Five Body Contouring Myths By Michael A. Devlin, MD on March 22, 2023

Woman in a field of flowers tying her shoeBody contouring is a category of cosmetic surgery procedures intended to sculpt and reshape specific body parts. These procedures offer a ton of benefits, but there are also a number of myths and rumors that persist about the procedure. Michael A. Devlin, M.D., and the team at Devlin Cosmetic Surgery offer an extensive list of body contouring procedures that patients of Little Rock, Conway, and Hot Springs, AR can choose to undergo. Prepare for your consultation with us by informing yourself of these five body contouring myths and the truths that lie beneath the surface. You can also read some body contouring FAQs to learn more about the procedure.

Myth #1 - Body Contouring Procedures Are Intended for Extreme Weight Loss

Body contouring procedures aren’t focused on weight loss as the end goal, like gastric bypass surgery and other bariatric surgeries. Instead, the body contouring procedures are focused on tightening up excess skin, removing fat from a specific area, and the overall contouring of your chosen body part. For instance, liposuction can remove fat, but it's not intended as a weight loss procedure for overweight or obese patients looking for a solution to achieve a healthy weight.

Myth #2 - All Body Contouring Procedures Are Surgically Invasive

While there are body contouring procedures that are surgical, such as tummy tuck and liposuction, there are also non-invasive procedures available, like CoolSculpting®. CoolSculpting uses very cold temperatures to target and destroy stubborn fat cells. Patients wary about surgical procedures can still achieve transformative results through non-invasive CoolSculpting. There are also minimally invasive body contouring procedures that use lasers to eliminate fat.

Myth #3 - Results of Body Contouring Are Temporary

This myth can ring true if you stop exercising and maintaining a healthy diet after your procedure. Body contouring procedures aren’t a miracle surgery that eliminates fat in an area forever. Increased fat deposits will build up if your lifestyle and diet are unhealthy. However, the results you achieve from body contouring can be maintained well after your procedure with regular exercise and clean eating habits.

Myth #4 - Body Contouring Can Completely Eliminate Cellulite

Cellulite is a common and harmless condition that creates a dimpled appearance on the skin. As fat deposits build, the connective tissue pulling down between the deposits creates this dimpled appearance. Through fat eliminating body contouring procedures, the appearance of cellulite can be reduced, but the dimpled pattern cannot be fully eliminated. Patients should be wary about undergoing body contouring procedures for the sole benefit of decreasing cellulite because no procedure can completely eradicate the appearance of cellulite on the skin.

Myth #5 - Body Contouring Is Expensive

While body contouring procedures are considered cosmetic, and not covered by health insurance, there are ways to make the procedure you desire more affordable. At Devlin Cosmetic Surgery, we accept monthly financing plans through Advance Care. These financing plans offer low monthly payments with six to 14 months interest free. Meet with Dr. Devlin and our cosmetic surgery team at our Little Rock, Conway, or Hot Springs office to learn more about the body contouring procedures we offer and how financing can help you break past one of the top body contouring myths. Call our office at (501) 227-8811 or contact us online to request a consultation.

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Dr. Devlin is a cosmetic surgeon who provides each of his patients with personalized care and a compassionate approach. He offers a range of procedures in an environment where patients feel safe, comfortable, and heard. He is affiliated with organizations such as the:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (Fellow)
  • American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Arkansas Medical Society
  • Pulaski County Medical Society

To get started on your plastic surgery journey, fill out our form or call (501) 227-8811.


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