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June/July 2017

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39 www.OurHealthlbss.com S K I N C A R E | Specialty Speaking SCULPSURE: A NON-SURGICAL WAY TO GET RID OF STUBBORN FAT SculpSure is the first FDA-cleared laser treatment for lipolysis (getting rid of fat) of the flanks (side of the body) and abdomen. A newer and completely non-invasive treatment, SculpSure has been available to patients since 2015. The plastic surgeons at Centra Medical Group in Lynchburg say SculpSure is ideal for patients who are looking for an alternative to traditional liposuction surgery and want to get rid of stubborn fat and trouble spots, particularly those spots that seem resistant to diet and exercise. "There is no preparation for treatment and it does not require anesthetic," notes Keith Pitzer, MD of Centra Medical Group Plastic Surgery Center. SculpSure is a laser that specifically focuses on the fat layer without causing burning or redness to the overlying skin, so there is minimal discomfort. Treatment for each area of the body takes approximately 25 minutes, and there is no downtime following the procedure. In one treatment, SculpSure can provide up to a 24 percent reduction in subcutaneous fat, which is the fat that lies just below your skin—like the excess fat you can grab at your waistline. While the procedure is quick, patients see results at approximately six weeks following treatment. While the fat cells are destroyed during the laser treatment, it takes some time for the body to evacuate them via urine. "Optimal results are typically seen at twelve weeks," says Dr. Pitzer. "Treated fat cells are permanently eliminated and will not regenerate." However, it is important to note that results are not permanent if a patient gains significant weight. In one treatment, SculpSure can provide up to a 24 percent reduction in subcutaneous fat, which is the fat that lies just below your skin – like the excess fat you can grab at your waistline. Cost varies depending on the number of areas treated, but ranges from approximately $1,200 and up. Like most cosmetic procedures, SculpSure is not covered by insurance. Centra plastic surgeons like SculpSure because there is no surgery, no downtime and the patient can resume normal activities right away. "There are many people who exercise and eat right, but still have those stubborn areas that just won't go away," concludes Dr. Pitzer. "SculpSure brings another option to the table." SMARTLIPO OFFERS A MINIMALLY INVASIVE ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL LIPOSUCTION SmartLipo is an FDA-approved, minimally invasive alternative to traditional liposuction used for removing excess body fat. Simply put, SmartLipo is liposuction performed using laser technology, allowing the plastic surgeon to remove unwanted fat with less pain and downtime than traditional liposuction surgery. "Since the procedure is minimally invasive, the bounce back is much quicker," says Dr. Pitzer. The ideal candidate for SmartLipo is someone in good health, and not typically more than 25 pounds over their ideal body weight. Keith Pitzer, MD Centra Medical Group Plastic Surgery Center 1330 Oak Lane, Ste 100 Lynchburg, VA 24503 434.200.4350 www.centrahealth.com Simon Hatin, MD Centra Medical Group Plastic Surgery Center 1330 Oak Lane, Ste 100 Lynchburg, VA 24503 434.200.4350 www.centrahealth.com Henry Wilson, MD Centra Medical Group Plastic Surgery Center 1330 Oak Lane, Ste 100 Lynchburg, VA 24503 434.200.4350 www.centrahealth.com

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