Liposuction Alternatives: Hype or Effective?

By Dr. James White

It seems every month a new liposuction alternative emerges promising to deliver results equivalent to those of traditional, tumescent liposuction but with less cost, downtime and risk. Just imagine… with the press of a button or pass of a laser, layers of fat will melt and a slimmer physique will instantly appear. While the promises of such liposuction alternatives are very tempting, do these devices actually deliver results or are they only based upon hype , failing to meet our expectations?


One of the main appeals of non-surgical alternatives are their affordability factor as surgical costs seem to add up quickly. Yet many of these liposuction alternatives can cost up to $500 a session and require as many as 8 sessions in addition to routine maintenance visits. While dependent upon several factors, if you compare the total expense of both surgical and non-surgical procedures, non-surgical alternatives can ultimately cost just as much, if not more, than liposuction surgery. Even more, your results may not meet your expectations.


Because many of these technologies are considerably new to the market, sufficient testing and data may not exist. This equates to a certain level of unpredictability and uncertainty as it pertains to producible results and safety . As a lipo-alternative patient, it is possible to spend just as much as you would on liposuction surgery, but not reap the benefits or results if your treatment proves ineffective.

Recovery and Downtime

The distinct advantage non-surgical liposuction presents is less required downtime, or no downtime, while the typical downtime for liposuction surgery is anywhere from one to three weeks. But one must ask..what good does diminished downtime do if the results simply aren’t evident? While all of this new technology is exciting, it important to note that the only real proven method of instant fat cell removal is liposuction surgery. Therefore, if you are looking for an alternative to liposuction surgery, your best bet is to exhaust all diet and exercise efforts. Hopefully one day a proven and more affordable alternative to liposculpture surgery will find its way to the market. Until then, we will have to slave away in the gym or brave it out for surgery. Unfortunately the old saying seems to remain true- if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. If you would like to schedule a complimentary liposuction consultation, call 423-648-4011.

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