For many people, losing pockets of stubborn fat on the body can be a challenge due to stress, hormones, and genetics. Women, in particular, are more likely to store excess fat on the body, which means losing weight can be twice as difficult. Fortunately, you can slim down your body shape when you use a treatment such as Sculpsure at Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare in Harrisonburg, VA.
What Is SculpSure?
Sculpsure is a non-invasive energy-based treatment that literally melts fat cells in the body without disrupting the surface layer of the skin. Through a special process, this treatment gently heats unwanted fat cells, which destroys the fat cells and allows your body to eliminate the cells through lymphatic drainage after several days or weeks. This treatment is generally ideal for people who want to target small areas of fat in the body.
What To Expect For Your Treatment
Your treatment will usually take about an hour to complete. The key to this treatment is a special laser belt device that will be strapped to your desired treatment area. The laser belt will melt away targeted areas of fat and can eliminate up to 24% of unwanted fat cells in a single treatment. Your treatment will be very comfortable, and most people can go back to normal daily activities immediately after the appointment is finished.
Where Can You Use This Treatment?
In general, the best places to use this fat-melting body contouring treatment are on the thighs, abdomen, and hips. However, some people may be able to use this treatment to reduce fat in the submental area or other areas of the body. If you’re interested in using this fat-melting technique in other treatment areas, please discuss all of your aesthetic goals with your aesthetic expert during your consultation.
What Are Preparation and Aftercare Instructions?
Unlike many other body sculpting procedures, you will not need to follow extensive preparation guidelines before your treatment. Usually, the most you will have to do is temporarily stop using blood thinning medications or supplements, which can include aspirin and ibuprofen, for at least a few days before your treatment.
After your treatment, you can go to work, run errands, or engage in regular exercise. You will not need to follow any specific aftercare instructions to avoid activity, sweating, or other instructions that are common for laser treatments., such as avoiding direct contact with the sun.
How Long Until You See Fat Reduction Results?
After your first treatment, it may take up to six weeks to see optimal results. Although up to 24% of unwanted fat cells can be melted away during a single treatment, it takes much longer for the body to naturally eliminate these destroyed cells through lymphatic drainage. If you are having multiple treatments, it will take several more weeks for you to see optimal results.
Are Results Permanent?
The results of a fat-melting treatment such as this one can be permanent. Essentially, this is because once fat cells are destroyed, they cannot regenerate or come back. This means that you can enjoy long-lasting results as long as you can avoid gaining excessive weight.
How Can You Maintain Results?
Although your results are permanent, the one thing that can undermine the longevity of your results is excessive weight gain. This is because any fat cells that remain in your body will be able to accommodate more fat storage, so avoiding weight gain is the best way to maintain your results. Some methods that can help you more easily manage your weight include:
A healthy diet is crucial not only for your general health but also for weight management. Ideally, you should reduce your intake of sugar and unhealthy fats, as both of these elements in your diet can make it much easier to store fat and gain weight.
A good diet for weight management is full of low-carb whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and protein. Drinking enough water is also an important element of balancing your diet, along with avoiding excessive consumption of alcohol, which can make it easier to gain weight.
Getting enough regular exercise is the best way to maintain a healthy metabolic rate and manage your overall weight. Exercising for at least an hour three times a week is usually enough to maintain your ideal body weight.
Your exercises should engage your cardiovascular system, but your exercise routine does not need to be high-intensity to maintain your weight. Medium-intensity exercises such as swimming, walking, and resistance training are all good methods to maintain body weight.
Finally, you may want to discuss revising some of your medications with your doctor, especially if your medications have side effects that cause weight gain. For example, some forms of birth control can make it easier for women to gain unwanted weight, so switching to a different birth control medication may be a good option.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
For people with mild to moderate unwanted fat, it’s possible to achieve optimal results in as little as one to three treatments. That said, the number of treatments you need may also be influenced by the areas you want to treat, with larger areas generally requiring additional appointments. If you want to treat all areas of unwanted fat on the body, you may need three or more appointments.
Will This Treatment Tighten Loose Skin?
Although this treatment uses laser technology, the design of the body contouring system will not affect the skin. In general, your skin will naturally contract as you lose weight and unwanted fat, so it may not be necessary to use an additional skin-tightening treatment to address loose skin. If you are concerned about the appearance of loose skin after weight loss, then you will need to discuss treatment options with your aesthetic expert.
How Much Weight Can You Lose With This Treatment?
This body contouring treatment is not designed to help with weight loss. That said, reducing unwanted fat may have a moderate effect on your body weight. Some people can lose a couple of pounds after using this treatment.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
This treatment is ideal for patients with a BMI of 30 or lower who want to reduce stubborn pockets of fat on the body. If you are clinically overweight, you will need to lose some weight before you can use this treatment to improve your body shape through fat reduction. Ideal candidates are also not pregnant and have healthy skin.
Sculpsure or Coolsculpting: Which Is Better?
There are many body contouring treatments that can be used to improve the shape of your body. One of the most popular treatments is Coolsculpting, a fat-freezing technique that can also be used on virtually all areas of the body to get rid of unwanted fat. Coolsculpting and Sculpsure are very similar, with the main difference being that one treatment uses heat and one does not.
As for which treatment is better for you, this will ultimately depend on your treatment goals and the areas you want to treat. You will likely need to discuss your options when you have a consultation so you and your doctor can determine which treatment is ideal for your aesthetic goals.
Benefits of Sculpsure
This treatment has many benefits, such as the fact that the laser energy used for body contouring will not disrupt the surface layer of your skin. This is a great benefit for patients who have certain skin tones or who have a history of hyperpigmentation after using other laser treatments.
Another benefit of this treatment is the fact that it is non-surgical and non-invasive, which means it’s safer, more comfortable, and compatible with more patients than treatments like liposuction. The fact that there is no significant downtime after this treatment is also important since you will be able to go back to your daily routine without any delays.
Slim Down With Sculpsure Treatments Today
If you want to improve the shape of your body, but exercise and dieting haven’t done the trick, it may be time to consider body-contouring treatments. A fat-melting treatment such as this one can help you get rid of unwanted fat in most major areas of the body, especially the abdomen and flanks. If you think this treatment is ideal for your goals, reach out to Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare in Harrisonburg, VA to schedule your initial appointment today.