It's Been Six Weeks Since My Sculpsure Treatment
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After having two children and trying to do all the normal things to get rid of fat around my middle -- dieting, exercising, miracle creams, etc. -- I decided that I needed to head in totally different direction. Who wouldn’t want to return to the body they had when they were a teenager and able to wear the skimpiest of bikinis? But was there something that could at least get me part of the way there without painful and costly cosmetic surgery? After all, summer was a few months away and I wanted to be able to at least get into a one piece bathing suit instead of wearing one of those tankinis that moms in their 30’s wear.
I'm probably like a lot of people who've tried to get rid of excess belly fat, but didn't want to go for a full-blown tummy tuck, liposuction, etc. All I wanted was to find a solution that would help get rid of the stubborn fat around my waist (belly and love handles), was non-surgical, had no to limited recovery time, and was FDA approved.
Alright, so maybe I was asking too much. However, I started doing research online and saw several board-certified plastic surgeons that offered body contouring procedures or fat reduction, namely CoolSculpting and another method called the SculpSure treatment. At first, they seemed like they were the same type of non-invasive treatments that I was looking for. I mean they both worked to change the temperature of fat cells in order to permanently destroy them.
I reached out to a few of the plastic surgery offices that offered these body contouring procedures and went in for consultations. I found that they're different procedures in that they use different technology. CoolSculpting works by making fat cells cold. The device that is used applies suction while cooling the area, causing the fat cells to freeze. Once frozen, the cells are no longer viable, so the body naturally clears them away. Once these dead cells are gone, the treated area appears more contoured. I was told the procedure takes about an hour.
On the other hand, SculpSure works by heating fat cells beyond the point of viability. The procedure consists of placing several flat applicators on the treatment area. The fat cells are heated to a point where they are killed. Note that cooling plates are used so that you don’t feel the heat and your skin remains at a fairly comfortable temperature during the treatment. As with CoolSculpting, over time the body naturally removes these dead cells, reducing the fat in the area that was treated. With either treatment there were no needles nor cutting involved and there is no need for general or local anesthesia.
I decided to go with SculpSure procedure. I work a few days a week and the doctor's office wasn't too far away, so I decided to take an extended lunch break and have the procedure done. The office staff couldn't have been nicer or more professional. I was led into a room with some futuristic looking machinery. Turns out it was SculpSure.
Based on the consultation I'd had a week or so earlier, the staff was already aware of the areas I wanted to get treated. In my case, I laid on my back and a few flat applicators were placed on my abdomen. I was totally at ease as the applicators did their job keeping the skin cool while using laser energy to heat the fat cells. As promised, the treatment only lasted 25 minutes. After that I was free to go, and I went back to work.
Afterward, I did have a little soreness in the treated area for a few days, but no bruising. It felt like I had done a few too many stomach crunches. I was told it could take anywhere from six to twelve weeks to see the best results.
The average cost of this procedure will no doubt change by where you live. In my area, the quotes I received for CoolSculpting were in the $2,000 to $3,000+ range; SculpSure was $1,500 give or take a few hundred dollars. I may, depending on how the first SculpSure treatment goes, go back for a second session; I paid $1,750 for my first session.
There are a few other factors to consider. First, SculpSure is not for everyone. I was told that if a patient has a high body mass index (BMI), they are not considered candidates for Sculpsure. In other words, SculpSure is not for weight loss. So, please ask the doctor about this when you go in for your consultation(s). Second, the parts of your body where SculpSure is FDA approved for use, as of April 2018, are the abdomen and flanks, although some doctors may be using it "off-label."
As I write this I am about six weeks post-treatment and starting to see a change. Hoping to see great results in a few more weeks. I'll keep you posted.