Advice Centre Safety Is SculpSure safer than other body contouring treatments?

Is SculpSure safer than other body contouring treatments?


SculpSure is FDA-approved

SculpSure was FDA-approved in 2015. “FDA-approved” means the FDA—the US Food and Drug Administration—recognises that SculpSure offers more benefits in terms of fat loss than it does potential risks for the patient.

How did SculpSure get approval?

Cynosure, the manufacturers of SculpSure, worked with the FDA through clinical trials to make sure the treatment meets rigorous scientific standards and is very safe.

The FDA is independent and uses its own scientists, chemists and medical professionals to assess the efficacy and safety of all treatments it approves.

Read more about FDA approval here.

SculpSure has fewer complications than other treatments

With SculpSure, there is less risk of complications when compared to alternative options such as CoolSculpting, or treatments that involve surgery.

It is non-invasive, meaning there are no incisions, no heavy-handed suction and no risk of infection. Because the surface of your skin isn’t affected in any way, there’s no risk of skin damage.

SculpSure has few side effects and no recorded long-term side effects

Compared to other fat reduction treatments, SculpSure has far fewer side effects and no recorded long-term side effects at all.

You may experience some mild discomfort, similar to that you’d feel after doing a lot of sit-ups or muscle exercise on the treated area.

Click here to see side effects of other body contouring treatments.

The technology SculpSure employs has been used in medicine for over 50 years

SculpSure uses lasers to precisely target specific areas of body fat. Lasers have been used in the medical world since the early 1960s, and first applied in cardiovascular surgery.

In contemporary medicine, lasers are employed frequently and considered reliable and safe medical technology. They are used regularly in:

  • angioplasty
  • diagnosing and treating cancer
  • treating melanoma
  • microscopy
  • frenectomy
  • treating kidney stones or gallstones
  • ophthalmology and eye problems
  • general surgery

When not to have SculpSure

Medical conditions

You shouldn’t undergo the SculpSure procedure if you have:

  • a history of skin cancer
  • an immune-suppressed state, like HIV
  • nerve problems, like neuropathy
  • an abdominal hernia
  • moles or cysts (your practitioner should be able to speak to you about removing them)

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding

You shouldn’t have SculpSure if you’re pregnant or currently breastfeeding.

If you’re planning to get pregnant in the future, it’s fine to have SculpSure now. The lasers only target upper layers of fat and won’t penetrate your reproductive system.

Scars and tattoos

Some practitioners try to avoid treating over scars as it can sometimes cause discomfort. However, the applicator can be adjusted to work around scars if necessary.

SculpSure is safe to have over a tattoo—it won’t have any effect at all.

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