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Is Ultrashape As Effective As Liposuction Surgery?

There was a story today at AOL saying you get body slimming results with a procedure involving no surgery: ultrashape. Is it recommended as a better alternative then liposuction surgery or not?

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UltraShape versus Liposuction

UltraShape is non-invasive it is a good option for select patients who are adverse to liposuction. UltraShape and liposuction are both body contouring procedures that are recommended for patients who have stable body weight, routinely exercise and are not obese. They are not methods to lose weight. These procedures are strictly designed to contour areas of the body that are resistant to exercise and dieting .Therefore  many patients who consult me are not ideal candidates for either procedure. Liposuction is offered as a first line procedure but if the patient does not have the inclination to have liposuction surgery then UltraShape is the best non-invasive alternative (not substitute) for liposuction because it is non-painful, does not require anesthesia, is customizable to different areas of the body and results are typically seen within a few weeks following treatment.The long term results of either liposuction or UltraShape can only be achieved if the patient stays on a stable diet and regular exercise program otherwise fat will re-accumulate at the same site or other areas of the body. 


Ridgewood Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

UltraShape is not in the same category as liposuction

Ultrashape is a non-invasive method for body contouring and as such should not be considered in the same category as liposuction. Ultrashape is excellent at contouring mild to moderate localized areas of excessive fatty tissue in a pain-free, non-surgical, and zero-downtime manner, but typically requires a series of sessions to achieve the final result. Liposuction has the potential to remove far more fat in a single session but is a surgical procedure with all that entails. Often, the two modalities can both be used in order to maximize the advantages of each. Combination approaches are now becoming standard of care, and expert body shaping clinics should have proficiency in and access to a multitude of different skills and technologies.

Douglas Wu, MD
San Diego Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

UltraShape vs liposuction

UltraShape is a non-invasive fat reduction device that targets and destroys fat cells through targeted pulsed non-thermal ultrasound technology. It is FDA approved and requires no downtime, but 2 - 3 treatments may be necessary for a 25% reduction. Tumescent Liposuction is more invasive, but requires little recovery time, and the results tend to be more dramatic, with approximately 75% of fat reduction seen following a single treatment. Whether UltraShape is a better alternative depends on you and your lifestyle and goals. I recommend visiting a board-certified dermatologist experienced in both tumescent liposuction and UltraShape procedures who can evaluate you in person and discuss both options to find out which is best for your individual case.

Kimberly Butterwick, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Different procedures - similar mission to melt fat


Liposuction is very different from Ultrashape.

The main difference is that Liposuction is a surgical procedures that in one procedures removes bulk fat from various areas of the body to contour and shape.  This is a one time procedures - there is a 2-3 week recovery time, and final results are visible within 6 months.

UltraShape is a non-surgical alternative to liposcution that gives similar but more natural results.  We say more natural because the way the fat melts away over 1-2months is more similar to natural weight loss and appears similar.  This makes it a great alternative for those patients who are not interested in a big surgical procedure, but still want to remove visible fat deposits.

We hope that helps answer your question.

Thank you,

Dennis Gross, MD
New York Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

UltraShape vs Liposuction

UltraShape is a painless and safe treatment option for patients who wish to avoid any type of surgical procedure to improve their shape by reducing areas of bulging fat.  Typically three treatments are required a week or two apart and there is no downtime.  It is more comfortable than most of the other non surgical treatments for fat reshaping and reduction including the Freezing technique.

Victor Michalak, MD
Issaquah Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

UltraShape non-surgical removal of fat

UltraShape body contour is the best option for non-surgical removal of stubborn fat deposits in patients who are of normal weight.  It is not for weight loss.  There is no downtime and it is perfect for individuals who do not want liposuction surgery.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Ultrashape vs Lipo

Ultrashape is a non-surgical treatment with minimal discomfort and practically no down time. It however is not as effective as liposuction and requires a series of treatments. For smaller isolated areas of excess fat it is worth a try for most. 

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

UltraShape vs Liposuction

UltraShape is a noninvasive treatment to selectively destroy fat cells. Whereas, liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat cells.  For patients whom are not candidates for surgery or do not desire surgery, UltraShape is an excellent option.

Craig Mezrow, MS, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews


Ultrashape is a technology employing external ultrasound to perform fat reduction in the subcutaneous plane.  It is not a complete substitute for liposuction because it can not reduce as much as can be removed with surgery.  Besides, it it not yet available in the US.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

You won't get the same result from UltraShape.

Unfortunately, this mini procedure gives mini results. If you have more than a very small amount of fat, you will get much better results with liposuction. This is why liposuction is one of the most performed operations in the U.S. The fat cells are removed and won't come back. The discomfort of liposuction is minimal and our patients return to work in 4 days.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

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