Mama’s always researching new ways to melt that fat and, once again, my diligence paid off!Today I’m going to tell you about the latest non-invasive, pain-free, 25 minute treatment that has just been FDA approved in the U.S.!
This May, the FDA approved CynoSures request for SculpSure to be marketed in the U.S. for the removal of our annoying tummy pooches. I’m referring to that little bit of fat that selfishly camouflages those rock hard abs that you worked so hard on.
Hallelujah! So, here’s the scoop…
What is SculpSure?
SculpSure was developed by the geniuses at CynoSure, who also brought us the Pelleve and PelleFirm for skin tightening, the PicoSure for tattoo removal, and the SmartLipo Triplex for fat and cellulite removal, just to name a few.
SculpSure is a 1064nm hyperthermic laser used for non-invasive lipolysis in the abdominal area. Hyperthermic relates to high temperatures, lipolysis is the breakdown of fat, and non-invasive means that the skin is never punctured, but only applied to the outside.
Here’s how it was stated on the FDA 510(k) application:
” The Cynosure SculpSure is intended for non-invasive lipolysis of the flanks to achieve disruption of adipocyte cells intended for non-invasive aesthetic use to achieve a desired aesthetic affect. Intended for individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or less.”
So, Sculpsure is a hands-free device that, when applied to the skin, heats up the under layers, dissolving the fat.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Sculpsure?
Cynosure says that the ideal candidate has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less so if you’re obese then maybe this is not for you at this time.
You can check your BMI here.
What this unit is ideal for are bulging areas of fat in areas that they don’t belong – ones that are incongruent with the rest of your body. Like this:
But, thinking outside the box, I would also say that it could be useful for breast reduction in men who would otherwise have to opt for a surgical treatment.
I am personally considering this for an uneven area on my side due to an unhappy foray with old school liposuction some 2 decades ago. (When they used to use a tube the size of a garden hose to suck out tunnels of fat – gosh we’ve come a long way!)
How It Goes Down
In the above video Laura Riehm, MD of SkinDeepLaserMD.com, compares the Sculpsure treatment (on the left) to the Cool Sculpting treatment on the right.
The treatment takes 25 minutes per area. Areas are defined as abdomen, if you have a large treatment area, this could be divided into two areas: upper abdomen and lower abdomen. And then the left flank and right flank (our beloved muffin top), upper arms, thighs and knees.
Basically anywhere you have abnormal fat deposits.
It’s a hands-free device that is strapped to the area with a belt, similar to the CoolSculpting procedure except for:
- The device produces heat instead of cold.
- It takes only 25 mins per treatment area.
- There is no suction.
It is said not to be painful, but merely ‘uncomfortable’.
Stephanie at Juva Skin & Laser Center in NYC told me that, although it gets quite hot, the heat lasts for 25 second intervals with 10 seconds in between. So 25 seconds HOT, 10 seconds NOT HOT, like that.
Does SculpSure Work?
Clinical research presented at the 2015 American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Annual Conference, spoke of a study of 100 patients treated in two U.S. multicenter offices. Patients saw significant reduction in the adipose layer of fat – 20 to 25% according to Trisha at Dr. David H. McDaniel’s office, within the first 12 weeks.
The fat dissolves within the first week but the body must metabolize it before you begin to see the results. As we know, not all metabolisms are created equal, so some patients saw a change in as little as 3 weeks but most saw it within twelve.
Cost of SculpSure
Treatments range from $600 to $1500 depending on the areas being treated. And, as long as you maintain the same weight, it won’t come back! Decide to switch to a Big Mac diet? Well, maybe not so much. 🙂