Liposuction for Waist Contouring

by | Apr 29, 2021

A slim waist is a desirable feminine characteristic that many women crave. While exercise and diet may help, they do not always work. Many women simply do not have the time to stick to a comprehensive workout regimen or diet plan, while others do not attain a significant benefit due to their body type. Plastic surgery is often an excellent path to complete the dots and achieve the aesthetic results that you desire. Liposuction is arguably the number one body contouring procedure for people who are looking for a slim and narrow waistline. Through this cosmetic treatment, plastic surgeons are able to remove stubborn pockets of fat from different parts of the body including the flanks, abdomen, thighs, and back.

How Does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgery that is designed to get rid of pockets of stubborn fat. You may be a good candidate for this treatment if you have firm, elastic skin, do not smoke, and are within 30% of your ideal weight. Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that may be completed in your surgeon’s in-office operating room or any accredited surgical facility. The surgeon will start by marking areas where excess fat needs to be removed. An anesthesiologist will then sedate you to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the treatment. The surgeon will create tiny incisions in the treatment area and use a special device known as a cannula to extract excess fat. The amount of fat to be removed during the liposuction surgery will be determined by the goals of the surgery. Once the treatment is complete, a special compression garment will be wrapped around the treatment area and you’ll be observed for a while before you are allowed to go home to continue with recovery.

Liposuction vs Exercise and Diet for Waist Narrowing

Many women who have been trying to achieve a narrower waist wonder whether it is time to ditch exercise and diet and turn to plastic surgery. It all depends on what is working for you, and what you are comfortable with. If you are getting some type of results from exercise and dieting, your surgeon may recommend that you maintain this course of action. Patients who do not get much benefit from workouts and dieting – and are within 30% of their ideal weight – may be best served by liposuction cosmetic surgery.

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck For a Slimmer Waist

Both liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) are body contouring procedures that address the midsection area. You may be confused as to what treatment will yield the most benefits. Liposuction exclusively removes excess fat in patients who have good skin elasticity. It can target the abdomen, flanks, or the entire midsection area. A tummy tuck – on the other hand – is designed to remove excess skin as well as support weakened abdominal muscles in order to achieve a tighter and flatter abdominal contour. Some specialized types of abdominoplasty may address the entire waistline to achieve an attractive hourglass silhouette.

Liposuction vs Waist Training

Waist training is an increasingly popular trend among women who aren’t naturally gifted with a curvy body and slimmer waistline. This method – which was recently popularized by Hollywood celebrities such as Kim Kardashian – entails wearing a special corset-like garment for up to 4 hours daily. The garment works by cinching at the waist, helping shrink it over time. Waist training derives its inspiration from the corsets that were traditionally worn by women hundreds of years ago. While many women argue that they attain a smaller waist after waist training, this may only be a temporary result. There is no medical basis for why waist training should work. Furthermore, you’ll need to wear the waist training garment for about 4-8 hours daily in order to get any noticeable effect. Choosing a garment that is either too tight or the wrong size could be very dangerous because it can affect your organs, crush your ribs, make it harder to breath, and even cause acid reflux.

Liposuction cosmetic surgery works by removing unwanted fat volume from the areas around the waist (abdomen, flanks, thighs, back, etc.). This is a medically proven treatment that is also one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world. According to the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons), lipo was the second most popular cosmetic surgery after breast augmentation. There were more than 265,000 of these procedures performed in the US alone. Furthermore, according to Real Patient Ratings, more than 90% of the patients who had liposuction treatment were satisfied with the outcome of the treatment. Another major advantage of liposuction compared to waist training is that you only need to undergo one treatment to achieve the results you desire, instead of having to wear a garment that may be uncomfortable on a daily basis.


There are many situations where liposuction is the go-to treatment for that desirable, sexy, and slim waistline. It may not matter what age you are. Think about your circumstances and what works best for you. If you decide to move forward with this procedure, keep in mind to work with a highly experienced plastic surgeon who has a track record of success with past patients. 

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.