Summary: Can you get a non surgical tummy tuck? It seems like a whole bunch of other procedures are offering non surgical options these days. Why shouldn’t a tummy tuck? Part of the answer to that question has to do with how tummy tucks are actually performed and what they accomplish. A non surgical tummy tuck might seem like the logical next step in the field of non-surgical cosmetic procedures, but the reality is a little more complicated.
Can You Get a Non Surgical Tummy Tuck?
Body contouring is an exceptionally effective–and popular–plastic surgery category. Broadly defined, body contouring simply means changing the shape of the body. For most patients, that means slimming the body down via the removal of fat or excess skin. These days, there seem to be a few ways to get rid of fat non surgically. But what about excess skin? Can you get a non surgical tummy tuck, for example?
That’s an interesting question, in large part because you’d figure that a tummy tuck is a prime candidate for a non surgical solution. For all the benefits and fantastic results, there are some significant drawbacks to a surgical tummy tuck. The recovery can be long and uncomfortable.
That’s why a non surgical tummy tuck seems so appealing. You could get the results you want (a flat tummy) without having to go through the uncomfortable bit. And there are plenty of procedures that claim to tighten skin. So could a tummy tuck be done in a non-invasive way? Can you get a non surgical tummy tuck if you know the right procedure to look into?
There is No Non Surgical Tummy Tuck
The fact of the matter is that there really is no non surgical tummy tuck. It doesn’t exist. A non surgical tummy tuck might exist some day, but today is not that day. For now, the only way to get those tummy tuck results is through surgery.
In order to understand why that is, it might be helpful to take a look at what a tummy tuck actually does:
- Remove excess skin: Tummy tuck is usually employed in cases where the patient has a significant amount of excess skin. A tummy tuck can effectively remove this skin and return the abdomen to a slimmer appearance. While there are some skin tightening cosmetic procedures available, there is no way to remove a significant amount of excess skin without surgery. This means that this part of a tummy tuck can only be achieved with surgery.
- Add structure: The second thing that a tummy tuck does is add structure to the abdominal muscles. As you age (especially if you’ve been pregnant), your abdominal muscles can become somewhat lax because they get stretched out and their overall structure starts to break down. A tummy tuck is designed to bring some of that youthful structure back with some well placed sutures. But, again, this is something that can only be accomplished surgically.
Because the basic mechanisms of a tummy tuck need to be performed surgically in order to see any benefits, it’s no surprise that the idea of a non surgical tummy tuck is pretty much busted at this point.
What Can I Do Without Surgery?
However, there are certainly some patients out there who have no appetite for surgery. For whatever reason–whether mental or physiological–they simply wish to avoid surgery at all costs. That’s understandable. It’s not as though surgery is itself a very fun process.
So what options do those surgery-averse patients have? Well, there are some things that can have a minimal effect on the skin–but minimal is sometimes preferential to no effect. A patient who wants to avoid surgery may consider:
- Thermage: This directed energy treatment is designed to tighten the skin. The results will not be anywhere near as pronounced as they would be from a tummy tuck, but some slight skin tightening is all certain patients want, making Thermage a viable option for those patients.
- Coolsculpting: Sometimes patients simply want to eliminate a small amount of excess fat. Coolsculpting is a non surgical, non invasive way to do that. By harnessing the power of cold, Coolsculpting can minimize fat cells and contour stubborn areas of fat. But the results, again, are quite subtle.
Most non invasive approaches will mean minimally visible results. For some patients, that’s perfect. But for other patients, a surgical tummy tuck will be necessary in order to achieve the optimal effects.
What About the Future?
It’s anyone’s guess what future non invasive cosmetic procedures will be able to accomplish. Just as Kybella seems to mitigate fat with a simple injection, maybe excess skin can someday be eliminated with some simple non invasive technique.
But for now, a tummy tuck is still the best way to eliminate excess skin from the abdomen and increase the structure of abdominal muscles. In other words, if excess skin is keeping your from looking slim and fit, a tummy tuck is the plastic surgery procedure you’ll want to look into. Can you get a non surgical tummy tuck? No, not really. Not today anyway.