What's a Good Liposuction Alternative?

I am fearful of surgery and lipo. Is there a viable alternative to surgery, or is this the only way to get rid of tough to lose fat pockets?

Doctor Answers 40

Not sure there is any good alternative to liposuction.

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Liposuction in the well selected patient is safe, predictable, with minimal convalescence.  "Alternative" techniques arise from time to time but fade due to their inability to stand up to this very successful procedure.  Endermologie, mesotherapy (lipodissolve), external ultrasonic treatment, and others are the product of snake oil salesman.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Liposuction vs. tummy tuck

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Liposuction means reducing fat underlying the skin with a cannula. Usually, this takes place in local anesthesia and is low risk. A tummy tuck is an operation in general anesthesia and has a much higher risk of complications. In a tummy tuck skin and subcutanous tissue are cut away with a knife. A tummy tuck can be combined with a liposuction.


Liposuktion und tummy tuck - was ist der Unterschied?

Bei einer  Liposuktion wird das überschüssige Fett unter der Haut mit einer feinen Kanüle abgesaugt. Diese Behandlung findet in örtlicher Betäubung statt und hat ein geringes Risiko. Bei einem tummy tuck, einer sog. Bauchdeckenplastik,  werden überschüssige Haut und Fettgewebe mit einem Skalpell herausgeschnitten. Dieser Eingriff erfolgt in Vollnarkose und hat deutlich mehr Risiken. Ein tummy tuck kann mit einer Liposuktion kombiniert werden.

Robert Kasten, MD
Mainz Dermatologic Surgeon

There are no good alternatives to liposuction- only temporary gimmicky ones.

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Liposuction is a dramatic true easy way to remove unwanted fat.  It is easy and done under local anesthesia with 1-2 day recovery time.  Everything else tends to be temporary and gimmicky.  sincerely,

David Hansen,MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Exercise and diet.

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A very reasonable alternative to liposuction is plenty of exercise and a healthy, balanced diet.  You will need to be dedicated to achieve your results.  If you are still unable to achieve your desired appearance following a good trial of diet and exercise, then consider liposuction.  Good luck!

Sanjay Grover, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 239 reviews

No shortcuts to liposuction - yet

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Liposuction, whether with ultrasound-assist, lasers, or traditional methods is a unique operation for removing fat in areas where it is disproportionate, with almost no visible scars. Alternatives such as mesotherapy are highly touted but completely unproven. And don't be fooled by claims such as laser-lipo procedures that claim to be safer and less invasive; really it should be the opposite, since it is liposuction plus laser. However, early data from HIFU (focused ultrasound) shows that it can effective remove fat noninvasively, but that technology is not yet available in the U.S.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Diet Resistant Fat Areas

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If you are at your ideal body weight, liposuction could help you acheive the results that you expect.  Liposuction is not weight reduction, but body contouring.  Discuss your expectations with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (ASPS).  Good communication with your surgeon is the key to obtaining the desired results.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

Alternatives to Liposuction?

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 Liposuction is great for targeting stubborn disproportionate fat that diet and exercise alone while not reduce. While there is really no substitute for well done Liposuction, there is a new non-surgical way to target fat called Liposonix. Liposonix, or high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), recently received FDA approval for non-surgical fat reduction. Liposonix is the first and only non surgical device that I, as a Liposuction specialist, trust to achieve improved body contours non surgically for my patients. While I still feel that non-surgical fat removal is never a replacement for perfectly done surgical liposculpture, it is now an option that I believe is worthwhile for the patient that does not want surgery.

David Amron, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

Lose fat pockets

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Liposuction is the best way and may be the only way - depending on your problem. Options?

Dieting - you lose weight all over. Fat pockets decrease in proportion to the rest of you. You may need to be severely underweight to get rid of them - not good for your health.

Exercise can work. For hips and thighs, it seems to take 3-4 hours a week.ballet, yoga, dance ice skating and advanced modern dance are the best in my experience. It won't work for everyone.

Surgery today - including liposuction - is remarkably safe.  You need an experienced surgeon who either uses local anesthesia only for small areas or general anesthesia in an accredited operation room for large ones. Surgery with intravenous sedation is, today, the least safe to use. Find the right surgeon - and enjoy your result!

Alternative to Liposuction? Sure, there are a couple....

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Diet and exercise are the only tried and true alternatives to liposuction for removal of fat.

Carmen Kavali, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Liposuction Alternatives: Diet & Exercise plus Coolsculpting

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Liposuction is designed to removal fatty areas that does not respond to diet and exercise. The best alternative to liposuction is to maintain a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise and consider Coolsculpting by Zeltiq. When stubborn areas such as love handles and abdomen (tummy) does not respond to diet and exercise, the time honored Liposuction or tummy tuck is not an option for you, consider freezing the fat with Coolsculpting. Cooslculpting is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. There is No cutting, No needles, No injections, No garments, No downtime, and No need for anesthesia.

Liposuction can now be safely performed in the office without the risk of general anesthesia. Choosing the appropriate surgeon is very important. Make sure that your liposuction doctor is not just a cosmetic surgeon. He or she should be a board certified plastic surgeon. Remember, anyone physician can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon. Do your research well.

Stanley Okoro, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 167 reviews

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