SculpSure Non-Surgical Fat Reduction
SculpSure is a brand new method used by plastic surgeons as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. It requires no anesthesia, has minimal discomfort, needs virtually no recovery, and takes only 25 minutes. No time off is required. In fact, many patients go directly to the gym after the treatment!
Dr. Scott Newman is a pioneer in this new non-invasive body contouring technology, and his practice is designated a Luminary Center for SculpSure. An amazing advance over previous options, SculpSure technology helps ‘melt away’ fat in only 25 minutes – and it works!
What is SculpSure?
SculpSure is a new Laser technology used to reduce fat and is different than anything else available. Similar to liposuction, SculpSure reduces the number of fat cells in the treated area. Liposuction does this by physically removing the cells and SculpSure does this by destroying the cells. Cells are destroyed using heat from the laser that will selectively affect fat cells and nothing else.
How is the treatment done?
The SculpSure laser has four handpieces that can be used at the same time. These handpieces can be placed next to each other or in different areas. The handpieces are held in place with frames that they ‘snap’ into. Up to four handpieces are used at once during a 25-minute session. If the treatment requires more than four handpieces then additional sessions are needed and can be done one after the other on the same day. During the session the treatment progresses through warm and cool cycles.
Does the treatment hurt?
The treatment does not hurt- but it can be uncomfortable. Every patient we have treated has tolerated the treatment without difficulty. There is the ability to adjust treatment levels to match your comfort level. During the treatment the SculpSure laser turns on and off. While the laser is off there is no heating and during this time the cold plate on the skin is all you will feel. This cycle of heating followed by cooling is what makes this treatment more comfortable than anything else on the market.
Who is a good candidate for SculpSure treatment?
The truth is that the SculpSure laser will reduce fat on anyone, but that doesn’t mean that everyone is a good candidate. Unlike some other lasers, SculpSure is safe to use on all skin-types. The indications for SculpSure are similar to those for Liposuction. In general, the skin over the treatment area should have good tone. For patients who have a lot of abdominal skin laxity with significant stretch marks, liposuction or SculpSure will not give the ideal result. On the other hand I have had some patients who were good candidates for tummy-tuck (abdominoplasty) who were not interested in surgical procedures and were seeking non-surgical alternatives. When these patients were treated with SculpSure they absolutely saw a modest change, and although it didn’t give a perfect solution, these patients are happy with their results!
Should SculpSure only be done by plastic surgeons?
I think it’s important that the SculpSure treatment be designed by a Plastic Surgeon who has significant experience with Liposuction. While the treatment itself is straight-forward, the way the treatment is designed will significantly affect the result. Done properly the SculpSure treatment can both reduce fat and contour areas in ways similar to Liposuction. Just as Liposuction results vary from doctor to doctor, so do SculpSure results. Many of the principles of Liposuction surgery apply to use of the SculpSure laser. As with other technologies designed for medical use, surgical lasers often show up in salons, spas and even tattoo centers! In this practice Dr. Newman sees every SculpSure patient and designs every treatment individually.
How is SculpSure different from CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-laser device also designed to reduce fat without surgery- but that’s where the similarity ends. Before purchasing the SculpSure laser Dr. Newman was considering adding the CoolSculpting device to the practice. As part of his research Dr. Newman himself was treated with the device. As a result, Dr. Newman decided NOT to purchase CoolSculpting. During your initial free consultation Dr. Newman will be happy to discuss his experience! CoolSculpting attempts to damage fat cells with cold rather than with heat. This is done using a vacuum to ‘pinch’ or grab your skin & fat while the device gets very cold. The process is extremely painful and has a modest recovery. Dr. Newman’s biggest issue was that, after the entire experience, he saw no result. SculpSure, on the other hand was not painful as CoolSculpting was. It is a selective laser so the skin is not affected and is not pinched or pulled during the treatment. Dr. Newman experienced no recovery after his SculpSure treatment and a significant result was seen. As a result, Dr. Newman was one of the first Plastic Surgeons in the tristate area to purchase the new SculpSure laser.
How much do SculpSure treatments cost?
Cost is dependent on the total number of handpieces used for the treatment. For example, a typical treatment of the lower abdomen requires 2-4 handpieces. The cost for the treatment is between $250-$350 per handpiece depending on how many are used. Up to four handpieces are used in a single 25- minute session. We have treated people with anywhere from two handpieces to as many as 40 handpieces over many areas.
How many treatments will I need? How long before I see results?
SculpSure was designed as a one-time treatment. Although it takes about 12 weeks to see full results, some people see results starting in only 1-2 weeks. Some patients who see a significant changes want even more reduction- so additional treatments can be done. This is possible at least 3 months after the first treatment.
What about recovery after SculpSure laser treatment?
Perhaps the most amazing thing about SculpSure is that there is basically no recovery! After the treatment there is only slight soreness, no bruising and only minimal swelling. No garment is required and a normal routine can be continued immediately. Over the next few weeks it’s possible to feel a little ‘lumpiness’ in the treated areas. This is normal and usually is completely resolved by 6-12 weeks.
About Dr. Newman:
Dr. Newman is a Plastic Surgeon with over 23 years of experience. He has been on the Best Doctors in New York list for 17 consecutive years and he is Chief of Plastic Surgery at St. John’s Riverside and Dobb’s Ferry Hospitals. Dr. Newman’s surgical practice includes Breast, Body & Facial surgery and he has a national reputation for surgery of the Breast. Dr. Newman has one of the largest non-surgical laser and technology centers in the tri-state area and his practice includes a full Medical Skincare Spa. He is the innovator of some of the technology used by other surgeons worldwide.