How Does SculpSure Work?

We’re breaking down the info the way it breaks down fat cells.

Even with diet and exercise, most people have stubborn pockets of fat that seem impossible to lose. SculpSure’s body contouring technology is able to target areas of excess fat accumulation that’s resistant to diet and exercise and destroy the targeted fat cells safely in just 25 minutes without surgery or downtime. But how does SculpSure work? Read about its history, science and explore before and after photos.

What happens during SculpSure?

SculpSure body contouring uses 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. When the energy is absorbed by the fatty layer it creates heat, which in turn destroys the fat cells. The destroyed fat is then removed by the body through natural channels over several weeks time.

While SculpSure delivers laser light through the skin to heat up and damage fat, it simultaneously has a cooling contact layer for optimal patient comfort. During a treatment, up to four separate applicators are held against the skin with straps and a feeling of warmth or deep heating is typically experienced. However, energy levels can be adjusted as needed for added comfort. During the 25 minute treatment you will lie or sit on the exam chair and may read, use your cell phone or just relax.

The science behind SculpSure


Targeted laser energy heats fat cells under the skin without affecting the skin’s surface.

Destroying Fat Cells

SculpSure raises the temperature of fat cells damaging their structural integrity.


Over the next three months, the damaged fat cells are processed and eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system.


Fat cells are permanently removed and will not regenerate. Results can be seen as quickly as six weeks, and optimal results typically seen at 12 weeks.

What happens after SculpSure?

SculpSure takes 25 minutes and is noninvasive with little to no recovery time. This means that you could feasibly have a treatment done on your lunch break and return to regular work immediately.

As your body metabolizes the eliminated fat cells, fat reduction may be noticeable in as few as six weeks after one treatment. Clinical data from Cynosure, the creator of SculpSure, shows that on average, one session results in a 24 percent reduction of fat in the treated area. Full results are normally seen 12 weeks after the initial treatment. Because the cells eliminated during the procedure are destroyed with the laser, these cells won’t regenerate. Desired fat reduction should be maintained through healthy diet and exercise.

Before & After Photos

Mary Lee Amerian M.D. Dermatology is one of Santa Monica’s most experienced SculpSure centers and will be happy to answer any of your questions. Call us today at (310) 829-9396 or request a free consultation online.

How Does SculpSure Work?
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How Does SculpSure Work?
How does SculpSure work? Learn about the technology behind the SculpSure procedure and how it may work to reduce fat cells with targeted heat technology.
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Mary Lee Amerian M.D. Dermatology
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