Liposuction has been one of the most requested aesthetic procedures for many years, and board-certified plastic surgeons expect the trend to continue given newer and more advanced options to resolve imperfections.

What is Liposuction without Surgery?

Liposuction is a procedure that involves suctioning of fat from targeted areas of the body. Also called lipoplasty, this procedure uses a cannula under the skin to break up fat. During any non-surgical liposuction procedure, subcutaneous fat is dissolved using non-invasive techniques that may include the application of cold laser technology, radio frequency waves or other ultrasonic methods. These non-invasive procedures are best used on areas that do not respond well to the usual diet and exercise regimen, such as the abdominal area, upper arms, thighs and neck region.

Many technologies that offer liposuction without surgery are FDA approved, and you have likely seen many on television, billboards and online. Your aesthetic plastic surgeon may refer to these procedures by their brand names, such as Liposonix, the ultrasound technology we use in our office, or Coolsculpting, another popular option. Depending on your goals, the entire treatment may require several sessions to achieve the desired reshaping effect. Nonsurgical liposuction is a slower process than surgical liposuction, but the benefits can be significant if you’re a good candidate for the procedure and its performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who is expertly trained in liposuction surgery.

Post-Procedure Expectations for Liposuction Without Surgery

Your plastic surgeon and the support team will explain the process to you prior to the initial treatment. Make sure to discuss concerns you may have at any point during the series of treatments. As with any health-related procedure, you may experience side effects, such as swelling, bruising or low-grade soreness in the treated areas. However, non-invasive liposuction does not require anesthesia, so your downtime from undergoing the procedure is minimal. This means that you will not have to worry about sedation side effects after each treatment.  This is a big part of why so many patients request this procedure.

While responses vary, the consensus is that a measurable reduction in fat is recorded even after your first session. The number of sessions will depend on your body’s reaction to the nonsurgical procedure, the area being treated and the amount of fat you want removed.

If you are considering liposuction without surgery, contact Plastic Surgery Associates in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons in Las Vegas specialize in plastic surgery on the face and breasts and body contouring procedures.