Body Sculpting vs Liposuction - Understanding The Difference
Published: June 09, 2018
Cutera Inc

Body Sculpting vs Liposuction: Understanding The Difference

Body Sculpting and Liposuction are the two most popular methods for getting rid of stubborn fat. Which one is right for you?

When it comes to getting rid of stubborn, unwanted fat deposits and re-contouring your figure, body sculpting and liposuction are two of the most effective and popular methods available. They both have the same goal – reshaping and slimming your physique. However, the techniques are very different and their results can also vary. Understanding the difference can help you determine which procedure is best for you.

While non-invasive body sculpting is in line with the growing trend towards non-invasive procedures, liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure that has been performed for almost 40 years. Both are used to target and reduce stubborn fatty tissue and result in circumferential reduction. Here is a breakdown of the pros and cons of each technique.

Body Sculpting

While freezing the fat away might seem more like science fiction than science fact, body sculpting through cryolipolysis (fat freezing) by CoolSculpting or RF Focused Hyperthermia (fat heating) by truSculpt does exactly that. These non-surgical procedures to eliminate fat and reduce circumference are cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). truSculpt is comfortable, has no downtime, and allows you to immediately return to your normal daily activities. It is a safe, effective method for body contouring that consistently results in high patient satisfaction.


Although introduced in France in the 1920s, liposuction did not become popular until the 1980s. It is a surgery that entails anesthesia, cutting, and stitches. The procedure is based on negative pressure, like sucking liquid through a straw. A plastic surgeon makes small incisions and then uses a long suction tool to remove fat from a particular area of your body.

Differences between Body Sculpting and Liposuction

Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S. and body sculpting is seeing the most growth of medical devices on the market. Each of these methods has pros and cons that you should consider when choosing which one is best for you.

Benefits of Body Sculpting

  • Noninvasive procedure
  • Little to no downtime
  • No surgical risks
  • Lower price, depending on amount done
  • Preferred by those who don’t want or can’t have surgery

Disadvantages of Body Sculpting

  • Results are not as dramatic as liposuction

Benefits of Liposuction

  • Aggressive fat reduction
  • More immediate results
  • Possibility of combining surgical procedures

Disadvantages of Liposuction

  • Surgery always carries risks
  • Recovery downtime of a few days
  • Restricted activity for 3-6 weeks
  • Potential for surface irregularities

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