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Traditional Liposuction Vs. Non-Invasive Fat Reduction Method

Updated on May 20, 2016

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a famous term especially for celebrities and other famous people, it is a procedure of improving a person's appearance by removing fats from different areas of the body.

This method started in the late 1960 using a technique known as curettage or scrapping, it was not largely regarded because early liposuction resulted to bleeding and poor health. However, the work evolved and suction-assisted procedures followed, and from time to time, they continue to improve until such time that the fats were liquified first, and the succeeding development of this surgical procedures resulted to less blood, discomfort and risks.

Women are often fond and prone to undergo liposuction than men, they often target abdomen, thighs, arms and buttocks, mainly to improve their physical appearance. Although there are also men who undergo liposuction, but most of them are for health reasons, however, even if you were able to eliminate fats in your body, it was not proven that liposuction can treat obesity related illness, because the main purpose of liposuction is to reshape certain areas of your body, not to reduce body weight.


Recent years showed new ways of dealing with stubborn fats on specific parts of the body. What seems to be risky, costly and painful method, progress into a safer and less painful using different techniques.

  • Suction-assisted liposuction (manual, power, twin cannula assisted) - suction assisted technique is the most conventional way, it can either be manual, power or twin cannula assisted. A small straw-like tube or cannula which is attached to a vacuum device, is inserted through the body and is moved around by the surgeon carefully while fat is being suctioned. The power-assisted techniqe make use of a mechanized cannula so instead of the surgeon moving around the tube, they will no longer need to make unnecessary manual movements due to the tube's mechanized movements, while twin cannula make use of a specialized cannula pair, where there is inner tube within the tube.
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction - This technique uses ultrasound to liquefy the fat, wuth the use of a special cannula to transmit ultrasound vibration. The liquefied fat is now easier to suction and remove. This technique is particularly good choice in removing fat from the upper abdomen, sides, and back. This technique however, consumes more time compared to a traditional suction assisted method.
  • Water-assisted liposuction - is a gentler fat removal technique, as the name suggest, a thin fan-shaped water beam is used to loosen the fat first so it can be suctioned easily, water is continually added during the entire procedure.
  • Laser assisted - just like any other technique, cannula is still used in laser-assisted, however, the tube is much smaller it is referred to as microcannula, where laser energy is delivered to melt the fat
  • Tumescent liposuction - uses local anesthetic in order to numb target area where the tube will be injected, this method is effective in minimizing blood lost.
  • Sutures - Since one of the goal after a liposuction procedure is to clear the patient's body of any excess fluid, surgeons usually leave the incisions open. This method will keep edema to a minimum, however, the possibility of having infection is higher since incision wounds are left open. But surgeons agreed that this wound heal even when not sutured since the opening is very small.

Are you desperate to eliminate stubborn fats?
Are you desperate to eliminate stubborn fats? | Source

Non-surgical fat reduction methods

As liposuction gains fame and becomes the most popular and top performed cosmetic procedures, it has become particularly effective for people who wants to have dramatic results in eliminating unwanted fats in specific areas of the body.

As time passes, there have been advancement in the surgical method of fat reduction, and the rise of non-invasive or non-sugical liposuction method was developed. New treatment methods and techniques have been established with the use of specialized equipment that does not require surgery.

The rise in its popularity signifies the desire of a lot of people to remove fat but does not want to undergo a surgery, thus, they are open to alternatives. Statistics showed that in a short period of time, hundred of thousands non-invasive procedure were perfomed.

Non-invasive fat reduction method
Non-invasive fat reduction method | Source


The techniques used in non-invasive body contouring typically uses energy in different forms. Heat and cold are both used to damage and reduce fat cells either by freezing or melting the fats away. With the use of specialized device that is applied directly to the target area, these techniques does not employ the use of injection, suture and does not require incisions, therefore, there is little or no risk at all undergoing this procedure.

  • Low level laser light- this technique lessen the stability of lipocyte and fat cells, these are energy that are stored as fats. The low-level of laser light is released to break down stored fats, in order to totally eliminate these fats from the body, a period of cardio based exercise is necessary.
    • Well known device are Curve, Zerona, I-Lipo and Lipo Angel Plus
  • Radio waves- using radio frequency energy, which is transmitted unto the target area. This method delivers deep-heat to targeted area so the fat will be broken down into liquid which will then absorbed into the body and suctioned out.
    • Well known device are Exilis, Thermage, Endymed, Infini and Tri-pollar
  • Cryolipolysis- (exposure to cold) also knows as fat freezing, this treatment aims to destroy fat cells by exposing it to controlled cooling so the cell will be damaged and die.

