What is the difference between liposuction and non surgical body sculpting?
Both liposuction and body sculpting are cosmetic procedures that aim to contour the body and remove unwanted fat, but they are not the same thing.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves making small incisions in the skin and using a cannula to suction out fat cells from specific areas of the body. The procedure is typically done under general anesthesia or sedation and can involve some downtime for recovery.
Body sculpting, on the other hand, is a non-surgical treatment that uses various techniques, such as led therapy, radiofrequency and ultrasound cavitation, to eliminate fat cells and contour the body. It is a less invasive option and often requires little or no downtime.
While both procedures can help eliminate unwanted fat, they have different levels of invasiveness and require different recovery times. Liposuction is typically more effective in removing larger amounts of fat and achieving dramatic results, while body sculpting is better suited for smaller areas of fat and for individuals who want a less invasive option.
As someone who has undergone both treatments, I would like to share my experience to help those who are struggling to decide which option is best for them.
The Liposuction Journey
Despite the high cost of liposuction, I was determined to remove my saddle bags, which I referred to as “sausages of fat” under my buttocks. I was unhappy and frustrated with how my trousers fit, and these areas of fat constantly drew my attention whenever I looked in the mirror, regardless of how much weight I lost or how much exercise I did. I had lost confidence in myself and felt uncomfortable walking in front of others, fearing they would comment on the unsightly bulges on the sides of my legs – which had happened before.
During the consultation before the surgery, I was warned that removing too much fat could result in sagging skin, so they could only do what was safe. Despite this, I felt that anything was better than nothing and decided to go ahead. I learned that these areas of stored fat were due to hormones during puberty and were resistant to diet and exercise.
On the day of the surgery, I was excited but scared and questioned if I was making the right decision. At the time, I thought it was, but looking back, I would have answered differently.
After the surgery, my recovery was more difficult than expected. I experienced two weeks of agonizing pain whenever I moved and had to do absolutely nothing, followed by four weeks of no exercise and feeling low. The surgery blues were apparently common, and I had to take two weeks off work and couldn’t drive. Sitting in bed all day was more challenging than I had anticipated.
Once the bruising and swelling subsided, I noticed that the areas were somewhat improved, but not as much as I had hoped. One leg was worse than the other, and the sausages of stored fat were still visible with and without clothes. The skin also had a dimpled appearance, as I had been warned, but I had accepted that this was the best possible outcome.
One reason I decided to invest in body sculpting was because I knew I wasn’t the only one unhappy with the results of liposuction. After conducting extensive research, I opted for a manufacturer with a proven track record in body sculpting. I was among the first to try the machine and underwent weekly treatments on my saddlebags with Holly, our skilled practitioner. To achieve the best possible results, I maintained a healthy diet and did a light 20-minute walk daily. I experienced minimal bruising, and there was no downtime or restrictions, allowing me to go about my day as usual.
After five weeks, I was amazed at the incredible results. The saddlebags had significantly reduced, leaving behind only slight dimpling in the skin. One of the best aspects of body sculpting was that the treatment continued to work for up to three months after each session. I was thrilled to see that not only did the skin dimpling reduce, but the cellulite that I had suffered from for years also disappeared. I had spent thousands of pounds on a painful, downtime-filled surgery when I could have received BBL body sculpting with so many added benefits. While the results weren’t as immediate as surgery, I finally achieved the outcome I had been seeking, thanks to body sculpting.