sculpsure-posterAlways on the leading edge of advances in body contouring treatments, Maryland plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Michaels is now offering SculpSure, a non-invasive fat reduction procedure. SculpSure is FDA-approved to reduce pockets of unwanted body fat from the abdomen and  flanks, but it is also effective at removing stubborn fat deposits in the arms, thighs, knees, ankles, bra line and the male chest. Here, Dr. Michaels shares what you need to know about SculpSure treatment.

What SculpSure Can Accomplish

SculpSure uses laser energy to target and destroy fat cells. The heat from the laser kills the cells and the fat is filtered through the body’s natural metabolic processes. Since the laser doesn’t directly target skin cells, there is no injury to the skin layers. Rather, the heat generated from the device leads to some mild skin contraction and tightening. There is no downtime needed after treatment and you go back to your normal routine once you leave the office. After only a single appointment, the targeted area looks slimmer, smoother and more sculpted. Results typically take six to 12 weeks to appear. Each treatment will result in up to a 24 percent reduction in fat per treatment. For this reason, we strongly suggest two treatments per area to optimize results.

Compared to other non-surgical fat reduction treatments, such as CoolSculpting, SculpSure treatments take half the time and you can treat multiple areas simultaneously. It can also treat smaller fat deposits that can be problematic to treat with the CoolSculpting system. Adverse effects are also extremely rare (virtually unheard of).

In addition to understanding the benefits of SculpSure treatment, it is also important to set reasonable expectations of a non-invasive procedure. SculpSure is not equivalent to surgery. You will certainly see a transformation, but it will not be as dramatic as liposuction or another excisional surgical body contouring procedure. During your consultation, we want to set realistic expectations to ensure you will be happy following your procedure. Since we offer a full spectrum of body contouring procedures, we will arm you with all the information necessary for you to make the best decision for your specific needs.


You may be a suitable candidate for SculpSure if you:

  • are in good general health
  • are relatively close to your goal weight
  • eat well and exercise (but cheat here and there)
  • have unwanted fat in the abdomen, flanks, hips, arms ,thighs, knees, ankles, bra line or chest (male)
  • have good skin quality (for the best results)

SculpSure FAQs

How long does SculpSure treatment take?

A SculpSure treatment takes about 25 minutes per area. You can treat multiple areas during your session.

Does SculpSure treatment hurt?

No, SculpSure treatment is not painful.

What are the risks of SculpSure treatment?

The risks and side effects of SculpSure treatment are minimal. Some patients may experience slight swelling and tenderness in the treated area, but this is only temporary. Patients may also experience some minimal nodularity in the treated area that resolves with time. Twice-daily massage of the treated areas minimizes this risk.

Does SculpSure require anesthesia?

No, anesthesia is not necessary for SculpSure treatment.

How much does SculpSure treatment cost?

Pricing depends on the number of treatment areas and other factors. Dr. Michaels can provide a cost estimate during your thorough consultation.

To schedule your consultation, please contact Michaels Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery by email or by calling 301-468-5991 (North Bethesda office) or 703-957-8610 (Fairfax office) today.

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