires no anesthesia, and you’ll be able to resume normal activities after each appointment. This technique is safe and utilizes the same type of laser devices used in time-tested methods such as laser peels and laser liposuction.
How Does This Treatment Compare to Other Fat Reduction Treatments?
With a few other fat reduction options out there, how do you know if this treatment is right for you? With methods such as CoolScuplting, EmSculpt, TruSculpt, Vanquish, UltraShape, VelaShape, and Kybella currently available on the market as well, you might not be sure which one is best.
Unlike using heat to kill fat cells, CoolSculpting uses a controlled cooling method that freezes them to death. SculpSure rivals CoolSculpting because it is more affordable, less invasive, and can treat up to four areas at a time instead of just one.
EmSculpt is a non-invasive process that uses electromagnetic energy to melt fat cells while also triggering muscle growth. This treatment focuses on improving your muscle definition as well as contour. Since most candidates are just looking to fit into their favorite clothes or top off their current results, they prefer SculpSure over EmSculpt.
TruSculpt is best for those with a body mass index of 30 or higher and also works by using heat to kill fat cells. The key difference with this treatment is that TruSculpt uses proprietary radio frequency technology instead of a laser. It can also lighten your skin, making it an appealing option to those unsatisfied with their skin tone.
Similar to TruSculpt, Vanquish also uses radiofrequency technology to kill unwanted far cells. The main difference here is that it may take more sessions to achieve the results you want, and it’s also less targeted. Most patients get the results they want after only one or two sessions of SculpSure instead of four to six sessions of Vanquish.
UltraShape uses ultrasound energy to destroy fat cells with a handheld device instead of a belt. Clinical trials have proven UltraShape effectively reduces fat cells by up to 32% but typically requires at least three sessions, so if you think you only need one SculpSure treatment, this option may not be for you.
VelaShape is a contouring treatment that focuses on eliminating cellulite and loose skin as opposed to weight. Unless you also suffer from additional skin conditions, this option also may not make as much sense.
Kybella is a fat reduction technique that targets your chin and works to eliminate the dreaded double chin. Kybella treatments are significantly shorter than SculpSure treatments, taking only about 10 to 12 minutes per session. However, Kybella is also administered as injections, which may be a turnoff for patients with a phobia of needles.
Am I a Good Candidate for Treatment?
The ideal candidates for treatment are healthy men and women with a body mass index of 30 or less. The ideal candidate is either within 10 pounds of their desired weight or currently at their goal weight. Since the laser can only penetrate so far into your fat, those who are too far from their ideal weight may not be satisfied with their results.
You must also be confident in your ability to maintain a healthy weight. Normal fluctuations in your weight will not affect your body after treatment, but if you struggle with losing and gaining high amounts of weight, the elastin in your skin can break down and leave you with unsightly loose skin.
Although this treatment has been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), there has been no research on how it affects pregnant women or breastfeeding women. If you have completed treatment and then get pregnant, there is no risk to you or your unborn child.
However, weight gain is typical during pregnancy, so if you have a treatment done before getting pregnant, you may regain fat in areas that have been previously treated. The good news is that if this happens, you may not gain as much, and you can undergo a maintenance treatment to keep your body looking the way you want.
This treatment provides you with the same results as invasive fat removal treatments, so if you are unable to take time off for recovery, this may be a better option for you. Patients who smoke, take supplements and NSAIDs, or engage in heavy lifting will find that this treatment is a much better option that requires absolutely no downtime or significant lifestyle changes.
It is also best to undergo treatment only if you have elastic skin. The heat from the laser boosts collagen growth in your body, so you can count on enjoying tight and smooth skin. However, if your skin is not elastic, you may develop loose skin once your body has flushed out all dead fat cells. We will help you determine your skin elasticity during your initial consultation and review whether this treatment is right for you.
How Much Does Treatment Cost?
These treatments are cosmetic, so your insurance company likely doesn’t cover the costs. Your out of pocket total will depend on where you live and how many applicators are used during treatment. Most body parts that benefit from this treatment require the use of one to four applicators per treatment. The typical cost of a non-surgical fat reduction comes to about $1,500. We will discuss how much this treatment will cost you based on your needs during your initial consultation.
Give Non-Invasive Laser Fat Reduction a Try Today
Even if you can consistently follow your fitness goals and stick to a healthy diet, you might be left feeling unsatisfied with the annoying pockets of fat that won’t seem to go away. With the recent development of non-invasive body sculpting, you no longer have to rely on surgery if you want to enjoy the confidence of having a toned body. SculpSure is safe, effective, non-invasive, and convenient for any lifestyle.
No matter your skin type, this treatment works for just about everyone and has a patient satisfaction rating of over 90%. If you are ready to start shedding fat from your trouble areas once and for all, call Anazao MD in Steamboat Springs, CO, to schedule your initial consultation. Our team of experts has helped my clients achieve their weight loss goals using this technology, and we look forward to assisting you in feeling slim again.