Non-Surgical Liposuction

Liposuction vs. Non-Surgical Fat Reduction

If you have areas of stubborn fat that diet and exercise can’t get rid of, a fat reduction treatment could be a great option. Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures as it is safe, effective, and permanently reduces fat. However, in recent years, minimally invasive procedures and alternatives have been gaining popularity, requiring no incision, anesthesia, or downtime.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a procedure that involves inserting a small tube into a specific region in the body where there is excess fat. You can treat the thighs, buttocks, stomach, arms, neck, chin, and legs. The surgery is done using local anesthesia to reduce the risk of complications, and it lasts for 1 to 3 hours, depending on the size of the area being treated.

Liposuction costs around $2,500-$5,000 for a long-lasting treatment, and results can be seen after 3 weeks. Full recovery is complete after 6 months.

Liposuction vs. Alternatives: Pros and Cons

Some pros and cons of both options involve the following:

  • Invasiveness. The aggressive method of Liposuction can sometimes leave bruises or cause swelling for up to 10 days post-op, so people often seek out less invasive procedures like CoolSculpting or Sculpsure.
  • Results. Liposuction results are fully visible and healed after 6 months, whereas it takes longer to see results from non-invasive options. Liposuction can be a longer-lasting procedure than a minimally invasive option, which may require follow-up treatments.
  • Recovery. After Liposuction treatment, patients have to restrict everyday activities for several days after the procedure and use caution when beginning to exercise again – but results can be seen much sooner than non-invasive procedures. Less invasive Liposuction alternatives require minimal downtime, meaning you can return to normal activities immediately.

Is Non-Surgical Fat Reduction Right for Me?

Liposuction is an excellent option for reducing large deposits of excess fat, but it does pose more significant risks than non-surgical options. If you are already at a steady, ideal weight, have good skin elasticity, and want to target small, stubborn pockets of fat, a non-surgical fat reduction option may be better. However, your results will be less dramatic, and multiple treatments may be required. Liposuction may be a better option if you want long-lasting results in a large treatment area that only requires one session.

Best Liposuction Surgery Alternatives

Some great minimally invasive, non-surgical Liposuction alternatives include:

  • Tumescent Liposuction. This involves injecting a large dose of anesthetic solution into the fat tissue before removing the fat aspiration with a cannula via tiny incisions.
  • BodyFX. These treatments cause permanent fat cell death, skin tightening, and cellulite improvement by applying high-voltage electrical pulses in localized areas of fat and improving skin texture.
  • SculpSure. This procedure works by applying laser applicators over the area of unwanted fat, emitting laser energy to heat the fat to a level that kills the fat cells. The skin is cooled to keep the treatment comfortable and to protect the skin from injury.
  • CoolSculpt. CoolSculpting is a procedure that reduces or eliminates excess fat pockets by freezing the cells and applying cold temperatures to freeze fat cells in target areas, which the body then naturally removes.
  • Evolve. This safe, non-invasive technique utilizes radiofrequency and electromagnetic energy to tighten the skin and destroy localized fat while building and toning muscle.

Schedule Your Consultation

Dr. Bell has dedicated his 25 years of practice to cosmetic plastic surgery of the face and body. He prides his excellence on the harmonious balance of vision, aesthetic appearance, and patient care.

Book a consultation with the SpaMedica team today to decide which procedure option is best for you, and look forward to achieving your dream body!

Verified for Accuracy
The medical information on this page has been reviewed and verified for accuracy by Dr. Stephen Mulholland.


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