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?

Doctor Answers 17

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.


Toronto Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Ultrashape Works!

I always start off by telling my patients that ultrashape is NOT a replacement for surgical liposuction. Liposuction will almost likely provide the best results, however the bottom line is that it is invasive and surgical. There is a high risk of infection, complications and the possibility of uneven fat removal which can leave you looking distorted. Having had the machine for almost 2 years, I can honestly say that Ultrashape is extremely effective and my patients have seen an overall range of 0.75-4.5 inches in abdominal fat reduction. It can be sued for thighs, love handles, abdominal pooches, arm fat, bra fat, knee fat etc... The good news about this procedure is that patients can see immediate results although it is recommended that the patient do three treatments spaced two weeks apart. The ultimate results are seen at the end of the three treatments but additional improvement can be seen up to 10 weeks. There is no discomfort at all and no side effects. Even better there is no downtime. It is much more effective and has a better side effect profile than coolsculpting. 

Stacy Chimento, MD
Miami Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Different procedures - similar mission to melt fat

Hi,

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
4.4 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

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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
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Ultrashape is not as effective as Liposuction

As the other doctors have mentioned, liposuction is much more effective at removing fat.  Ultrashape is effective however in removing some fat and contouring the body and is great for those patients who do not want surgery or do not have enough fat for surgery.

Lorrie Klein, MD
Laguna Niguel Dermatologic Surgeon
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UltraShape vs. Lipo

Yes! UltraShape can be just as effective as liposuction.  However, UltraShape has so many added benefits.

Since the fat cell disruption is done by mechanical vibration, there is no heat involved and no discomfort. Since there is no thermal damage (either heating or freezing), there is no swelling or inflammation after the treatment.


The destroyed fat cells are removed by the lymphatic system, which means that for some patients, who have a well-hydrated lymphatic system, they can see immediate body contouring results (up to inches) at the conclusion of the treatment.

This is why I advise my patients to drink a gallon of water a day in the month leading up to their procedure.

Rina Shinn, MD
Pueblo General Surgeon
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

UltraShape vs. Liposuction

UltraShape is a non-invasive treatment, while liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure, so you can't really compare the two.  It also depends on how much fat you are looking to get rid of - not everyone will be a good candidate for either service and it's best to have a consultation to deem which is right for you.

Thank you,

Dr. Zena Gabriel

Zena Gabriel, MD, FAAD
Newport Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

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 28 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 9 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
4.9 out of 5 stars 125 reviews

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