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Non-Surgical vs Surgical Body Contouring

If you have managed to lose a significant amount of weight, whether through diet and exercise or a surgical procedure such as liposuction or an abdominoplasty, you deserve to be thrilled with the end result.

However, if you are unhappy due to any excess skin, loose tissue or issues with your physical proportions, then body contouring may be the answer.

Such procedures may include:

  • Facelift: Corrects sagging of the mid-face, jowls and neck
  • Breast Lift: Corrects sagging, flattened breasts
  • Abdominoplasty: Removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen
  • Liposuction: Removes stubborn pockets of fat such as love handles or tummy fat

Which Body Contouring Procedure Is Right For Me?

The type of body contouring procedure your plastic surgeon will recommend depends on your aesthetic goals and specific physique.

Traditional surgical body contouring procedures such as liposuction and abdominoplasty are safe and effective in permanently reducing fat and refining body contours.

However, in recent years, non-surgical or minimally invasive alternatives have been gaining popularity. These body contouring treatments typically don’t require an incision or anesthesia and often come with no pain and shorter recovery times.

Read on to learn the difference between the two different fat reduction approaches and learn which one might be right for you.

Surgical Kelowna Body Contouring Procedures

Surgical body contouring is a comprehensive procedure which requires an in-depth consultation prior to determining candidacy & suitability. To find out if you are a candidate, book an appointment with one of our plastic surgeons today.

If surgery is an option, it comes with many benefits including faster results, more significant changes and it can address many areas of concern.

Some of the surgical body contouring procedures available include:

Procedure Why Consider it?
Liposuction: Removes excess fat from a wide variety of areas, including the chin and neck, hips, abdomen, inner and outer thighs, knees and ankles and buttocks.
  • Improves body contour & proportions
  • Removes stubborn pockets of fat resistant to diet & exercise

Abdominoplasty: An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) removes excess abdominal fat and skin. It can also be used to reestablish weakened or separated stomach muscles.

  • Creates a smoother, firmer abdominal profile
  • More defined waistline

Facelift: Removing excess skin around the face or neck after weight loss is similar to a traditional facelift, except that more skin is removed.

  • Restores balance to facial features
  • Creates a firmer, smoother and more refined appearance to the neck and chin

Breast Lift: A mastopexy treats sagging and uneven breasts, decreased breast volume, drooping nipples, and stretched areolas, returning a youthful shape and lift to your breasts

  • Firms and lifts sagging breasts for a more youthful appearance
  • Sometimes breast implants are used to improve size and shape at the same time.


A combination of body contouring surgeries may be done at the same time, as long as it is safe to do so. An upper body lift may include surgeries to the arms, back and breasts/chest while a lower body lift targets the thighs, abdomen and buttocks.


At Kelowna Surgical Centre, an in-depth consultation will determine the exact procedures required to meet your unique aesthetic needs.

Non-Surgical Kelowna Body Contouring Procedures

Non-surgical fat reduction treatments use different methods to target and eliminate unwanted fat cells through a topical, rather than surgical, procedure.

Typically, non-surgical body contouring procedures work best for patients who are at a stable weight and wish to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat.

Some of the non-surgical body contouring procedures include:

Procedure Why Consider it?
SculpSure: SculpSure is an FDA-approved laser treatment for the removal of stubborn fat in areas such as the abdomen and the flanks.
  • Gently removes stubborn areas of fat which are resistant to diet & exercise
  • Encourages the production of collagen and elastin, promoting healthy and youthful tissue growth

Learn more about Kelowna SculpSure

Thermage: Thermage is designed to improve skin laxity to smooth and tighten skin around the eyes, face, back of the hands, stomach etc.

  • Stimulates existing collagen while promoting new collagen growth for smoother, tighter and firmer skin.
  • A single treatment delivers long-lasting, visible results

Learn more about Kelowna Thermage

CoolSculpting: Highly controlled cooling which freezes and eliminates fat cells without damaging the skin.

  • Unwanted fat cells are permanently and safely cleansed from the body naturally.
  • Ideal for the abdomen, thighs and flanks.

Read more: Hot Sculpting vs Cool Sculpting


To get the best possible results from a non-invasive body contouring procedure, contact one of our plastic surgeons today.


Our team is committed to helping you achieve your ideal body shape in a safe and effective way.

To learn more about the benefits, risks and costs of invasive and non-invasive body sculpting procedures, contact our Kelowna Health surgical centre at 250-868-9799 or toll free at 877-505-8895

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