Liposuction has been known as one of the most popular and top-performing cosmetic procedures for many years. With the introduction of non-invasive procedures offering more benefits, many patients are deciding to opt for new methods.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction involves a cosmetic surgeon carefully removing excess and unwanted body fat. This is performed through a small, hollow tube called a cannula, particularly effective at removing fat from the legs, arms, abdomen, back, face, and neck.
The overall aim is to alter the shape of the body, delivering long-lasting results to help you maintain your ideal body type. It is usually carried out under general anaesthetic and can last up to a few hours.
Non-invasive fat reduction treatment uses different methods to target and removes unwanted fat cells. Surgical procedures can be incredibly daunting and nonsurgical alternatives are becoming increasingly popular.
There are various types of nonsurgical treatment. CoolSculpting is great for those wanting to spot-reduce small pieces of excess fat, typically found on the hips, abdomen, or thighs. This method uses a specialized cooling device to remove unwanted cells.
truSculpt is a similar method in that it can assist with spot-reducing fat found on the hips, thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. The treatment uses radiofrequency technology which lasts an hour, often requiring one or two treatments to complete the process.
BodyTite is another non-invasive procedure tightening the skin to reduce excess fat deposits. Again using radiofrequency technology, thermal energy is used to melt fat and strengthen the collagen bands beneath the surface of the skin.
Liposuction vs. nonsurgical fat reduction
There are a number of pros and cons for both liposuction and nonsurgical fat reduction. Liposuction is a well-renowned medical procedure and is proven to be highly effective. The treatment is capable of removing large volumes of unwanted fat and will last for many years.
However, the recovery time may require you to take time off work and leave you unable to participate in any physical activities. This invasive surgery can often leave bruising and swelling and can lightly damage the skin of the targeted areas.
With the non-surgical fat reduction, the procedure is non/minimally invasive and will leave little to no scarring or bruising. The recovery period is a lot shorter, allowing you to return to work after a few days.
On the other hand, only small sections can be removed, resulting in numerous treatments.