SculpSure: What Is It and How Much Does It Cost?

For many people, living a healthy lifestyle may not be enough to achieve the body they've always dreamed of. A good diet and regular exercise are essential to looking and feeling your best, but sometimes there are stubborn areas of fat that just don't seem to go away.

If that sounds familiar, then a procedure like SculpSure may be just what you need. Below you will find the answers to some of the most common questions asked about this procedure.

What is SculpSure?

SculpSure is a non invasive cosmetic procedure that can help contour your body and rid problem areas of excess fat. It employs specialized lasers to target and eliminate unwanted fat cells in both men and women.

It's important to note that SculpSure is not a weight loss treatment, and it is not well-suited for people with obesity.

How Does SculpSure Work?

The treatment involves a specially designed belt with heat laser paddles that can be adjusted to fit over the targeted problem areas.

The lasers are tuned to a specific wavelength to deliver even bursts of heat that will kill fat cells in the areas being treated. Once the fat cells have been killed, your body will naturally eliminate them as waste, and they will be gone for good.

SculpSure has been approved by the FDA to treat stubborn pockets of fat in the abdomen, flanks, chin and buttocks.

During your initial consultation, it's important to be detailed and honest about your expectations. This will allow your provider to give you a realistic plan that will best help you achieve your goals. Because SculpSure isn't a weight loss treatment, if you are looking for a major body overhaul, you may need a combination of procedures.

When you arrive for your SculpSure appointment, you will lie down comfortably while the technician places up to four applicator pads on the area to be treated. These pads will keep your skin cool while simultaneously delivering bursts of laser energy to heat up and kill the fat cells. A typical session takes about 25 minutes, and there is no prescribed downtime or recovery period.

Like any cosmetic or medical procedure, you should give your provider as much information as possible in order to make sure your treatment goes well. However, because SculpSure is noninvasive, there are very few risks associated with it. Some patients report slight discomfort during the heat cycles, and it's common to feel a certain amount of soreness for a short period of time following the treatment.

How Much Does SculpSure Cost?

The cost of this procedure varies by location, but the chart below can give you a price estimate for two sessions (two/three sessions are usually necessary to be able to achieve visible results).

Country Price (€) Price ($) Price (£)
Germany 600 700 530
Spain 600 700 530
Italy 750 890 660
UK 850 1000 750
Mexico 890 1050 780
US 1730 2050 1520

What Factors Affect the Cost?

There are several factors that determine how much this procedure will cost, including:

  • Location
  • Cost of living
  • Complexity
  • Competition
  • Reputation
  • Practicing costs

The biggest factor is often location.

This is true of a country-by-country comparison as well as a comparison between different geographical locations within the same country. In large cities and places where the overall cost of living is high, cosmetic procedures tend to cost more.

How complex the procedure is also partly determines cost. More complicated treatments require additional time, skill and resources, so the cost is naturally higher.

Another major factor is market demand. Because cosmetic procedures have become so popular, cosmetic surgeons are now competing in a global market. While you should never base your choice off of price alone, it's wise to shop around and speak to professionals in several locations before deciding.

Finally, established doctors are able to charge more because of their record and reputation. A surgeon with decades of experience can charge considerably more than someone who is highly trained but new to the field. Price isn't always indicative of skill, but expertise is usually more expensive.

Why Do Prices Differ Between Countries?

You'll often hear people say, "You get what you pay for," when the topic of cosmetic surgery abroad comes up. This can be a true adage, but you shouldn't dismiss a country's cosmetic procedure market simply because the price is lower than expected.

In many countries like Brazil and Mexico, the overall cost of living is lower than places like the United States or UK. This automatically allows practices to charge less without cutting into profits. Many countries don't subject doctors to huge fees for liability or malpractice insurance either, which goes a long way when factoring how much to charge. For example, U.S. doctors may pay up to $70,000 annually for malpractice insurance while an equally skilled Brazilian doctor may pay $6,000 or less.

Who is an Ideal Candidate for SculpSure?

An ideal candidate is a person who is in good general health and within 30 pounds of his or her goal weight. Despite the use of lasers, anyone of any skin color can safely use SculpSure.

When Will I See Results?

You should start to see results within one to three weeks of treatment. Optimal results are usually seen in the range of 6 to 12 weeks.

What is the Difference Between SculpSure and CoolSculpting?

The major difference between the two is the fat elimination process. CoolSculpting utilizes extremely cold temperatures to freeze and kill fat cells, and SculpSure relies on intense heat from lasers.

Cryotherapy also requires massage of the treatment areas post-procedure in order to achieve a natural-looking result and start the elimination process. Because SculpSure is able to evenly distribute heat, no massage is necessary.

Finally, each CoolSculpting treatment takes about an hour to complete, but SculpSure sessions only take 25 minutes. CoolSculpting results can be seen as early as three weeks, but it takes about three months for the full effects to show. For SculpSure, results can be seen a bit more quickly.

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About the author

Caitlin Russell, Communications Manager

Caitlin is our communications expert who is responsible for sharing the stories of our patients and partner clinics. She has a healthcare and travel communications background and a passion for empowering people to find and access affordable, high quality healthcare.

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