Body Contouring: When Diet & Exercise Only Go So Far

Evolus Digital
Apr 13, 2020 · 3 min read

Lumps, rolls, love handles, bat wings, and muffin tops…no, this isn’t the opening of a Dr. Seuss book or the name of the new Muppet. (Whoever came up with those pet names clearly wasn’t too familiar with the real thing.)

These are just a few examples of stubborn fat areas that can be unresponsive to dietary changes and exercise, and improved by body contouring treatments that target the fat cells at the source.

Thanks to the latest technology and scientific advances in body contouring, there are several options beyond traditional plastic surgery. So, what are the different types of body contouring treatments, and how do they work?

Liposuction: The Well-Known Surgical Option

First things first, let’s clarify — liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. It’s a body contouring procedure that removes extra fat from the body. It’s not designed to change a person’s actual size, but rather to give them a different shape.

Liposuction provides a smoother look by removing fat cells from targeted areas of the body.

Is liposuction safe? As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks and not everyone is a good candidate. We always recommend talking to your doctor to see if this procedure could be right for you.

Not a good candidate for liposuction? There are plenty of other non-surgical, less invasive body contouring treatments out there. Talk to your physician to explore your options!

Body Sculpting: Non-surgical & Less Invasive

If you’re looking for something less invasive, non-surgical body contouring treatments could be a good option to explore. These treatments target and destroy fat cells without surgery.

There are cold options that freeze fat cells — like CoolSculpting® — or heated options such as SculpSure, UltraShape, TruSculpt and Vanquish that utilize ultrasound or radiofrequency to break down and destroy fat cells.

What Are the Differences?

While plastic surgery will always yield the most dramatic results (liposuction gets rid of about ten times the amount of fat), non-surgical body sculpting treatments can still be incredibly effective. Non-surgical treatments specifically go after what is known as cutaneous fat, or the amount of fat you can pinch.

Another major difference is, of course, in the amount of downtime. With a procedure like liposuction, full recovery can take between 1–2 weeks, while if you opt for a non-surgical option you’re back on your feet as soon as the 30–60 minute appointment is over.

As always, we recommend booking a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist to help determine which option is best for your goals!

Need to find a provider near you? We can help with that — check out our database of specialists in your area!

At Evolus, our goal as a performance beauty company is to use scientific advances to create FDA-approved products that hold their own just as well in unfiltered reality as they do on social media. Learn more about our specialists and the other treatments they offer at!

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