    • Well known device is CoolSculpting
  • Ultrasound- works just like low level laser except that it use focused ultrasound waves which acts directly on the localized fat and raise the tissue temperature breaking the membranes of the adipose cells without damaging blood vessels and nerves.

    • Well known device are Liposonix and UltraShape
  • Laser - laser is used to shock the fat cell so that they will be damaged and die, and the body's immune system will clear out the body of those dead fat cells. Laser energy penetrates into the tissue causing damage.
    • .Well known device is SculpSure

Are you tired of trying to eliminate stubborn fats, but is afraid to undergo any surgery?
Are you tired of trying to eliminate stubborn fats, but is afraid to undergo any surgery?

Best Liposuction Alternative

Among the above-mentioned non-invasive method of reducing fats, Sculpsure is rising in popularity. Considered as the world’s first FDA-cleared laser treatment for non-invasive lipolysis of the flanks and abdomen, it is considered as a game changer since it only requires twenty five minutes per session and gives result after one treatment. One of the advantage of Sculpsure is that it has four separate applicator heads allowing you to treat multiple areas at once, unlike other non-surgical procedure.

CoolSculpting on the other hand, freezes unwanted fats using cooling paddle. Both has mild discomfort but is tolerable compared to going under the knife with regular liposuction. However, this procedure may take few treatment so you will get optimum results.

Laser treatment for non-invasive lipolysis

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Is This Procedure Right For You?

Hot off the press, SculpSure is a 25 minute procedure using light-based technology to permanently destroy up to 24% of treated fat in trouble areas such as the abdomen and love handles. This procedure uses laser technology which selectively targets and destroys fat cells below the skin or the dermis without damaging the skin’s surface or surrounding tissue. These damaged fat cells are then naturally absorbed and removed from the body.

Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Liposuction

Surgical Liposuction
Maximum Fat Reduction
1-3 weeks
Moderate to severe
Non-invasive Liposuction
Mimimal (requires several treatment)
Comparison of traditional liposuction procedure with non-invasive methods

What Is Right For Me

Over the past years, nonsurgical procedures have risen more rapidly than surgical ones, it has already grown to 44% increase. Perhaps, there is a need and it is important for consumers to understand the differences of these methods. It basically depends on each individual's need and preference, it is not enough that the basis of our choice lies on the fame of a given method.

There are things that needs to be considered before choosing any method of fat removal, be it surgical or non-surgical method. The initial evaluation is the key to determine the final outcome and ultimately your goals, needs, preference and level of satisfaction.

According to experts, liposuction may be an excellent option for reducing larger deposits of excess fat, but you should not use it for weight loss, it is not a treatment for overweight and obese people. Nonsurgical fat reduction on the other hand, may be a better fit if you are at your ideal weight, and only want to target smaller area of stubborn fats. Consider both the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure before finally deciding which one to choose

Pros And Cons



  • It can remove large fat deposit for good
  • Generally safe and effective
  • Guaranteed results
  • Expected or desired changes are visible after few days


  • Scarring, bruising, swelling and pain
  • Longer recovery period since you need time for healing
  • Possible complications like infections and blood clots
  • Higher cost
  • If you don’t maintain regular exercises and a good diet, the remaining cells of fats from the treated area may actually fill up

Non-Invasive Liposuction


  • No general anaesthesia required
  • Only takes a few minutes for each session
  • Minimal or no scarring and swelling at all


  • Not advisable for large areas of the skin
  • Requires several session before desired result is achieved

Fat Reduction Method

If you were to undergo liposuction, which method do you prefer?

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Important Things You Need to Consider

For non-invasive surgical procedures, it is not viable to expect more than 25% reduction of fat in the trouble area, if your goal is to remove large fat deposits in different areas particularly the abdomen, thigh and legs, traditional liposuction may be a better choice.

Don't give in immediately to extravagant marketing and unrealistic claims of different fat reduction method. There may be claims of guaranteed and desirable results but then again, the effectiveness of the procedure and the results that were achieved are combinations of different factors.

One of the most important thing you need to consider before going through the procedure, it the surgeon that will be performing it. For one, they are in a better position to advise you if liposuction or non-invasive fat removal is fit for you. At the end of the day, it is not the procedure nor the tool that will help you but the surgeon. Consider the following when looking for a surgeon who will be performing the procedure:

  • Education
  • Training
  • Experience in the procedure you want
  • Skill
  • Safety and the operating facility
  • Credentials
  • Aesthetics sensibility

It is essential to know the difference between a certified and responsible provider of aesthetic services offering them safe options for help with their body contour and a poorly trained and inexperienced provider more interested in their wallet than in your outcome and safety. In the final analysis, it is important to find a surgeon that will be able to discuss all your options and will work with you to determine which type of treatments your body needs and will do what he/she feels comfortable to get the results you desire.


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