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SculpSure Noninvasive Body Contouring Specialist

Susanne Ramos, MD

OB/GYN located in Santa Barbara, CA

When you’ve worked hard to achieve or maintain your ideal body weight, there’s nothing as frustrating as pockets of body fat that resist your efforts to reduce. Dr. Susanne Ramos and her team in Santa Barbara, California use SculpSure® by Cynosure® for noninvasive body contouring of the abdomen, flanks, back, and thighs. Contact the office by phone or online to schedule a consultation to learn if SculpSure treatments can help you.

SculpSure Q & A

What is SculpSure?

Another in a series of laser devices used for cosmetic procedures, SculpSure is the first laser that was granted Food and Drug Administration clearance for the noninvasive removal of fat tissue of the tummy, back, love handles, and thighs. The device has four treatment applicators that can be placed on the body during a treatment. For example, all four can treat your whole abdomen at once or two could be placed on each outer thigh.

The selective absorption of laser energy heats the targeted fat tissue, achieving permanent removal of stored fat deposits that resist diet and exercise, and restoring your body’s contours into proportions that suit your cosmetic goals. SculpSure is not a weight loss method, but is a nonsurgical body-shaping system for those at or near their ideal body weight.

How does the SculpSure laser work?

The lasers of the SculpSure system pass through your skin to selectively target fat tissue. Using light at a wavelength of 1060 nanometers, the SculpSure laser warms the fat tissue above normal body temperature.

The laser heat damages up to 24% of the fat cells in the treatment area. Over time, the lymphatic system slowly breaks down and removes the compromised cells. The fat cells are gradually flushed from your body, reducing the size of the treatment areas.

Results from a treatment typically appear in about six weeks, with optimum results usually achieved around 12 weeks after treatment. The damaged cells are completely removed, so unless you undergo a substantial weight gain causing other fat cells in the area to enlarge, this process is permanent.

What can I expect from a SculpSure treatment?

Though your entire visit to Dr. Ramos is a bit longer, the duration of a SculpSure treatment is 25 minutes, not including preparatory and post-procedure time. The procedure itself creates a sensation usually described as tingling, and most patients tolerate it easily.

The treatment has no downtime or recovery time, so you can immediately return to your normal day, making SculpSure ideal for a lunch break session. The number of treatment sessions needed to reach your aesthetic goals varies between patients. Dr. Ramos devises a treatment plan for you, based on her experience and your expectations.


*Individual results may vary.

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