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SculpSure Vs. CoolSculpt?

Posted: 7:58 p.m. Saturday, December 26, 2015

By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I recently read about a fat removal laser called SculpSure that is FDA approved for fat removal on the body. How is SculpSure different from CoolSculpt?

Answer: So many of my facial rejuvenation patients ask me to remove a little fat over their stomachs, hips or thighs. Even when they eat right and exercise, they just can’t seem to trim down these stubborn areas.

As a face specialist, I’ve traditionally suggested that my patients go to a body surgeon for body liposuction but liposuction surgery has risks that many patients don’t want. Additionally, liposuction does not tighten loose skin and can actually make the skin appear looser.

I am excited to finally be able to offer my patients a practical solution for the treatment of stubborn body fat. SculpSure is an FDA approved Diode laser for non-invasive body contouring with over 90 percent patient satisfaction. SculpSure not only removes fat (up to 2-3 inches per treatment) but also simultaneously tightens loose skin. Unlike CoolSculpt which freezes your fat using a suction device, SculpSure was developed with a 1060 diode which selectively heats fat.

Many people confuse SculpSure with CoolSculpt but the two are completely different. CoolSculpt freezes fat with each laser only doing one treatment area at a time; it can take up to 1.5 hours per treatment area with CoolSculpt. A full abdomen of
four treatment areas can take one CoolSculpt machine six hours to complete. CoolSculpt can also give bruising and swelling and does NOT tighten loose skin. Since CoolSculpt freezes fat by pulling the tissues into a suction device, “shelfing” with uneven fat removal can occur.

SculpSure is a diode laser developed for selectively heating and destroying fat. The diode wavelength is specific for fat removal and does not heat the surrounding muscles, nerves or organs in the body. However, since the heat from SculpSure transmits through the skin, skin tightening from heat-induced collagen stimulation is also seen. A full abdomen consisting of four treatments areas can be done with a single SculpSure machine in just 25 minutes. That’s just 25 minutes compared to the six hours it would take one CoolSculpt machine to do the same. SculpSure also has no downtime, allowing most people to have a treatment over a lunch break and return to work immediately thereafter. The fat reduction with SculpSure is permanent, meaning the removed fat does not grow back.

If you have isolated areas of stubborn fat on your stomach, hips, back, arms or thighs; if you desire permanent reduction with simultaneous skin tightening; if you want no downtime where you can return to work right after treatment; then you may be a candidate for SculpSure.


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