Have you noticed that no matter how many times you work out or try to diet properly, it seems nearly impossible to shed those last few pounds? Are you having trouble keeping the pounds off, nearly hitting your target weight, only to see it quickly return? If so, then you may be struggling with “stubborn fat.” This is a common challenge for millions of adults who fall just shy of their fitness goals, even when they have good habits. Fortunately, there is a solution in a cutting-edge treatment called SculpSure, and you can find it today from R Shaheen Vascular in Mountain View, CA.
What Is Stubborn Fat?
Stubborn fat is not exactly a medical term. Rather, it is a commonly used term in health and fitness circles. It is used to describe any fat deposits that are difficult to get rid of, usually having collected in certain areas on the body and not on others. There are many reasons we might wind up with these deposits. Genetics, habits, and our environment all play a part.
Difficult to Get Rid of
While it’s true that most body fat can be eliminated through diet and exercise, it can often be a challenge to do this with the last few pounds. This is because we are genetically predisposed to keep at least a little “survival” fat on our bodies as an emergency energy source. It is a natural insurance policy against starvation, and often the body seems to fight hard to keep at least a few of its fat stores even when we’d prefer that this wasn’t the case.
Stays in Specific Places
Unfortunately, we don’t necessarily get to pick the places where the body stores this “emergency” fat. Very often, it can wind up accumulating near the belly or thighs, but everyone is a little different. This tendency can be especially frustrating for anyone who is pursuing a fit and sculpted look, because if a patient has achieved a low overall body fat, the pouches of “stubborn fat” can seem especially noticeable by contrast. For anyone who is trying for tight skin and a slim figure, this natural process poses quite the challenge.
Doesn’t Just Go Away on Its Own
You may have also heard this before: fat cells don’t actually go away when we work out. It’s true that when we diet or exercise, the body burns the fat that we have stored, but it doesn’t actually get rid of the cells themselves. The result is a lot of empty fat cells and a few full ones. While empty fat cells take up less space and are less visible, they can quickly become full again, leading to a constant see-saw effect with the last few pounds of weight a person wants to shed.
In order to get rid of these fat cells, we need a method that can target specific areas, and that not only uses up the fat but breaks down the cells completely.
What Is SculpSure?
This laser treatment method was developed to target fat in a specific area and to get rid of those fat cells permanently. It uses a laser to target areas of subcutaneous fat cells without damaging or harming the surrounding skin. After heating the fat cells, they are destroyed and then removed by the body’s natural healing processes.
A Revolutionary Laser Treatment
During the treatment session, a laser device much like a seatbelt or belt is attached to the target area. The patient is relaxed and lying down, and the treatment gets to work immediately by gradually heating the fat cells.
An Alternative to Liposuction
For many years, liposuction has been the default procedure for patients who wish to remove fat in a specific area. This laser treatment can provide high-quality results for patients who may be wary of surgical procedures or who may be medically unable to undergo liposuction treatment. The laser option is non-invasive and considerably less complicated.
A Long-Term Solution
Dieting and exercise may decrease the volume of the fat cells in the body, but this laser treatment actually decreases the number of cells. By triggering a process called lipolysis, the fat cells are broken down and removed for good. This approach leads to more successful long-term fat loss. Between one and three sessions are usually needed for ideal results, and the process typically takes about six to twelve weeks.
What Are the Benefits of SculpSure?
There are many “body sculpting” or “contouring” treatments available on the market these days. As a result, many patients want to know what sets this particular treatment apart. Although each patient has their own specific sets of needs and requirements for treatment, there are a few characteristics that make this approach unique.
A More Comfortable Treatment
Many fat removal treatments can be incredibly taxing on a patient. Liposuction is a particular example, however, there are others that use fat freezing or other forms of heating to accomplish their methods, and patients occasionally report that these can be uncomfortable. With this particular laser treatment, most patients report no pain but just a slight warmth or tingling sensation. This makes it one of the most easy-going and relaxing treatment options available.
Quick Treatment Sessions
In addition to being easier to sit through, this treatment is also quick. Many sessions can be accomplished in just 25 minutes, and this is enough to trigger the fat destruction process. Although the results from the treatment will take several weeks to reach their “peak state”, the actual investment of time is minimal and incredibly convenient for anyone who leads a busy life.
