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What is a Non Surgical Tummy Tuck?

A Non Surgical Tummy Tuck, also known as a Non Surgical Abdominoplasty, is an alternative to a surgical Tummy Tuck for tightening the skin and contouring the abdominal area.

This procedure typically uses technologies such as radiofrequency, ultrasound, or laser energy to reduce fat, tighten skin, and encourage collagen production. The result is a firmer, more toned abdomen without the need for incisions or a lengthy recovery period.

Ideal for individuals seeking a less invasive option with minimal downtime, a Tummy Tuck without surgery can effectively address mild to moderate skin laxity and fat accumulation in the belly, hips and back regions.

Results from Non-Surgical Tummy Tuck treatments can vary depending on individual circumstances. It's important to consult trained professionals, such as those at our clinic, before making a decision.

At the Cadogan Clinic, we aim to provide individuals with the treatments they need to reach their desired body goals. We offer a comprehensive aftercare service designed to ensure all patients remain satisfied right up until the very end of their treatment. For more information simply reach out to us via the contact form on our website.


Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Non Surgical Abdominoplasty?

The ideal candidate for a Non Surgical Abdominoplasty is someone seeking to improve the appearance of their abdomen without the downtime and risks associated with surgical procedures. 

This treatment is particularly suited for individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity and fat deposits who wish to achieve a firmer and more contoured abdominal profile.

 

Key criteria for ideal candidates include:

  • Close to Ideal Body Weight: Individuals who are at or near their ideal body weight but struggle with localised fat deposits or slight skin sagging in the abdominal area.
  • Realistic Expectations: Candidates should have realistic expectations about the results of a non-surgical tummy lift. They should understand that results may not be as dramatic as those from surgical abdominoplasty.
  • Good Skin Tone: Those with a moderate degree of skin elasticity tend to respond better to the treatment, as non-surgical methods can tighten skin but cannot remove excess skin.
  • Looking for Non-Invasive Options: Ideal candidates prefer a minimally invasive approach due to the lower risk of complications, no scars and shorter recovery time compared to traditional surgery.

Non Surgical Abdominoplasty is not recommended for individuals with significant abdominal skin laxity or those requiring muscle repair since these conditions typically require surgical intervention for optimal results.

A consultation with one of our expert cosmetic surgeons at Cadogan Clinic is crucial to determine if this approach aligns with your aesthetic goals and circumstances.


What Are the Different Options Available for Non Surgical Abdominoplasty?

Radiofrequency therapy, CoolSculpting, BodyTite, and Morpheus8 are among the Non Surgical Abdominoplasty options. 

Here’s a breakdown of the different non surgery tummy tuck options: 

  • Radiofrequency Therapy: This uses RF energy to heat the skin deeply, encouraging collagen production, which tightens the abdominal skin.
  • CoolSculpting: Also known as fat freezing, this method targets and cools fat cells to the point of destruction, allowing the body to naturally process and eliminate them, leading to fat reduction.
  • High-intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU): This applies focused ultrasound energy to disrupt fat cells and stimulate collagen production, offering both fat reduction and skin tightening benefits.
  • BodyTite: A minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis (RFAL) to melt and remove fat while simultaneously tightening the skin. 
  • Morpheus8: Combines microneedling with radiofrequency energy to remodel and contour the skin and subdermal tissue. Morpheus8 is effective in tightening the skin, reducing fat, and improving skin texture on the abdomen.

Each of these Non Surgical Abdominoplasty options caters to different needs and preferences, offering varying degrees of fat reduction and skin tightening.

For more information about a Non Surgical Tummy Tuck, be sure to consult our specialist clinic via the contact form on our website. A qualified consultant will be happy to discuss your goals and the treatment options available to help you reach them.


Which is Better - Non Surgical or Surgical Fat Removal?

A traditional, surgical Tummy Tuck works by making an incision across the lower tummy, separating the skin and removing excess skin, tightening the underlying muscles, before stitching the area back in place, ensuring the skin is tight. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, designed to allow for a pain-free experience.

Surgical Tummy Tucks are more reliable for delivering effective and long-lasting results for an individual. Removing excess skin and fat within a matter of hours, improving the shape of the tummy area and restoring an individual's confidence.

