Body Contouring

Most people are familiar with body contouring procedures such as liposuction and the use of surgery for procedures like tummy tucks and lower body lifts.

These procedures are often done after major weight loss resulting in sagging skin. Furthermore, these are effective ways to remove excess skin to improve the shape of various areas of the body. Although these are reliable procedures to improve body contour, they come with increased risks due to the invasive nature of the procedure and high costs. Not only is one paying for the procedure, but also anesthesia fees, facility costs, medications, and post-procedure supplies, to name a few.

It is true that the above procedures may be necessary, in many cases, to achieve the desired outcome. However, there are other cases where less invasive body contouring procedures may be effective, such as when diet and exercise does not allow that last bit of excess skin to disappear in areas like the lower abdomen and love handles. These techniques use cooling, ultrasound, radio frequency or light based energy to improve body contour. SculpSure is one of these techniques that makes use of light based technology.

SculpSure is an FDA – cleared laser device that uses light energy that has an affinity for fat cells. The platform uses non-suction applicators that heat the adipose tissue to 42 C to 47 C, with intermittent burst of cooling. Thus, allowing for a tolerable, 25 minute procedure per area treated.

While most people have no problems with pain from this procedure, one has to take his or her own pain tolerance into account. Results are often seen in about 6 weeks, but optimal results usually occur at about 12 weeks. However, like all things, time can vary for each individual.

On average, most people need 2-3 treatments, but it can vary depending on the individual’s baseline. The ideal candidate has a body mass index of less than 30. This technology has proven to be a very effective tool for body contouring, however, unlike liposuction and surgery, results are not immediate. Patience has to be “exercised” while waiting for the outcome.

Renascance Dermatology is offering introductory pricing on SculptSure. If you’d like to consider SculpSure schedule your free consultation today.

Dr. Dwana Shabazz received her undergraduate degree at Xavier University of Louisiana and both her medical degree and masters of public health degree at George Washington University. She remained at George Washington University for her internship in Internal Medicine. She then moved to Los Angeles for her Dermatology Residency at King Drew Medical Center/Harbor-UCLA. Dr. Shabazz has been in private practice in the Northern Virginia area since 2006. She opened her own practice, Renascance Dermatology, in 2013. Dr. Shabazz is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, and a member of the Women’s Dermatologic Society.