No Downtime or Recovery Time Required
One of the highlights of this treatment is its convenience, both in the office when you get the treatment and afterward. Unlike liposuction and many other forms of fat removal, there is no recovery time needed for this approach. You can go back to work or carry on with your day without having to worry about healing an incision or recovering from swelling.
A Non-Invasive Procedure
Surgical treatments are not an option for everyone. This laser treatment is totally non-invasive. As a result, there is no incision or injection as part of the process. This not only means that the skin is left unharmed, but it also avoids higher risks of scarring that might be left over from another treatment. These can sometimes require a follow-up treatment afterward.
No Anesthesia Required
Although anesthesia is a necessary part of many surgical or injection-based operations, it can cause problems for many patients. Some patients have allergies to anesthesia and others simply don’t feel comfortable with getting it. With this particular treatment, there is no need for pain-killing anesthetics or injections. This not only keeps you from needing the anesthetic, but it also keeps the treatment session shorter, since you won’t have to wait for a pain-killer to “kick in.”
Minimal Number of Treatments Required
Typically, a patient seeking this treatment will need anywhere from one to three sessions on a target treatment area. Although it is possible to get more, this is usually the ideal amount for the process to be effective. Even if you wind up getting three, 25-minute treatment sessions, you will still wind up spending only about an hour and a half on treatment total: an incredibly efficient expenditure of time. For some people, one or two sessions will be all they need.
The number of sessions will depend on your unique situation and the areas of the body that you are having treated. When you begin your SculpSure process at R Shaheen Vascular, we will conduct an initial consultation. During this time, we will design a treatment plan and determine the number of sessions you are likely to need.
Permanent Fat Cell Elimination
One of the most important benefits of the treatment is that it results in the complete removal of the destroyed fat cells. After the treatment session, it will take your body several weeks to break down, absorb, and flush the fat cells from your body. Although individual results may vary, it is not uncommon to see a reduction rate of roughly one-fourth (25%) of the fat cells in a treated area. With multiple treatment sessions, these numbers can be even higher, and as much as 40%, although it is important to note that many factors play a part in determining how much a patient can get rid of.
Other Common FAQs
Is This Treatment Approved by the FDA?
The FDA originally cleared this treatment in 2015 for use on certain areas, like the abdomen. In the time since then, more treatment areas have been approved, and currently, the method is FDA-approved for treating unwanted fat on the belly, sides, back, thighs, and even for treating a double chin. The treatment continues to be ranked high in patient satisfaction and boasts a high success rate. Currently, the treatment has a roughly 90% satisfaction rate from treated patients.
How Much Does This Treatment Cost?
There are many factors that can affect the cost of this particular treatment option, including the number of sessions required and the location of the treatment area. Because of this, it is necessary to make a cost estimate after our initial consultation and put together your individualized pricing plan. However, it is important to note that when compared to other similar treatments on the market, this is typically more cost-effective, and patients frequently spend less on this than they would on another option.
Who Is a Candidate for This Treatment?
This method is designed primarily for people who are at or near their ideal body weight. It is not an ideal treatment for patients who are medically obese or who are looking to shed a large amount of fat from many areas of their body. For these particular cases, other treatment options will be more effective. The targeted laser treatment specifically helps people who are attempting to “sculpt” specific locations and remove pockets of fat that have accumulated in one particular area. The treatment works for nearly any skin type, however, women who are currently pregnant should not get this treatment.
What Should I Do to Get Started?
The first step is to contact our treatment center. When you get in touch with us, we can schedule your personal aesthetic consultation and make sure that this treatment is right for you. You will meet with a member of our staff in a comfortable, no-pressure environment. The consultation is an opportunity for us to get to know you and your goals for treatment and also to review your medications, medical history, and any specific conditions that may impact the treatment. After making sure that this treatment is a positive option, we can put together a treatment schedule and a pricing plan.
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Are you finally ready to get rid of your stubborn fat once and for all? We are here to help! Contact us at R Shaheen Vascular in Mountain View, CA and see the difference SculpSure can make for you!