The coming of age of the baby boomers has driven a desire to look and stay healthy despite the effects of time. The last decade has seen a proliferation of new devices, fillers, and volumizers to help meet the growing demand for aesthetic improvements in our society.
Several years ago, the concept of minimally invasive lipolysis, in the form of Coolsculpt®, revolutionized the way small deposits of fat were addressed aesthetically. This technology allowed for elimination of smaller, persistent fatty areas by freezing the unwanted fat in selected areas.
The downside of this machine was the lack of selectivity for fat cells alone, because application of cooling energy also affects sensory nerves and melanocytes (skin pigment cells). In addition, the method of energy delivery has been limited by the applicator which depends on compressing the treatment area. However, this treatment has been very well received overall, receiving a 71 percent favorable rating on Realself®, a website that offers advice, ratings, and information on all things aesthetic.
Cynosure®, a laser company based out of Westford, MA, has developed a new form of minimally invasive lipolysis known as SculpSure®, based on a 1064 nm laser diode. SculpSure® utilizes heating energy (42 to 47 degrees C) from the laser to disrupt fat cells selectively, which are then further broken down by the body. The results typically take 6 to 12 weeks to manifest.
SculpSure is approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration as the world’s first non-invasive fat-melting laser device to treat stubborn fat in just 25 minutes without downtime or surgery.
This in-office procedure requires no incisions, no anesthesia and no downtime. Four non-suction applicators are applied to the body part desired, which is followed by a seven-minute warm-up period and the treatment cycle that lasts 18 minutes. Patients can expect a 24 percent reduction in fat in the individual treatment areas, based on initial trials.
Anybody who is 18 years or older and who has excess fat in areas such as the abdomen, flanks and inner thighs might potentially benefit from the procedure, although a consultation is necessary to determine each patient’s suitability for SculpSure. Contraindications would include, but are not limited to, pregnancy, large abdominal hernia and recent sunburn in the treatment area.
The advantages of SculpSure® are several:
1. The laser is highly selective for fat, sparing effects on sensory nerves and melanocytes;
2. The laser treatment time is less than half the time it takes for Coolsculpting (25 minutes);
3. The cost per treatment is about half of traditional Coolsculpting charges;
4. The treatment pad is more versatile in application and can be used in more areas of the body than Coolsculpting;
5. It can be used in all skin pigmentation types.
In a multicenter trial with more than 100 patients, SculpSure® results revealed a 24 percent reduction in fat in treatment areas with a 90 percent satisfaction rate. SculpSure® should not be viewed as a tool for weight loss, or as a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. It is intended for individuals with a body mass index of 30 or less. More information is available at http://www.cynosure.com/product/sculpsure/.
A free seminar on SculpSure and other procedures for rejuvenating the face and body is scheduled for Friday, January 29, at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers Airport at Gulf Coast Town Center, 16410 Corporate Commerce Court. A light lunch will be served. Reservations are required by calling (239) 437-3900.
– Dr. Stephen Prendiville, MD is the only Double Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Fort Myers. He is the first Doctor in Southwest Florida to offer this revolutionary treatment. SculpSure is offered at Assuage Luxury Spa in Naples, located at 1201 Piper Boulevard, Unit 1. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (239) 437-3900 or (239) 333-1450 or visit www.assuagecenters.com.
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