How Much Does SculpSure™ Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 10, 2018

SculpSure™ is an FDA-approved, non-invasive body sculpting method used to permanently reduce stubborn fat by applying heat to the treatment areas.

This hands-free hyperthermic laser treatment is minimally painful, can treat multiple areas in a very short span of time, and virtually requires no downtime.

How much does SculpSure™ cost?

The cost of SculpSure™ will greatly vary depending on the number of applications being used during the treatment process, the number of sessions required, your geographical location, which part of your body being targeted and the provider you’re using.  From our research, the average price per session was anywhere from $1,000 to $1,800 per session.  We also did reach that each applicator can cost about $400 each, on average, but the average session will often require three to four sessions, hence, the higher $x,xxx price tag.

We were able to gather some estimates from some professional providers across the United States and included our findings in the table below:

Geographical LocationPrice Quoted (per session)
Orlando, FL$999
Portland, OR$2,450
Atlanta, GA$2,000
Cherry Hill, NJ$2,000
Palm Beach Gardens, FL$1,900
Houston, TX$1,900
New York City, NY$1,600
Philadelphia, PA$1,600
Salt Lake City, UT$1,500
Sacramento, CA$1,500
Los Angeles, CA$1,500
Newark, NJ$1,350
El Segundo, CA$1,250

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery stated the average cost was $1,450 in 2016.

CBS News noted the cost of the procedure could run anywhere from $1,200 to $1,500 for each area of the body treated, and since it is considered a cosmetic procedure, most health insurance policies will not cover it.

The SculpSure Center of Beverly Hills listed their prices on their official website and stated it would cost $350 per applicator, with the average targeted area needed four applicators.  On the website, they did note they would offer bulk package discounts.

The procedure process

SculpSure™ uses a hands-free heat laser belt which uses specific wavelengths and heat to eliminate specific fat cells, and in 2015, the FDA cleared SculpSure™ for use in the upper/lower abdominal area and flanks. Before you are even considered for the treatment process, your provider will first want to set up a consultation to discuss your medical history, your goals and analyze your position.  If the provider feels you’re a candidate, then he or she will explain how many sessions you may need to help reach your goals.

During the procedure, you will be seated in a reclining position, and a licensed practitioner will mark the targeted areas on your body.  Once marked, the SculpSure™ device will be wrapped around you, similar to that of a belt.  This belt will then deliver a laser, alternative hot and cool effects, which can reach a temperature as high as 116.6°F, according to HealthLine.com.  This temperature, in effect, is hot enough to kill any fat cells beneath the skin without harming the surrounding tissues.  Each area will use a certain amount of “applicators.”  For example, the average abdomen may use four applicators, while the flanks, known as the love handles, could use up to four as well — two on each side.

Each session can take about 25 to 30 minutes, and if you do need additional treatments in the future, then you may have to wait up to 12 weeks before coming back to the office.  With little recovery time, almost all patients can go home immediately.

Once complete, the results are considered to be permanent as the fat cells will be gone for good.

Sculpsure™ vs CoolSculpting™

Both procedures will use the same basic concept — changing the temperature in order to destroy the fat cells.  However, CoolSculpting™, as the name implies, will cool the fat cells, whereas Sculpsure™ will heat the fat cells.

Even though the concept will be the same, the treatments can be quite different.  Each CoolSculpting™ session, on average, can take up to an hour to perform, while each Sculpsure™ can take as little as 25 minutes.  Why the difference?  During the CoolSculpting™, the targeted area is pulled and sucked between two plates in order to freeze the fat cells.  Even when this is done, the area needs to be massaged before the patient is able to leave.   Sculpsure™, on the other hand, more than one area can be done at the same time, effectively cutting down the treatment time.  Once the applicators are done, a patient is free to go home and no additional care will be required.

As both are FDA approved and will not require any surgery or anesthesia, the side effects may vary considerably.  Since CoolSculpting™ uses a pulling and tugging sensation, this can leave an uncomfortable feeling during the session, often leading to redness or mild bruising.  While there will be some soreness, patients can resume activities within 24 hours.  Sculpsure™, not requiring any type of suction, will use a higher intensity of heat, which can lead to cramping, swelling or bruising side effects.

As mentioned, both are FDA approved; however, each treatment is approved for a certain area.  CoolSculpting™, as of this publishing, is able to treat more areas of the body in comparison to Sculpsure™.   CoolSculpting™ can be used to treat the abdomen area, flanks, thighs, chin and for facial contouring, while Sculpsure™ can only be used for the abdomen and flanks.  This, however, can change over time and even though some areas are not approved by the FDA, it doesn’t mean the area can be treated with that particular method.

CoolSculpting™ will require at least a “pinch of fat” to become effective, while Sculpsure™ can treat smaller areas.

Tips to know:

The procedure is best suited for those who have a body mass index of 30 or less and is not intended as a weight loss option.

SculpSure™ risks and side effects may include minor pinching, a tingling sensation, soreness and/or stiffness after and/or during the procedure.  Being a relatively new procedure, few serious side effects have been reported.

SculpSure™ was the very first FDA approved, non-invasive laser option for fat reduction.

The laser is created by the same company who makes SmartLipo.

Studies have shown patients see a 30 percent reduction in fat.

Providers forewarn that you shouldn’t consider SculpSure™ as a liposuction alternative.  While liposuction can often get rid of up to 100 percent of the fat, SculpSure™, as a conservative estimate, can get rid of up to 25 percent of the fat.

How can I save money?

Some providers do offer financing plans or even incentives.  For example, if a provider knows you need more than session or a higher-than-average applicator session, they may be able to offer a bulk discount.  Usually not covered by insurance, talk with the provider you plan on using to see if they can work with your budget.


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Average Reported Cost: $750

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. Judith Hanson (Torrington,  New York) paid $ and said:

    $1,150 for 1st treatment.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Aesthetics at Illinois Eye Center (Peoria,  Illinois) paid $1500 and said:

    I called for quotes in the Iowa an Illonois area and the costly one is in Iowa Hiawattha for 1900.00 per area.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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