Shores’ regular morning routine always went something like this: get out of
bed, slightly stretch, and then reach down with both hands to pinch and examine
her belly roll. “I’m not sure how this happened,” says Shores, a woman in her forties, “but I suspect [my belly fat] has
something to do with my advancing age and the fact that my job keeps me chained
to a desk for 10 hours a day.”
stomach fat was consuming her thoughts so much, that Shores would spend time at
work researching different ways to get rid of it. “I thought liposuction was
too invasive, and I’d tried another noninvasive option before, and while it did
work a little, it was not nearly as easy breezy as they made it sound,” says
treatments were another option that Shores found online, and after learning
that it would cost approximately $1,500 to get her abdomen treated, she spent
the rest of the afternoon “contemplating if I should just pull the trigger [and
get the treatment] or spend the money on buying bigger pants.” It wasn’t until
a day or so later, when she bumped into her “6’2”, perfectly-chiseled,
stunningly beautiful ex-boyfriend” at a spinning class that she decided to get
the SculpSure treatment.
The SculpSure treatment is different than other
body contouring treatments on the market. This FDA-cleared, advanced,
non-invasive laser body contouring treatment, SculpSure treatments helps
patients achieve a natural-looking, slimmer appearance on multiple parts of
their body, including the abdomen, love handles, inner and outer thighs, the
back and under the chin. Shores’ SculpSure treatment was performed by New York City plastic surgeon, Lawrence Bass, MD. “The SculpSure treatment is
patient-pleasing and provides reliable contour reduction in a rapid, flexible
treatment without taking patients out of their regular routine,” says Dr. Bass.
is essentially no downtime with SculpSure treatments, and here’s why—the
treatment uses targeted laser energy to heat fat cells under the skin without
affecting the skin’s surface, raising the temperature of the fat cells, and
therefore damaging their structural integrity. Over the next three months,
those damaged fat cells are processed and eliminated by the body’s lymphatic
system, and patients may see results as quickly as six weeks after their
treatment (although optimal results are typically seen at 12 weeks).
described her treatment as a scene from the movie Alien. Dr. Bass “attached a belt with four rectangular plastic
cutouts across my stomach and pulled it tight enough that the bulge was popping
through the center,” explains Shores. Then, “he attached four applicators [to
the frames and belts], which are attached to four long hoses.” When the treatment
begins, you immediately feel a burst of cooling, but then you start to feel
peaks of deep warmth followed by cooling. For 25 minutes, the treatment goes through
cycles of cooling and deep warming sensations, but it is tolerable. “I ended up
answering emails on my phone and texting pictures of me hooked up to this
contraption to the girls at work, and before I knew it, it was over,” she recalls.
says that she felt no pain afterwards, and that there were no red marks or
swelling on her abdomen, either. “The only visible traces were a few marks
where the frames were, similar to the lines left on my belly from the too tight
waistband on my pants, just not as bad,” she says. A few days after the
treatment, though, Shores felt a little tender to the touch in the treatment
area, but no visible discoloration or marking of any kind.
wasn’t until the fifth week after her treatment that Shores began to see major
results in her stomach. After performing her regular morning ritual of getting
up, stretching, and grabbing her roll, she realized how much smaller it felt.
“My side-to-side jelly belly roll had shrunk down to a small donut that
surrounded my belly button,” she said. Shores couldn’t believe that it hadn’t
even been six weeks yet. “I was overjoyed. Well, as overjoyed as I could have
been before having coffee but overjoyed nonetheless.”
Patient and physician were
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