Plastic Surgery and Skincare Specialists Discuss Best Team Approaches to Delivering Optimal Laser Body Contouring Results

As Patients Seek Nonsurgical Options, Treatments are on the Rise

Las Vegas, NV (April 2, 2016) – The Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists (SPSSCS) hosted a panel discussion today at the 22nd Annual Skincare Meeting on the best practices for laser body contouring including how effective it is and at what stage they would recommend a surgical procedure in lieu of laser contouring. They also discussed ways plastic surgeons and skincare specialists can work as a team to deliver optimal laser body contouring results. SPSSCS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of skincare education and the delivery of safe quality skincare to patients in board-certified plastic surgeon’s offices.

As more patients seek subtle, nonsurgical treatments when possible, laser body contouring has seen a steady increase in number of procedures performed year-over-year, up 18.7% in 2015, with 160,763 procedures performed according to statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Nevertheless, plastic surgeons agree that laser body contouring is not a weight loss procedure, and is only ideal for patients who are in good shape and leading a healthy lifestyle, but still have pockets of fat that are unaffected by diet and exercise.

“The variety of laser body contouring devices available offer plastic surgeons many options for customizing treatments to a patient’s needs,” notes Dr. Barry DiBernardo, a member of ASAPS and panelist. “One of the latest technologies is SculpSure, the first FDA-approved hyperthermic laser treatment, which represents an entirely new approach to noninvasive lipolysis. It is designed to disrupt subcutaneous fat cells in the abdomen and flanks in just 25 minutes.”

There are several laser body contouring devices available in plastic surgeons’ practices. Over time, these damaged fat cells are naturally absorbed and removed from the body, with results seen as quickly as six weeks, and optimal results typically seen at 12 weeks. Patients can resume their daily activities immediately after a laser body contour treatment. Fat cells destroyed during treatment will not regenerate, but diet and exercise are essential to maintaining optimal results. If a patient doesn’t maintain a healthy lifestyle, new fat cells will form.

“While laser body contouring procedures are effective on a patient with a limited volume of fat, it is not a replacement for liposuction in patients with a larger fat volume. Larger quantities of fat can require multiple nonsurgical treatments, so liposuction is probably a better option for those patients. Consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine the best treatment for you,” notes Dr. DiBernardo.

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The Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists (SPSSCS) was founded in 1994 by a group of renowned plastic surgeons, members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), who recognized the need to educate and provide clinical skills to skincare specialists who provide treatment to patients in the offices of board-certified plastic surgeons. The SPSSCS is uniquely positioned as the only national skin care specialty organization aligned with the plastic surgery specialty. The Society is comprised of 350 members who are either nurses or aestheticians. For more information visit


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