Body Contouring vs Liposuction

by in Body Lab June 30, 2021

Body contouring vs liposuction has been a hot topic lately. Weight loss is a goal for many people, whether for aesthetic reasons or health reasons. Everyone wants a shortcut but its important to understand the difference between weight loss and fat reduction.

Body Contouring Procedures

First, understand that there is a set number of fat cells in your body. When you gain weight, you aren’t growing new fat cells. Rather, the ones you have are expanding. Similarly, when you lose weight, the fat cells shrink. So how do body contouring procedures work?

During body contouring, many of your fat cells are removed or destroyed. Once a fat cell dies, it can never come back. However, the remaining fat cells can still expand or shrink if your weight fluctuates. Body contouring is very useful for removing stubborn fat deposits and sculpting the body.

Weight Loss vs Fat Reduction

While it seems like a quick fix, liposuction and other non-invasive body contouring procedures are not meant for extreme weight loss. It is unsafe to remove too many fat cells from your body at one time. While body contouring does result in some weight loss, it is designed to shape and contour the body. The results of body contouring will be much greater if the patient is closer to their target weight.

body contouring vs liposuction


Lipo has been a popular surgery since the 80s and one of the most sought-after procedure today. During liposuction, an incision is made in the body and fat cells are removed through a small tube called a cannula. This results in permanent fat reduction after just one treatment, but it carries risks. Invasive surgery has health risk. Although liposuction is proven safe, it requires a lengthy recovery period and can be expensive.

Body Contouring Options

There are many body contouring options on the market. CoolSculpting is a popular treatment that uses cryolipolysis to freeze and destroy fat cells without damaging surrounding tissue. Emsculpt NEO is another popular treatment. Unlike CoolSculpting, it destroys fat while simultaneously building muscle. It is also the most effective fat reduction treatment available. Both treatments are non-invasive, so there are no incisions, no scars, and no downtime!

Body Contouring vs Liposuction

If you are looking for a way to get rid of stubborn fat without the downtime and risks of surgery, body contouring is a good option. Contact Reston Dermatology today to learn more about your options.


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