Our bodies continue to change as we age, and one of the biggest changes is the slowing of our metabolism. Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the number of calories you burn each day, and this number decreases as we get older. From age 20 up until about age 40 (in men) or 50 (in women), your BMR decreases by roughly one to two percent each decade. This means that in order to maintain your weight, you have to decrease your caloric intake by at least that much. By the time you reach your 40s or 50s, this decline in your BMR begins to accelerate, causing more weight gain.
You may have noticed that you are having a more difficult time losing weight, and a slowing BMR is a big reason why. Even though you spend time exercising and watching what you eat, there are still some spots on your body that just refuse to let go of stubborn fat.
Previously, the only solution to getting rid of pockets of excess fat was surgical liposuction. However, cosmetic surgery is constantly advancing, and with that comes new options for nonsurgical fat removal. At the Cosmetic Healthcare Group, we offer SculpSure – the newest lipolysis treatment for eliminating excess fat.
SculpSure is the latest innovation in nonsurgical fat reduction. FDA approved in 2015, SculpSure is a state-of-the-art, targeted laser light-based technology that can reduce stubborn fat by up to 24% after just one treatment. Because SculpSure is a focused technology, that means that it specifically targets adipose tissue in the areas in which you want to achieve fat reduction, without damaging any surrounding tissue. The treatment heats the fat cells to a temperature between 107.6 and 116.6°F., and essentially destroys the membrane of the cell in a process known as a hyperthermic reaction. Over the course of the next few months, those fat cells will be metabolized and excreted by your body.
Ideal candidates for SculpSure are people who have a body mass index (BMI) of less than 30, who are looking for spot reduction of excess fat in their abdomen or flanks. Even though it is a fat reduction procedure, SculpSure should not be used as a tool for weight loss. When you come in for your consultation with us, we will discuss your options and help you decide if SculpSure is the right treatment for you.
Once you schedule your appointment and come in for the procedure, you will recline comfortably on a treatment table, where the technician will mark the areas on your body to be targeted with SculpSure. The SculpSure “belt” will be wrapped around that target area, and the laser applicators are attached to the belt. As the process begins, you will initially feel a cooling sensation, which is a result of the Contact CoolingTM technology that protects the skin from heat during the treatment. The temperature at which the laser destroys the cells (between 107.6 and 116.6°F) is hot enough to disrupt the cell membrane, but not hot enough to cause damage to any other tissues in the treatment area, and the cooling technology further ensures that the skin surface remains protected. The laser cycles on and off, and you will feel that cooling sensation throughout the treatment.
SculpSure is relatively painless, with most patients reporting that they felt a warm and tingling or pinching sensation during the treatment, but it was very tolerable. No topical numbing creams are used, and if you feel any sort of discomfort, it can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain reducers. Side effects are extremely minimal, and are usually limited to minor soreness, stiffness and bruising in the treatment area. We may recommend that you gently massage the area to ease any discomfort.
During the 12 weeks post-procedure, your body’s lymphatic system will naturally flush out the disrupted fat cells. You may see noticeable results in as quickly as six weeks, though optimal results are usually seen at about 12 weeks. We suggest that most people will require an additional session 6-12 weeks after the first treatment for optimal results. Because the SculpSure laser destroys the fat cells, they won’t come back, making your results permanent. However, if you gain weight, remaining fat cells will get larger, so maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise is key.
If you are struggling to get rid of pockets of unwanted fat, and haven’t found a solution that truly works, SculpSure might be the option for you. If a noninvasive, nonsurgical, permanent fat reduction treatment with minimal side effects and no downtime sounds intriguing, SculpSure is for you. If you have 25 minutes to spare, you can experience a 24% loss of fat in just one treatment! Call Madnani Facial Plastics 212-203-8591 in Manhattan and 516-226-1080 in Long Island to schedule an appointment.
*Individual results may vary.