Can you contour your body without surgery? That depends on what kind of result you’re after. Some results can only be accomplished with surgery. Other results might be possible with a non surgical method.
Does Body Contouring Without Surgery Work?
Body contouring is quickly growing in popularity. Every year, procedures such as liposuction and tummy tuck seem to grow in number (and in satisfied patients). In part, that’s because non surgical facial procedures have become so adept at generating results. If you can get Botox instead of a facelift, that leaves you plenty of money (and time) left over for a tummy tuck.
But the prevalence of non surgical facial procedures begs a question: what about non surgical body contouring? If you can get your entire transformation without needing surgery, why wouldn’t you go that route? So what kind of non surgical body contouring options are there?
What is Body Contouring?
Before we talk about non surgical body contouring methods, it might help to define what body contouring is, especially since the term is a little nebulous. Essentially, any body contouring procedure is designed to help reshape your body in a certain way. Under this definition, even procedures such as breast lift or breast augmentation would count as body contouring.
That said, breast enhancement procedures are usually given their own category. That leaves us with procedures such as the following:
- Tummy tuck–This procedure eliminates unwanted skin from around the belly area.
- Liposuction–A liposuction procedure can eliminate fat from around the body.
- Arm lift–This procedure can eliminate unwanted tissue from the arms (including fat and skin).
- Lower body lift–When excess skin needs to be eliminated from a wide area of the body, sometimes a lower body lift is used to accomplish that.
These procedures, to a certain extent, are the tip of the iceberg. Simply put, there are many different body contouring procedures that can help you achieve your desired results. In general, they refer to any procedures that change the shape of the body below the neck (not including the breasts).
Can Non Surgical Body Contouring Succeed?
In the past, non surgical body contouring has been something of a pipe dream. It’s not something that ever worked exactly as advertised. And that’s still true if you’re talking about procedures designed to eliminate excess skin. Unfortunately, the only truly effective way to eliminate unwanted excess skin is via surgery.
But if you want to remove excess unwanted fat, you now have two effective non surgical options to do just that. With some caveats.
- Coolsculpting: This procedure has been on the market for years, but the latest versions of the technology have proven to be the most effective. Coolsculpting works by freezing fat cells. Your skin has a higher threshold for cold than fat cells do. So your skin is just fine, and the fat cells disintegrate. The only drawback is that results tend to be on the subtle side. But you do get to eliminate fat (just about anywhere on the body) without needing to undergo surgery.
- Kybella: An injectable that eliminates fat. That’s the kind of thing that’s going to grab headlines! And, for a while, that’s exactly what Kybella did. According to all reports, Kybella seems to work nicely. The only drawback is that Kybella is only FDA approved for use on the lower jawline. So you can easily get rid of a double-chin. But fat anywhere else on your body will need another solution. For now, at least.</strong.kybella:<>
Very Different Approaches
While it’s easy to imagine them as being in direct competition, surgical and non surgical body contouring approaches tend to be more complimentary than anything else. Which is best for you will depend on a variety of personal factors. So talk to your cosmetic surgeon about which approach you should take to get your desired results.
About the author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for nearly five years. He’s always in touch with surgeons to make sure he has the most accurate and up to date information possible.