Of the more than 17 million minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. last year, one of the fastest growing trends is non-invasive fat reduction. The process uses a laser to cool or heat fat cells to a point where they die and are expelled by the body.
“The majority of new fat cells are created during puberty,” said Karin Olszewski, a registered nurse at Samaritan Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery who performs the procedure. “Laser fat reduction destroys the fat cells it comes in contact with, which leads to a very long-lasting result.”
Samaritan Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery offers SculpSure®, a fat-burning laser that will diminish 20 to 25 percent of fat cells within the treatment area. The device is cleared by the FDA to treat the abdomen, flanks (or “love handles”) and below the bra line.
“The process was really well explained and really simple,” said Morgan Baldwin, a patient of the clinic. “I had some excess weight in my midsection. It wasn’t a lot but it was enough that I thought SculpSure® might help.”
After three sessions over 18 weeks on her upper and lower abdomen, Baldwin can feel the difference.
“My clothes fit a little bit looser,” she said. “It happened so slowly over time that I actually couldn’t tell a difference when I looked in the mirror, but when I saw the before and after pictures there was a definite improvement.”
“Minimally invasive fat reduction like SculpSure® is ideal for people who have a little pooch in their tummy that they can’t seem to get rid of,” said Olszewski. “It’s not as dramatic as a tummy tuck, but for those who don’t want to go through surgery, it’s a good alternative.”
Read more about SculpSure® and how it differs from other body contouring procedures.