Top 3 Non-Surgical Body Contouring Methods

by Barb Tate

Top 3 Non-Surgical Body Contouring Methods

Body Contouring, Sculpting, and Shaping are terms used to describe any style of procedure or treatment that effectively reduces inches around areas of the body like the arms, thighs, legs, buttocks, and midsection (treatments like arm lifts, tummy tucks, butt lifts, and liposuction can fall under this categorization). Generally, these reduction methods involve laser fat cell ‘smoothing’ operations, Radio Frequency (RF) energy application, the physical withdrawal of fat deposits with suction devices, or a combination of all. Body Contouring procedures account for some of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the entire world. With all the amazing technological advances in plastic surgery throughout the past decade, body contouring treatments have become highly available, efficient, and diverse. Let’s take a look at some of the most well-received and cutting edge non-invasive procedures out there on the cosmetic surgery landscape.

1. I-Lipo

Diode Lasers

iLipo is a nonsurgical contouring applicator that utilizes a harmless diode laser to permeate through your skin to your fat layers. The treatment does not require anesthesia, needles, suction, or downtime. It is best used in trouble spot areas of the body that are highly resistant. The results of this treatment are comparable to an actual liposuction treatment.

iLipo mimics natural weight loss better than most non-surgical, contouring treatments. Perhaps the biggest perk to the treatment is the laser’s ability to transform your triglycerides into true metabolic energy that is released through cell membranes. Very much the way we actually lose weight, the body burns this lasered, flushed fat. Experience immediate results and no downtime with this powerful treatment.

2. Velashape

Bi-Polar Radio-Frequency Waves, Infrared Energy, Vacuum Massage

VelaShape is an FDA approved, body contouring treatment that uses a special combination of Bi-Polar Radiofrequency (RF) waves, infrared light energy application, and vacuum/mechanical massager to shrink deep fat cells and fat chambers. The infrared light and RF energies stimulate deep tissues, increasing metabolism for stored energy. That energy then reduces the fat deposits all while the vacuum applicator roller smooths the surface of your skin.

VelaShape is a highly touted non-invasive alternative to Liposuction. Patients have compared the treatments to a deep tissue massage It is also capable of treating cellulite as an alternative to Lipodissolve and Mesotherapy treatments. Patients can expect as little as 4 treatments with no downtime.

3. Zerona

Low Level Laser Technologies

Zerona treatments use Low Level Laser Technologies (LLLT) to emulsify fat cells without damaging or burning the skin. This application is considered a photochemical process- as opposed to thermal or ultrasonic methods- that loosens up and diminishes the fat cell membranes. This process scrambles the fat cells walls enough so that their lipid contents are healthily reduced and absorbed by the body.

Zerona uses a low level laser to get the job done. It is typically recommended for treating trouble areas like the buttocks, stomach, thighs, and abdomen that can’t be diminished with conventional dieting and exercise. Zerona patients can potentially shed up to 12 total inches with no downtime from 5-6 treatments.


Liposuction is a popular cosmetic surgery that, just like nonsurgical body contouring treatments, withdraws fat deposits from a wide range of areas on your body. Conversely, the treatment is administered using a suction, or vacuum-like process, where your fat deposits are literally ‘suctioned’ out of small incisions made in your body.

In what may be considered the beginning of nonsurgical body contouring treatments, the growing popularity and effectiveness of liposuction between 1960-1990 led to new tech-assisted procedures using ultra-sound waves and skin tightening applicators just like Velashape and Zephora. The oldest form of liposuction, the ‘Tumescent’ method is still regarded as highly effective and administered across the world.

Due to the invasive nature of liposuction, the recovery time is generally much more extensive and difficult. Patients can expect to feel bruising and discomfort for up to two weeks after their treatments. Also, in contrast to non-surgical body contouring treatments, liposuction typically requires general aesthetic.

Choosing the right body contouring treatment is very important. If you or someone you know is interested in tightening up different parts of their body but have no idea where to start, please contact Plastic Surgery Portal. Schedule a complimentary consultation with a board certified doctor or search for one near you today. Cosmetic surgery can be an intimidating and confusing process! The options you have as a patient are limitless. Discover your perfect body contouring treatment with your perfect board-certified doctor at Plastic Surgery Portal today.

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