Fat Removal: SculpSure vs. Liposuction

March 19th, 2019 | Categories: SculpSure

Goldenberg Dermatology in New York, NY offers patients state-of-the-art, highly effective fat removal and body sculpting treatments. One of our favorite fat loss technologies is non-invasive SculpSure laser “fat melting”. This innovative fat loss technology permanently “melts” unwanted fat from the abdomen, love handles, back, thighs, and even the chin.

Another fat loss procedure called CoolSculpting also kills fat cells – but by freezing rather than by laser heat. In this article we discuss the difference between laser SculpSure fat melting and CoolSculpting fat freezing.

CoolSculpting vs. SculpSure Fat Removal Procedure

During the CoolSculpting procedure a device freezes targeted fat cells through a process known as “cryolipolysis”. In order to accomplish this CoolSculpting pulls, pinches and sucks the treated area of fat between two plates that apply extreme cold to kill the unwanted fat cells.

SculpSure, on the other hand, delivers comfortable laser heat below the skin to heat up fat cells, with no tugging, pulling or sucking of the skin. SculpSure simply lays the device on top of the body – which is infinitely more comfortable.

Also, because SculpSure does not use a suction applicator – and simply lies on top of the skin – it allows for a smooth and natural blending of treated and untreated areas. Additionally, because there is no suction used, there is no chance of nerve or vein damage with SculpSure either.

CoolSculpting vs. SculpSure Fat Removal Time Frame

The SculpSure treatment only takes about 25 minutes – and can treat up to 4 areas at one time. CoolSculpting takes much longer, because it can treat only 1 area at a time, and it takes 50 minutes to do so. As a result, SculpSure also has the ability to achieve optimal results in just a single treatment, while CoolSculpting typically requires multiple sessions to achieve the same results.

CoolSculpting vs. SculpSure Fat Removal Side Effects

Research shows that common side effects of CoolSculpting include pain, stinging, or aching at the treatment site – that can last from a few days to a few week. This is the result of the intense cold temperatures to which the skin is exposed to. Temporary redness, swelling, bruising and skin sensitivity can all result from the cold temperatures, as well.

A very rare but serious side effect of CoolSculpting called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia also occurs in a very small percentage of mostly male patients – in which the fat cells in the treatment site grow larger rather than smaller!

SculpSure laser fat removal, however, does not carry any risk of swelling, bruising, skin sensitivity or adipose hyperplasia. This is because heat rather than freezing is used.

Sculpture Fat Removal – New York, NY

Patients typically prefer SculpSure fat loss over CoolSculpting because it is more comfortable, with fewer side effects and treats a larger area in less time.

Call our New York, NY medical office today, and schedule an appointment to see what SculpSure fat loss can do for you!

Goldenberg Dermatology in New York, NY offers the latest, most effective treatments in non-invasive fat removal and body sculpting for women and men. One of our favorite treatments is “SculpSure” – an innovative fat removal technology that uses laser energy to permanently “melt” unwanted fat from the abdomen, love handles, back, thighs, and even the chin!

While Liposuction is a well-known surgical fat removal method – many people are less familiar with the non-invasive alternative of SculpSure. In this article we discuss the difference between traditional surgical Liposuction and laser SculpSure.

Liposuction Fat Removal

Liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure that requires anesthetic. Small incisions are made in the body and a narrow tube called a cannula is inserted. The cannula is manipulated under the skin to manually loosen the fat cells before suctioning them from the body.

Most liposuction sessions are between one hour and 3 hours – depending upon the size of the area to be treated, the number of areas to be treated, and the amount of fat to be removed.

Mild pain or discomfort following the typically lasts a few days, and can generally be managed with over the counter medications such as ibuprofen.

After liposuction there are a few days of downtime, with no driving for 24 hours and typically no work for 2 or 3 days. Exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for a week or so after liposuction.

Quite a bit of swelling accompanies liposuction – which takes several weeks to subside. Liposuction patients are typically required to wear a compression garment full time for around 10 days after the procedure – and then part time for an additional 10 days. This is important to help reduce the swelling.

Once the swelling has subsided the fat loss will be fully visible. Liposuction fat removal is permanent and the fat cells will never return to the treated areas.

SculpSure Laser Fat Removal

Like Liposuction, Sculpture fat removal is also permanent. However, SculpSure is non-surgical, so there are no incisions, and no anesthesia is needed. Instead, SculpSure uses laser energy to heat the fat cells underneath the skin, without affecting the outer layers of skin.

The heat “kills” the fat cells and they are flushed out of the body over time through the body’s natural elimination process. For this reason SculpSure is sometimes called “Laser Lipo” !

SculpSure laser fat removal treatments only take about 25 minutes, and there is virtually no downtime – and no pain, soreness or swelling during or after the procedure. Patients can drive themselves home and resume their normal daily activities immediately.

Because the destroyed fat cells must be eliminated over time, it takes about 6 weeks to see a more toned and contoured body. Final fat loss results become visible around 12 weeks post treatment, once the body has completely eliminated the dead fat cells.

SculpSure Fat Removal – New York, NY

Many of our patients prefer SculpSure fat loss over liposuction because it is non-surgical, painless, and there is no downtime.

Call our New York, NY medical office today, and schedule an appointment to see what SculpSure fat removal can do for you!

New York SculpSure Fat Removal Consultation: 212-405-8202

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