Study Finds SculpSure Can Reduce Fat Under Chin Interview with:
David H. McDaniel
David H. McDaniel, MD is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. He is a Co-Director of the Hampton University Skin of Color Research Institute, Adjunct Professor in the School of Science, Hampton University. What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: The study was designed to evaluate at multiple sites the effects on submental fat of a 1060nm diode laser treatment which was already FDA cleared for non-invasive lipolysis of the abdomen, flanks, back, inner and outer thighs. A total of 19 volunteers were treated at our study site with typically two 25 minute treatments.  There was a 12 week follow-up period after treatment and photography (both 2D and 3D) was used to evaluate with expert physician grader along with other 3D analytics and a subject satisfaction questionnaire.

The main findings were reduction in submental fat both from the expert grader and as well as the 3D metrics.  The 3D metrics also showed a lifting effect.  The study volunteers reported a ‘satisfied’ or ‘extremely satisfied’ score from the subject assessments. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: SculpSure is s a safe and effective way to reduce submental fat and improve cosmetic contour of this area along with some lifting effect on the overlying skin.  Subjects as dark as Fitzpatrick skin type V were treated at our site without any pigmentary issues. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: We are currently evaluating longer-term results for fat reduction and skin tightening/lifting using the 3D metrics and analytics on a subset of the study subjects to learn how long these the fat reduction and contouring improvements continue.  I believe we will gain more insights into what to tell our patients about the treatment results and benefits longer term as well as gain a better understanding of what are perhaps the optimal treatment intervals before perform any touch-up treatments. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: This is a great new addition to the existing FDA cleared cryolipolysis and chemical lipolysis treatments and allows more versatility for those who already have this laser device.

COI disclosures are that Cynosure/Hologic supported the study with a research grant and loan of a device and also I have served on MAB or as a consultant in the recent past or currently for the company.  I also have worked with CoolSculpting/Allergan and Kythera/Allergan on lipolysis projects as consultant or researcher as well as  Canfield Scientific who assisted me with adapting the analytics for their 3D Vectra M3 camera to perform the special analytics. Thank you for your contribution to the community.

Citation: American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc

ASLMS 2018 ePosters

Clinical Study to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of a 1060nm Diode Laser for Treating the Submental Area

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Last Updated on May 2, 2018 by Marie Benz MD FAAD