Summary: It’s been around for a while, so is liposuction still the best way to reduce fat? The answer to that question is going to have a lot of permutations. It will depend largely on your goals and your current body shape. In other words, what’s “best” has little to do with the procedure itself. Rather, it’s about finding the right procedure for the right patient.
Is Liposuction Still the Best Way to Reduce Fat for Most People?
For years, liposuction has been the best and most efficient way to eliminate unwanted fat. But is that still true? Is liposuction still the best way to reduce fat when diet and exercise won’t quite do the trick? It’s a question that we’re asking because there are a few new contenders nipping at liposuction’s heals.
But before we go any further, we should probably make a clarification. There’s no such thing as the “best” way to reduce fat. It’s going to largely depend on who you are and what your goals might be. For example:
- If you haven’t tried diet and exercise yet, that might be the “best” way to lose weight for you
- If you want to eliminate a significant amount of weight, then liposuction is still the best bet
- If you want to achieve very subtle effects, a non surgical weight loss solution might be the way to go
Ultimately, there’s no universal best—only what’s best for you as an individual. So let’s look at some of the options and what the benefits and drawbacks of those options might be. Is liposuction still the best way to reduce fat? Depends on what your goals are.
Setting Weight Loss Goals
The first step in any weight loss journey is usually to set goals for yourself. Now, weight loss goals are going to be different for everybody. It depends on where you and where you want to be. But here’s something most people don’t know about liposuction: usually, patients only get liposuction when they’ve already hit their weight loss goals.
In other words, liposuction tends to work best when you’re a stable weight. There are a whole lot of reasons as to why—most of them have to do with maintaining your results once the procedure is over.
That’s not quite as true with non surgical body contouring treatments, such as Coolsculpting. But that’s most because these non surgical techniques don’t make as much of an impact.
When you’re seeing weight loss goals, you should make sure that:
- Your goals are realistic
- There are no direct obstacles on your way towards reaching those goals
- You have a general plan on how to reach your goals
- In the case that your goals become more challenging, you have a plan B
Usually the Last Part of Your Journey
In any case, body contouring procedures such as Liposuction or Coolsculpting are the last parts of most weight loss journeys. That’s because body contouring is most often employed on what are known as stubborn areas fat—fat that diet and exercise hasn’t been able to deal with.
Each approach has its own benefits:
- With Liposuction patients are able to achieve a significant transformation. The fat that is removed through this procedure is, essentially, gone forever. And modern liposuction techniques allow surgeons a great deal of finesse and control, ensuring that results blend in as seamlessly as possible. In other words, liposuction can generate big results or subtle results. There’s a wide range of flexibility with this procedure.
- With Coolsculpting and other non surgical approaches, you get the benefit of results without the drawback of a recovery period. Indeed, most patients are able to return to normal activities almost right away (though you might want to give it a couple days before vigorous exercise). The downside, of course, is that the results tend to be a little more subtle.
There is No Single Best Treatment
Liposuction and Coolsculpting are wildly different treatments, so it’s hard to compare them even though they do roughly the same thing. One procedure is a minimally invasive surgery. The other is a non surgical technique.
Which one is “best” really depends on the patient and what the patient wants. Liposuction is certainly the more powerful procedure. But sometimes powerful isn’t what’s called for or best for the patient. Sometimes a subtle approach will yield better results.
In any case, the best way to make a decision in terms of which body contouring procedure to talk to your surgeon about which direction might be better for your needs. And, of course, it’s always important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. After all, neither liposuction nor Coolsculpting will actually make you healthier.
Conversations with your surgeon, during a consultation (usually), can help you identify how you want to look and how you’d like to get there. Contact a surgeon to find out, is liposuction still the best way to reduce fat…for you?