Does SculpSure® Give You the Same Results as Liposuction?

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One of the most common cosmetic frustrations that brings both men and women to plastic surgery offices is having excess fat in localized areas of their bodies. These men and women may desire a slimmer, more toned appearance but have found that the natural method of diet and exercise just isn’t working. 

That’s because some fat is resistant to these methods. This stubborn fat remains in the body, no matter what you do…unless you have the help of cosmetic procedures.

Woman admiring her contoured body in the mirror as she wears jeans that are too big for her

While liposuction is one of the most trusted body contouring cosmetic procedures, with over 210,000 liposuction surgeries performed in 2020, many patients are hesitant to undergo a surgical procedure that involves anesthesia, incisions, and recovery time. 

That’s why many men and women consider non-surgical body contouring procedures like SculpSure®. 

But are these non-surgical options as good as liposuction? 

Below, we’ll explore this question along with taking a look at how these procedures are performed.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction surgery is one of the most versatile cosmetic surgical procedures available. That’s because it can be performed as a standalone procedure or as part of other procedures, such as tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty), buttock augmentation (Brazilian Butt Lift), and Mommy Makeover surgery

For liposuction, Dr. Davison or Dr. Pinell will make a small incision in the treatment area. Then, a thin tube called a cannula will be inserted through the incision to loosen the subcutaneous fat

Once the fat is loosened, it is vacuumed/suctioned out of your body through the cannula. And the best part is that these fat cells are gone for good, allowing you to enjoy your trimmed and toned results.

What Is SculpSure®?

SculpSure® is a non-invasive treatment that is designed to get rid of subcutaneous fat in your abdomen and/or love handles with the use of laser energy. 

For your procedure, the SculpSure® applicator will be applied to the skin in the treatment areas. Laser energy is then delivered through the skin to heat and essentially melt the targeted fat cells without affecting any of the surrounding skin or tissue. 

Over the next several weeks, your body will eliminate these destroyed fat cells to leave you with a more toned look and feel. 

The Pros and Cons of Each…


Liposuction is one of the most performed procedures for a reason. The results obtained from liposuction are dramatic. 

However, it is important to understand that this procedure does require surgery (even though it is not the most invasive plastic surgery option), which means that you will be given anesthesia, small incisions will be made, small scars may be left, and downtime will be required.


With SculpSure®, you do not need to worry about surgery, since there are no incisions being made. And because of this, you can enjoy your results with little to no recovery time. This means that you can get back to work and your normal, daily activities in no time. 

However, patients usually require two to four SculpSure® treatment sessions before they see optimal results.  

So, Which Procedure Is Better?

You can achieve a thinner, more contoured aesthetic with both of these procedures, which can make you look more youthful and can improve your confidence and self-esteem. 

After either of these procedures, you can look forward to wearing the clothes you’ve always wanted but never had the figure to wear, and you can find yourself feeling more comfortable in social situations (especially at the beach or pool). 

However, it needs to be understood that while SculpSure® offers stunning results, these results cannot truly match the results that can be achieved with liposuction. And it is because of liposuction’s invasive method that this is the case. 

Before and after showing liposuction results in Washington DC.

Before and after results showing SculpSure in Washington DC.

To see more body contouring transformations, visit our liposuction before and after gallery or our SculpSure® before and after gallery.

Your plastic surgeon is able to remove more fat with liposuction than they are with SculpSure®. And liposuction can be used on numerous areas of the body, where SculpSure® is limited to the midsection.

With that being said, SculpSure® can be the best option for qualifying men and women who are looking for a less extensive procedure to help them look and feel their best.

Ultimately, if you are looking to contour your body with either of these procedures, you need to think about your aesthetic goals and what you feel comfortable having performed. 

At your body contouring consultation, your plastic surgeon will be able to help discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each of these options as they apply directly to you to help you decide which procedure is best for you. 

Interested in Learning More about Body Contouring Procedures in Washington DC?

If you have questions about SculpSure®, liposuction, or any of the other procedures we offer, give DAVinci Plastic Surgery a call at 202-966-9590 or scroll down to fill out our online contact form and schedule your consultation.


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