What to expect during SculpSure treatment

Posted on 24 April, 2017

Written by Anna Avaliani MD

*SculpSure treatment is comfortable and tolerable

*It takes 25 minutes for 4 paddles

*There is absolutely no downtime

* Multiple areas can be treated in a single visit

The discomfort during procedure varies from person to person and also varies from one area to another. Having performed over 700 treatments to date, I can surely comment and prepare each patient for what to expect.

The first 4 minutes of the treatment, the body is warming up to achieve internal temperature of between 42-46 degrees of Celcius. This tends to be a little uncomfortable at first.  Once the appropriate temperature is reached, the remaining 21 minutes are very comfortable and tolerable. There is cooling provided every 30 seconds and there is an extra button called “ Cool Blast” to give even extra cooling when needed.

Settings vary by person and by the area treated. Not everyone needs a 1.4 to see results

What is an area?

SculpSure is FDA cleared for the treatment of stomach and love handles and when treated together, these areas contribute to amazing body contouring and body definition which many people before needed only surgery to achieve.

Areas where SculpSure treatment can be performed:

  • Upper abdomen
  • Lower abdomen
  • Love handles
  • Bra roll (under bra fat)
  • Upper back fat
  • Back hump
  • Arms
  • Inner thighs
  • Outer thighs
  • Back of thighs
  • Front of thighs
  • Under butt (banana roll)
  • Inner knees
  • Above knees
  • Below Knees
  • Back of calf muscles
  • Male chest
  • Under Chin-coming late 2017!!!!****

What exactly is a paddle/frame or an applicator for Sculpsure?

Please see the picture above. It shows a picture of 4 frames/applicators/paddles applied to love handle/bra roll area on a patient.  One of those rectangles is considered one frame/applicator paddle. The picture shows 4 of them used to cover an area of concern. That side will take 25 minutes to complete. Hence, full treatment will take 50 minutes in total, as 25 minutes are needed per side.

Each paddle arrangement varies from person to person and also varies from provider to provider. The paddles can be arranged in a wide variety of ways to customize each area of concern as simply shown in the picture here

How large is one SculpSure applicator?

It’s the size of a regular business card, so 2×3. It also has a treatment radius of additional 1 in to help the heat spread in order to create an even surface and minimize transitions between treated and untreated areas. 

How exactly does SculpSure treatment feel?

The felling/sensation varies from each person and each area. In general, the most comfortable and tolerable areas are stomach, love handles and outer thighs.

The other areas are more sensitive. Even when having your stomach treated, most patients find that lower stomach is more sensitive than upper stomach.

On the stomach, most patient report feeling cramping like sensation. During the treatment on love handles, patients report feeling pin prick/ stinging sensation over the area that is being treated. It’s very comfortable and tolerable 

How does SculpSure feel on the stomach area?

SculpSure treatment for stomach varies from person to person and varies due to the surface area that needs to be covered as well as the amount of fat that is present there. Some patients need 2 applicators for lower abdomen and 2 for upper, some need 3 applicators for lower and 1 for upper, while some need 3 applicators for upper and 3 for lower abdomen. There are also patients which need 4 applicators for top and 4 for bottom areas. It’s different from body type to body type. Skinnier patients tend to feel very very comfortable while the patients with little more fat feel the burning/heat sensation.

*One can only use 4 applicators in 25 minutes! 

How does SculpSure treatment feel on love handles area?

Generally, patients report stinging sensation when treating their love handles. Treatment is very comfortable and tolerable as every 30 seconds you get cooling sensation from the laser system. Once treatment is over, you feel like nothing happened and may go to the gym.

The key points to take away:


Please do not hesitate to call the office at 212-673-8888 to schedule your consultation with SculpSure Expert and top NYC Provider, Dr.Avaliani.

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