Liposuction Alternatives – Non-surgical Body Contouring Options

 In Aesthetics, Blog, Body Contouring, CoolSculpting

Are you looking to contour your body? Have you considered liposuction or any other non-surgical liposuction alternatives?

For a long time, Liposuction was the only option for removing unwanted fat from one’s body. Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed for melting fat, sometimes with a laser, from targeted areas on the body then extracting it using a cannula suction.

Since liposuction is a surgical weight loss procedure, it comes with some drawbacks. Liposuction must be done in a surgical facility and could take up to several hours, depending on how many areas you want to remove fat from. Liposuction can be done using general or local anesthesia. After surgery, it’s common for patients to need someone to drive them home and remain with them until the anesthetic completely wears off.

Downtime post-liposuction can vary. Full recovery can take from a few days to a few weeks. Patients must refrain from exercise and physical activity until cleared by their doctor. It’s also important to mention that the results of liposuction won’t be seen in full for several months after the surgery. 

Liposuction may be an option for those looking to slim down, but it’s no longer the only option. Over the years, many liposuction alternatives have been developed, tested, and proven to reduce body fat and, in some cases, even tone and strengthen muscles in problem areas. 

If you’d rather skip the surgery, there are liposuction alternatives. It’s important to compare certain factors of each option like downtime, potential side effects as well as the procedure itself


Treatment: The purpose of Emsculpt is to reduce fat while also toning the abdomen and gluteal muscles. This procedure is completely non-invasive, targeting specific muscles with electromagnetic waves to burn existing fat while building muscle. Emsculpt sessions last 30 minutes for 4 sessions delivered over a two week period.

Downtime: Since Emsculpt is a short and non-surgical procedure, participants experience no downtime whatsoever. You are encouraged to continue all normal activities.

Side Effects: One Emsculpt session is the equivalent of performing 20,000 crunches so one might experience soreness similar to what you would feel after a great workout.

Results: 4-6 weeks following Emsculpt treatment, you should be able to feel a noticeable change in the treated areas, namely tighter skin and new muscle mass.


Treatment: As far as liposuction alternatives go, Coolsculpting is a great option for reducing fat. This treatment is done with applicators on targeted areas that cool fat cells to freezing temperatures. Over the coming weeks, the body gets rid of the frozen, dead cells naturally.. Coolsculpting sessions last 30 minutes – 1 hour and should be administered within several weeks of each other.

Downtime: Coolsculpting is another non-invasive method to get rid of stubborn fat so there is no downtime after sessions. 

Side Effects: After the procedure, patients have reported temporary, mild side effects such as: skin sensitivity, bruising and discomfort, redness, tingling, and numbness. Normally any side effects will dissipate within a day or two.

Results: You should be able to see Coolsculpting changes in your body as early as 3 weeks after your first session but the most noticeable results will come 1-3 months following treatment.


Treatment: BodyFx™ is a great tool to banish fat and reduce the appearance of cellulite.  This procedure involves using radio frequency energy and negative pressure on targeted areas and their underlying fat. This energy causes the tissue to contract, reducing fat and tightening skin over time. For optimal results, 6-12 BodyFx™sessions are recommended spaced one week apart from each other. 

Downtime: Much like the other liposuction alternatives above, BodyFx™ is a non-surgical procedure that allows you to return to business as usual immediately after treatment.

Side Effects: It’s been reported that BodyFx™ treatments cause minimal swelling and redness just for a few hours after treatment.

Results: You should be able to see tangible results within 2-3 months after your first BodyFx™ procedure.

Liposuction Alternatives at Vive

Vive Aesthetics and Wellness specializes in liposuction alternatives including Emsculpt, Coolsculpting, and BodyFx™. Choosing a body contouring procedure can be overwhelming but don’t have to do it alone! Our experienced staff of estheticians and weight loss specialists can explain our liposuction alternatives and other aesthetic procedures to help you choose the right one for you! If you’ve been struggling to get rid of stubborn areas of fat, don’t wait another day, Contact us to see how we can help you jumpstart your weight loss journey!

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