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Should I Opt for Lipo or Non-Surgical Body Contouring?

The holiday season is fast approaching – and that means office parties, cocktail receptions, and general merriment.  But if you’re not confident about your current body shape, the idea of spending your days in festive cocktail dresses or smart suits may be a bit intimidating.

If you haven’t been able to whittle your waistline through diet and exercise, you may need assistance via liposuction. In previous generations, patients interested in undergoing liposuction were limited to the traditional procedure.  This treatment involved using a cannula to forcefully break apart fatty deposits within the body, especially around the stomach, waistline, thighs, and back.  Traditional liposuction requires general anesthesia, as well as a standard recovery time of six to eight weeks.

Confused?  This article will help you understand the different types of procedures out there, and which one is right for your needs.

CoolSculptingNon-Invasive Body Contouring

If you are within 20-30 pounds of your goal weight but have small-to-medium pockets of fat that seem to be diet and exercise resistant, CoolSculpting may be a great option. CoolSculpting freezes the fat cells, allowing your body to absorb them through the digestive and lymphatic systems.  This procedure produces results in as little a four weeks, and after only one treatment.

BodyTite Minimally-Invasive Body Contouring

If you have loose skin as a result of weight-loss, pregnancy, or the natural aging process, BodyTite is a great option. BodyTite uses radiofrequency energy to heat the skin, causing it to tighten while also producing collagen. BodyTite can be used on its own, or it can be used with liposuction to create smooth, tight skin on the treated area. Results are immediate, but there is some downtime associated with this procedure.

LiposuctionSurgical Body Contouring

If you are struggling to eliminate body fat, liposuction can be an effective solution. Liposuction is a surgical body sculpting technique that is used to eliminate stubborn, unwanted fat from the body. Liposuction is not an alternative to natural, healthy weight loss, but it can be an effective solution for achieving your cosmetic goals. Since this is a surgery, you will have downtime afterward, with limitations on your daily activities.


Each of these procedures can be performed on many areas of the body including the abdomen, flanks, back thighs, and even the chin. Ultimately, the right procedure for you will depend on how much fat you want removed and what areas you want to treat.

No matter what your goals and needs, you’ll find the right body contouring procedure for you at Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD in Powell, Tennessee (also serving the greater Knoxville and East Tennessee areas). Contact us today to schedule your consultation at 865-671-3888.