Non-Surgical Tummy Tucks

Non-surgical tummy tucks are becoming more popular among people who want a flatter stomach, more firm tummy than a traditional tummy tuck offers, without the lengthy down-time and high cost.

Advances in medical technology have allowed plastic surgeons to develop and fine tune non-invasive cosmetic treatments that are easier to perform without the additional risks of surgery.

Though there are several advantages to choosing this less-evasive, non-surgical tummy tuck, there are also some disadvantages:

Advantages of a non-surgical tummy tuck

You can't discuss the advantages of a non-surgical tummy tuck and not mention price. These increasingly popular nonsurgical tummy tucks range in price from around $1700 to $3200 depending on several factors your plastic surgeon will discuss with you during your initial consultation. This low cost compared to the $5000 to $20,000 cost of a normal tummy tuck or abdominoplasty.

There is also significantly less down time associated with these procedures. Most nonsurgical tummy tucks are performed on an outpatient basis, with very little pain and swelling. Patients can return to work within days versus several weeks with the traditional tummy tuck.

Disadvantages of a non-surgical tummy tuck

The main disadvantages to a nonsurgical tummy tuck are that it is not very effective on patients with excessive belly fat, and it doesn't address loosened abdominal muscles; perhaps stretched out due to weight gain or child birth. It will be between you and your plastic surgeon to determine which procedure will give you the results you desire.

Three Non-surgical Techniques for Tummy Tucks

There are currently three non-surgical techniques in practice today: laser, ultrasonic treatments and injections.

The Laser treatment

The use of lasers to break up fat deposits without the use of surgery is the most popular method of the three when performing a nonsurgical tummy tuck. Medical advances have allowed laser beams to target fat cells without burning or damaging the surrounding healthy tissue.

The Ultrasonic treatment

The second most popular non-surgical treatment is with the use of ultrasonic waves. The patient is injected with a local anesthetic and the Doctor uses ultrasonic waves to gently pulse/vibrate the abdominal area. This pulsing action breaks up the fat cells, which are then absorbed or eliminated naturally by the body. Depending on the amount of fat, several sessions may be required.

The Injection treatment

Injection treatments for nonsurgical tummy tucks are not frequently applied in the United States as this procedure has not yet been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Your plastic surgeon injects a chemical called lecithin around the abdominal area, which breaks down the fat cells, which in turn are eliminated from the body naturally. Though this type of treatment seems effective, it does require several sessions.

Non-surgical tummy tucks

If you seek a Non-surgical tummy tuck, as with any cosmetic surgery procedure, it is recommended to seek the advice of a professionally trained and experienced surgeon. Information provided is for general education about cosmetic surgery procedures only. does not guarantee that it is accurate or complete, and is not responsible for any actions resulting from the use of this information.

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