Revolutionize Your Silhouette: Surgical and Non-Surgical Body Contouring Options in 2024

Key Takeaways:

Customized Approach: When considering surgical or non-surgical body contouring procedures, finding an experienced surgeon who can create a personalized plan based on individual anatomy and desired aesthetic goals is of utmost importance for successful outcomes.

Patient Criteria and Preparation: Understanding who would most benefit from body contouring procedures is crucial. Patients within 30 percent of their ideal weight who struggle with stubborn fat deposits and loose skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise should be ideal candidates.

2024 Options: There are a variety of different procedures available. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon helps identify which option will best meet the individual needs and goals.

In 2024, you have more options than ever before to create the body of your dreams. Both surgical and non-surgical body contouring procedures now enable you to target stubborn areas of fat, loose skin, or unwanted bulges that diet and exercise cannot resolve. As you consider your options, keep in mind that the most drastic modifications are still achieved in the operating room, but less invasive treatments can produce lovely, albeit subtle, enhancements.

The objective is to select a competent surgeon who can build a personalized strategy based on your anatomy and cosmetic goals. With realistic expectations about each method’s benefits and limitations, you can be confident about the next steps in your body contouring journey. This article will guide you through today’s most effective surgical and non-surgical treatments for transforming your silhouette.

Who Can Benefit from Body Contouring Procedures

Body contouring procedures are often indicated for people who are within 30 percent of their optimum weight and desire to reduce extra fat and skin. Potential patients who have persistent fat and loose skin, which are generally caused by aging or severe weight reduction and do not improve with diet and exercise, can benefit profoundly from body contouring. Body contouring after weight loss is key. Patients should be in generally good health, with no medical disorders that may hinder healing or increase potential risks.

Those with a body mass index over 30 or certain medical conditions like diabetes or heart disease may not be good candidates for surgical body contouring procedures due to higher risks. Ask your surgeon what is a safe BMI for surgery. Pregnant or breastfeeding women are also not candidates for body contouring procedures.

For those who have lost a significant amount of weight, either through bariatric surgery or other means, body contouring is often the final stage of the weight loss journey. Losing weight and keeping it off for at least 6-12 months before body contouring surgery helps ensure weight stabilization and allows the skin to adjust to the loss. This helps the surgeon plan procedures to address specific problem areas and achieve optimal, long-lasting results. Non-surgical options may be better suited during the active weight loss phase.

Body Contouring Surgeries in 2024: Liposuction, Tummy Tucks, and More

In 2024, body contouring procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, continue to be highly sought-after by individuals aiming to enhance their body shape. Let’s analyze the surgical procedures:

During a complimentary plastic surgery consultation, a personalized surgical plan is devised to meet each patient’s unique needs and goals. This plan may encompass a single-stage procedure or a series of treatments spread over several months to ensure optimal healing and results.

Body contouring procedures can include the following:

  • Facelift to address sagging skin on the mid-face, jowls, and neck
  • Breast lift (Mastopexy) to lift and rejuvenate sagging or flattened breasts
  • Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area
  • Thigh Lift to address sagging skin on the inner and outer thighs
  • Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) to tighten and contour the upper arms, often referred to as “bat-wings”
  • Liposuction for targeted removal of excess fatty tissue in specific areas

If you’re looking to enhance your body shape by slimming down areas that are resistant to exercise, liposuction could be the perfect solution for you. Liposuction is a well-established and effective method for permanently removing stubborn fat deposits. Common treatment areas for this cosmetic procedure include the neck (commonly known as a “double chin”), upper arms, abdomen, hips, and thighs.

For those struggling with excess skin or fat in the abdominal area that does not respond to diet or exercise, a tummy tuck Charlotte NC  may be recommended. This procedure involves removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying muscles. Recovery is more intensive but can achieve transformational results.

Body contouring procedures are aimed at removing excess skin and tissue from multiple areas at once, including the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and upper arms. These procedures frequently include a lengthier recovery period, but they can produce significant reductions in measures and a more toned appearance. Keep in mind that a body lift should be conducted when the patient is as close to their ideal weight as possible and has been stable for at least six months.

While surgical body contouring procedures provide the most compelling results, noninvasive body contouring treatments continue to evolve. These non-invasive methods allow people to improve their body shapes without having to undergo surgical treatment, making them perfect for people who are not yet ready for the procedure.

Non-Surgical Body Contouring Treatments: CoolSculpting®

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical fat loss treatment. The FDA cleared it for use to reduce fat in nine areas, including the belly or abdomen, love handles, bra roll, arms, thighs, and even the chin area.

It operates using “cryolipolysis,” basically, your provider attaches a suction applicator wand to the areas where you want to reduce fat. It directs controlled cooling to the area, freezes, crystallizes, and destroys some fat cells without harming other tissues, like skin. Over the next few weeks, the fat cells are released in the body’s normal way. This is why the results from a CoolSculpting procedure take time to show, especially for CoolSculpting for double chin.

Immediately after the treatment, you may experience some temporary side effects. Some of these side effects include bruising, tingling, swelling, redness, sensitive skin in the treatment area, and other similar conditions. If you had your neck targeted for CoolSculpting, your throat might feel like it is full as the muscles and skin around the targeted area react to the treatment.

You will not see results right away. You may experience full results within a month, although it may also take up to three months. Depending on the results, you may decide to come back in for secondary treatments.


CoolTone, unlike CoolSculpting, does not use any kind of freezing at all. It is much different from CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting targets the top layer of fat cells that are blocking out your muscles. CoolTone, on the other hand, uses a process known as magnetic muscle stimulation (or MMS). What this does is send quick bursts of electromagnetic energy into the muscles. This causes the muscles to contract rapidly. If you have ever experienced a random muscle spasm where muscle fibers start to contract without your control this is similar to the experience CoolTone™ provides.

With CoolTone by CoolSculpting, you will tighten and tone targeted muscle fibers. It is important to realize that this will not dramatically increase the size of your muscles. To increase the size of your muscles, you need to damage the muscle fiber and then build the fiber back up with an increase in protein consumption. CoolTone™ instead will strengthen the muscle fibers. So, while you won’t increase the size of the muscles you will tighten and tone the muscles, which improves the physical shape of the targeted muscles.

CoolTone is a good option for when there are areas on your body that you want to tighten and you’re struggling to do this at the gym.

Which Body Contouring Option Is Right for You

The first step is determining your specific body contouring goals and needs. Consider which areas of your body you would like to target for fat reduction or skin tightening. The options available can address concerns from your neck down to your thighs and everywhere in between. We recommend consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your needs and recommend suitable procedures based on factors like your body type, skin elasticity, and amount of fat to be removed.

If you’re ready to take the next step toward achieving your ideal body shape, you can schedule an appointment with us at Charlotte Plastic Surgery today. Our team of experts is here to guide you through the process of both surgical and non-surgical body contouring options.

With the variety of surgical and non-surgical body contouring options available, you can achieve your desired silhouette. By assessing your specific needs, weighing the pros and cons of different options, and consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon, you can develop a customized body contouring plan to revolutionize your silhouette in 2024.