Liposuction vs Non Surgical Fat Reduction: Pros & Cons

Keeping healthy is hard work and often, you get to a point where no matter how healthy you eat and how much you exercise, there are simply some stubborn fat cells that don’t seem to budge. This can not only impact your motivation, but also impacts your confidence.

Everyone’s body is built differently, and it’s important to note that we’re all designed to be unique. But if those fat deposits are chipping away at your confidence, you might want to step up your progress. There are two common ways to do this, liposuction and non-surgical fat reduction.

But what exactly are these, and could they be right for you?


Liposuction: What Is It & Should You Get It?


Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes stubborn fat from various parts of your body, including your stomach, thighs, butt, hips, arms, back and even under your chin! There are a few different types of liposuction, but they generally all follow the same process.

Step One: You’ll have a consultation with the cosmetic dermatologist surgeon to discuss why you want to get lipo, the cost of the procedure, and to discuss the benefits of liposuction, vs possible side effects. Make sure you mention if you have allergies of any sorts, or if you’re on medication.

Step Two: You’ll be given details on how to prepare for the surgery — what you can and can’t eat in the lead up, and so on. You’ll also make a booking for the surgery to be completed.

Step Three: Head to the clinic where you’ll have marks drawn onto your problem areas — this is where the incisions will be.

Step Four: The surgery is completed under general or local anaesthesia, and a thin, hollow tube cannula will be inserted into the incisions. Depending on the type of lipo you are getting, at this point a sterile solution will be injected into the area to make it easier to suck the fat out, or you’ll have lasers that melt away the fat.

Step Five: Unwanted fat is then sucked out of your body.

Step Six: You will be tender for a few weeks, but you can go home on the same day. Wear a compression garment which will help with any swelling, and if required, get antibiotics and painkillers to assist.

Should you get it?

Liposuction has a number of benefits: it’s safe, can improve both your health and your confidence, it’s an easy way to target areas that diet and exercise aren’t helping with, the results

Not only that, but you also need to have firm, elastic skin, you need to be a non-smoker and you can’t have a chronic illness as this might affect healing. Cons of liposuction include small scars where the incisions were made, pain and swelling as side effects, it doesn’t fix stretch marks or cellulite, and you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle if you want it to last.


Non-Surgical Fat Reduction: What Is It & Should You Get It?


If the idea of surgery doesn’t appeal to you, non-surgical fat reduction could be a better choice, using minimally invasive technology that either heats, cools or injects medication into your fat cells to reduce them. Types of non-surgical fat reduction include low-level laser, radiofrequency and cryolipolysis.

Non-surgical fat reduction is designed to reduce fat down into a liquid, which goes through your metabolic system and disappears with fluid loss (such as using the toilet).

The process is pretty simple. Choose the type you want to have done, decide on your target areas, book with an experienced cosmetic dermatologist surgeon, and have the procedure. You don’t need to prepare and you can walk straight out afterwards and go about your usual day, ensuring you drink lots of water.

Should you get it?

There are numerous pros to this type of fat reduction: there’s no surgery or scarring, there is only mild discomfort and not anaesthesia, and it’s perfect for small, stubborn areas of fat. Cons are that this treatment doesn’t work on larger areas, it may cause temporary swelling or tingling, and it’s not as effective if you have lots of scar tissue. Also, keep in mind that with this type of fat reduction, you may need to have a few treatments to see major changes.

Anyone can get this type of fat reduction, except for women who are breastfeeding or pregnant.


Final Thoughts

Deciding on whether you prefer liposuction or non-invasive fat removal is truly a personal choice. Both have benefits and both have been proven to work, it really just depends on what results you wish to achieve (and how quickly). Regardless of which option you choose, the confidence you feel in the end will make it worthwhile.



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