Although by no means ‘major’ surgery, this is a meaningful procedure and you simply could not expect comparable results via non-surgical alternatives, even if they appeal due to the avoidance of incisions and scarring, and lack of downtime.

Our specialist clinic is here to help answer any questions, queries or concerns you may have. We encourage you to reach out to us and find out more about the solutions we offer, helping you reach your ideal physique quickly and effectively.


When is a Surgical Tummy Tuck More Suitable Than a Non Invasive Tummy Tuck?

A surgical Tummy Tuck is more suitable than a non-invasive Tummy Tuck for those seeking comprehensive abdominal contouring results and for people experiencing discomfort or dysfunction. Our specialist surgeons offer a range of Tummy Tuck options depending on your concerns and will be able to offer you the most suitable treatment including Mini Abdominoplasty or Extended Scar Tummy Tuck.

Key situations where surgical intervention is more suitable than a Tummy Tuck non surgical option:

  • Significant Skin Excess: Individuals with substantial loose or sagging skin, often caused by pregnancy, significant weight loss, or ageing, would benefit more from a surgical tummy tuck. This procedure removes excess skin, which cannot be achieved through non-invasive methods.
  • Muscle Separation: A common condition post-pregnancy is diastasis recti, where the abdominal muscles have separated. A surgical tummy tuck is effective in repairing and tightening these muscles, restoring abdominal integrity and function.
  • Major Contouring Needs: For those seeking dramatic changes in their abdominal profile, including removing larger volumes of fat and significantly tightening the abdominal area, a surgical tummy tuck offers more comprehensive results. This may be the case for men who are looking to enhance a sculpted and muscular abdomen.
  • Desire for Permanent Results: While non-invasive procedures can offer some improvements, the results from a surgical tummy tuck are more significant and long-lasting, especially when accompanied by a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle.

Non Surgical Tummy Tuck, How Long Does it Last?

The results of a Non Surgical Tummy Tuck depend on the specific procedure used. Some treatments provide long-term results as long as you take care of your diet and lifestyle while others may require repeat sessions to maintain the desired result. Your cosmetic surgeon will be able to give you an accurate timeline based on your exact procedure.


How Do You Maintain Your Non Surgical Tummy Lift Results?

You can maintain the results of a Non Surgical Tummy Lift with a combination of healthy lifestyle choices and follow-up treatments when necessary.

Here are key strategies to ensure the longevity of your non-surgical abdominoplasty results:

  • Maintain a Stable Weight: Significant weight fluctuations can alter the results of your non-surgical tummy tuck. Following a balanced diet and engaging in regular exercise helps keep your weight stable and supports muscle tone.
  • Stay Hydrated: Adequate hydration is essential for skin elasticity. Drinking plenty of water can help maintain the firmness and smooth appearance of the skin treated during your non surgical tummy lift.
  • Follow a Healthy Diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains contributes to overall health and can help you maintain your results by preventing weight gain and supporting skin health.
  • Regular Exercise: Incorporating both cardiovascular and strength training exercises into your routine strengthens the core muscles, improving the appearance of your abdomen.
  • Follow-up Treatments: Over time, you may benefit from additional non invasive treatments to enhance or maintain your results. Consult with your practitioner about the best schedule for touch-up sessions.

How Much Does a Non Surgical Tummy Tuck Cost?

A Non Surgical Tummy Tuck cost varies depending on the specific technologies used, the number of sessions required as well as the surgeon's experience and the clinic's location. It is important to consult with a qualified practitioner so that you can get a personalised quote based on your specific procedure.


FAQs

The risks of a Non Surgical Tummy Tuck are minimal compared to surgical alternatives but can include temporary redness, swelling, bruising, and discomfort. 

Yes, most Non Surgical Tummy Tuck procedures, like radiofrequency or CoolSculpting, require multiple sessions to achieve your desired results.

The results of a Non Surgical Belly Tuck are less drastic than Surgical Tummy Tucks. The results can vary depending on the patient’s circumstances and the treatment used. Results from radiofrequency treatments and CoolSculpting typically don’t last long and require frequent repeat treatments. 

As both surgical and non-surgical Tummy Tuck are viewed as cosmetic, they are not treatments that are typically available on the NHS. In instances where a woman has suffered significant muscle damage (resulting in a hernia for example) treatment may be available on the NHS, but it might be limited to treating the single concern, rather than the overall condition of the appearance of the abdomen.


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