Our bodies go through a tremendous amount of change throughout our lives. Between childbirth, sports, menopause, or simple lifestyle changes like working a day job or increasing exercise, many factors influence the shape and tone of our bodies. And while these changes are a natural part of aging, some people prefer to work with modern surgical technology to rewind the clock and reveal a firmer, younger-looking physique. When it comes to shaping their body, people look to two prominent procedures for results: liposuction and body contouring. This blog will help you discover which one is the best for you.


If your goal is to remove unwanted fat in one go, liposuction may be the right choice. This procedure helps slim and reshape parts of the body by physically removing unwanted fat from the area. The treatment can be used on your thighs, butt, arms, and abdomen—anywhere stubborn fat tends to stick around.

While liposuction is excellent for removing fat, it is not ideal for treating cellulite or excess/sagging skin. It’s also important to note that liposuction is a surgical procedure. That means you will be left with a few small scars on the surface of the skin, and you’ll need some downtime to rest and recover after the surgery.

Non-Surgical Body Contouring

Unlike liposuction, body contouring is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that uses SculpSure, a targeted laser technology that heats up and breaks down fat cells.

By influencing sections of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin, our team can help shape the body using targeted laser energy to heat fat cells under the skin’s surface without affecting the outer layer itself. As a result, the excess fat leaves your body naturally, meaning there’s no recovery time.

Like liposuction, non-surgical body contouring can be used to address unwanted fat on most areas of the body, but with body contouring, optimal results usually require a few courses of treatment.

Which Procedure Is Right For You?

Both procedures effectively address unwanted fat, but they each have tradeoffs. While liposuction is a more “one and done” treatment, it is a cosmetic surgery that comes with inherent risks. We recommend this treatment for:

  • Those who are close to their ideal weight with a little stubborn fat.
  • Those who still have good skin elasticity.

On the other hand, body contouring typically requires more than one treatment, but the treatments are non-invasive, so there’s no downtime and no scars. We recommend this treatment for:

  • Those looking to remove stubborn fat who are not able or interested in a surgical procedure.
  • Those looking to avoid external scarring from fat removal techniques.

Discover a Firmer, Younger-Looking Physique at Bend Plastic Surgery

The best way to determine whether body contouring or liposuction is right for you is to talk with our cosmetic surgeon. At Bend Plastic Surgery, we can help you address any concerns about each procedure and find a treatment plan that caters to your individual needs and aesthetic goals.

Contact us to learn more about these procedures today.