SculpSure Body Contouring
Passports and Grub has teamed up with Dr. Heidi Lakes of Genesys Family Medicine and Spa to bring you SculpSure a Non-Invasive Body Contouring Treatment. Being a mother plus a food and travel blogger has its privileges but in life for everything that’s good, there’s always the bad. After having my daughter Madison 10 years ago and yes I still have “baby weight” 10 years later in addition to being a foodie has prevented me from putting on a two piece bathing suit for some time.
My back fat, flanks, and tummy has not been without rolls in a long time. I find myself still fighting to demolish the elusive pooch and back fat. I have tried everything under the sun to rid myself of these undesirable love handles from working out, diets, and even Coolsculpting which is another noninvasive fat reduction procedure that did not yield any results except it took my $1400.00. Coolsculpting left me with the same about of fat I started with before I entered the office. I’ve even worn a corset every day for 6 months and guess what my love handles still wouldn’t budge. If they sell it and a doctor put a claim behind it, then I have tried it in hopes of attaining a flatter tummy and to lose these darn love handles. (Genesys Family Medicine provided free SculpSure services in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinion of my experience).
You can exercise. You can diet. But there’s little to no guarantee the fat will come off from the specific body part that you would like to target. Just because you don’t want it hanging around doesn’t mean it’s listening and those trouble spots persist despite your best efforts.
If you’re not burning enough calories (i.e., expending more than you’re taking in or exercising really, really hard), fat’s not coming off from anywhere in your body. This is perhaps easier to understand when you realize that one pound of fat is equivalent to 3500 calories. Typically the types of exercises you’re doing to spot reduce – like crunches or leg lifts – don’t burn many calories at all and if you’re not burning calories then you’re not burning fat.
About seven months ago I decided to test out the latest noninvasive fat fighter, SculpSure, at Genesys Family Medicine in Murfreesboro, TN. I was skeptical because I had previously tried the Coolsculpting with zero results but Dr. Heidi Lakes assured me I would see better results with SculpSure so I decided to give it a try. Not quite sure what I was getting myself into Dr. Lakes explained to me the main difference between SculpSure and Coolsculpting is the way they go at the fat.
“SculpSure utilizes a diode laser technology to obliterate fat under the skin. The laser energy is transmitted through the skin and then absorbed by the fatty tissue, which is the main target,” she says. “In doing so, the energy is absorbed by the fatty layer creating heat, which in turn destroys the fat cells. The analogy she used with me is that SculpSure is like a sniper with the specific target of fat whereas Coolsculpting is more like a grenade that destroys everything in its path.” The areas of attack for this mission: my upper back and my flanks.
What to expect
Never having SculpSure before (full disclosure: I have had other types of body treatments done before and they all feel differently). I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in terms of pain over the next 25 minutes (that’s how long each treatment area lasts). I hopped up on the table and got hooked up to the machine which involved a belt that went around my waist and two applicators that hooked into them. Once everything was in place and tightened up so that it wouldn’t move during the treatment we got started.
The first few seconds felt like nothing and I thought to myself this will be a breeze but I was wrong. As the device started to heat up I noticed a slight discomfort in the area that was being treated. The best way I can describe it is like a really hot heating pad on my back and flanks and just when I thought it was too hot I would get a burst of cool air. (Dr. Lakes advised me the machine has a cooling system in place to maintain safe and comfortable skin surface temperatures) Cool air would kick in and I could feel my anxiety levels drop. This went on over and over until the session was done.
Next came my flanks. I got unstrapped from the machine and was repositioned back on the table for the next session. Again, I got hooked up to the machine, but this time, the applicators were placed on the fatty parts of my flanks. It was the same thing as before: heat up for a few seconds and then cool down. Only, the flanks hurt substantially more than the stomach did—or at least for me. When I asked Dr. Lake’s why, she said, “Everyone is different and it really depends on how much fat and nerves are in the area and where the pad is positioned.”
When the hour was up, I left the office feeling fine. I was a little red and tender to the touch, but I was able to go about my day as usual and I even worked out worked out with my trainer the next morning.
The Next Day
I definitely felt tender in the treated areas and a little bloated and swollen in my stomach which was to be expected. The swelling and firmness lasted for about two weeks but it wasn’t anything uncomfortable—I was also told to drink plenty of water and not to take any anti-inflammatory agents. The procedure causes inflammation in the tissue and this is a process needed for the elimination of the fat, therefore you will need to avoid medication that treat inflammation, such as ibuprofen.
12 weeks after the initial treatment I was back at Dr. Lakes’ office for my first follow-up appointment. I was definitely starting to see a difference in my stomach, but it wasn’t until she pulled up the before-and-after pictures, that I knew it was working (mind you, this was all before, I decided to get serious and get me a personal trainer.
I was so impressed with the results, that when Dr. Lakes suggested going for round two I said yes! The mild discomfort was not enough to prevent me from having round 2 and I am considering round 3 as I write this blog post. June 7, 2016, I had my second treatment of SculpSure and the results were astonishing!
As with most women, I am more critical of myself and in my opinion, you can still see my love handles but I do have a waist which I didn’t have before the procedure. My pants fit looser in my stomach and I see the fat is starting to whittle away. I’m so excited to see what the results will be after my 3rd procedure and if it’s anything like what I saw after rounds one and two I will be 2-piece ready in no time.
Dr. Lakes is offering my readers 50% off of SculpSure for the next 2 months, just mention Passports and Grub.
1725 Medical Center Parkway
Gateway Building I
Murfreesboro, TN 37129