In today’s world, where looks matter as much as anything else, it is a normal wish to put up your best appearance. This is why body contouring procedures are so common. Whether it is liposuction, which has been around for a few decades now or body sculpting, which is relatively new, both find an ever increasing number of people opting for them.
While both liposuction surgery and body sculpting have the same end result as the aim, the actual procedures are very different from each other. Even the results vary, depending on the method opted for. Both options must be discussed with a qualified plastic surgeon, before going for either. When you will visit a specialist, they will explain you the difference between both as well as the pros and cons in details and may also help you decide the one procedure better suited for you. Here, we explain about these procedures in brief and compare them.
Liposuction surgery – This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which entails sucking out the fat from small incisions, much like sucking out a drink using a straw. The qualified professionals use long suction tubes to remove the excess fat. As is obvious, this method is better suited if you want to remove large fat deposits. This procedure, although introduced in the early part of the twentieth century, gained popularity only in the last few decades.
Body sculpting – It is the second and the more recent of the two techniques. The biggest difference between the two is that body sculpting is completely non-invasive. There are typically two types of procedures that are employed in this technique.
Cool body sculpting (Cryolipolysis): Here the fat is actually frozen using extreme cold temperatures.
Hyperthermia: As the name suggests, this is the heating of the fat to melt and remove fat deposits.
The advantage of both these procedures is that since there is no surgery, incision or stitches; there is hardly any downtime and you can get back to normal routine immediately after the procedure. Of course, the flip side being that these are used for smaller deposits of fat or when the area from which the fat removal is required, is less.
Now that we understand what these processes are and why are they different, the next obvious question that comes to mind is, which is better. Which procedure should you ask for when you visit the doctor next time?
The simple answer to the question is, it is up to your plastic surgeon to decide, which will be better for your specific requirement. Of course, it helps to know what are the advantages of each method. So, here is a breakdown of the pros and cons of each.
Benefits of Liposuction:
- Extensive reduction of fat
- Visible difference before and after the procedure
- Can be combined with other surgical procedures to enhance the overall appearance
Disadvantages of Liposuction:
- General risks associated with any medical procedure like infection or side effects
- Need recovery time that may last for some time like 3 – 6 weeks
- Restrictions in movement and interference in daily activities
Benefits of body sculpting:
- It is a completely non-invasive procedure so no incisions required
- Almost no down time, you can resume routine activities immediately after the procedure
- Minimum cost, since it is applicable for relatively smaller areas
- Completely avoids surgery and other associated risks
Disadvantages of body sculpting:
- Results are not as visible as with liposuction
- Needs to be a stand-alone procedure
Having a clear picture of the advantages as well as disadvantages of both the methods of body contouring is very useful when discussing this with your surgeon. This combined with other factors like your age, general health and any medications that you may be taking, helps the surgeons to decide whether you are a good candidate for body contouring.
If your doctor suggests body sculpting, make sure to check with them whether you should go for cool body sculpting or heat based one. Whichever the method that you choose, ensure that your overall goal is clearly discussed and understood by both your surgeon and yourself. This helps to alleviate any fears that you may have and also guides your surgeon during the procedure.