Areas of unwanted, stubborn fat are a common concern for many people. Whether it comes in the shape of a stomach “pooch” after pregnancy, areas of fat around the thighs, or bulges along the flanks and back, localized fat can be hard to get rid of permanently.


Liposuction is a form of cosmetic surgery that destroys and sucks fat from the body. It is commonly used on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, neck and back.  It provides more dramatic results than other noninvasive fat reduction procedures, however, it has a longer recovery period (up to eight weeks) and in most cases, costs more than its nonsurgical counterparts.

Body Contouring

Body Contouring is a good match for people who are close to their target weight, but want to reduce small, localized trouble spots on the hips, abdomen, or thighs. This treatment uses a specialized cryolipolysis device to cool unwanted fat cells to the point of death without affecting surrounding tissues. Once the fat cells die, they are flushed from the body during the days and weeks following the procedure. The final result is seen after three months.

Liposuction vs Body Contouring: Advantages & Disadvantages

The type of procedure:

Liposuction is an invasive method of fat reduction and creates a trauma in the treatment area. Patients will experience soreness, bruising, and swelling for up to 10 days after the procedure. Body Contouring, on the other hand, is typically gentle with minimal discomfort, both during and after treatment.

The healing process after liposuction requires patients to limit everyday activities for several days after the procedure and to use caution when restarting exercise. Body Contouring does not require a long healing period and patients can return to normal activities right after the treatment. Though your results will be less noticeable with nonsurgical fat reduction, you will be able to return to work and get back to your life much sooner


Liposuction results are visible after the inflammation reduces and the treated area heals, although the final result is not seen for 4 months. It takes longer to see results from Body Contouring and other noninvasive body Slimming treatments, which become obvious in the weeks and months following the procedure. While neither liposuction or nonsurgical body contouring treatments are a replacement for weight loss, liposuction offers more dramatic result, in addition to some skin shrinkage.