Shapewear or Surgery? When to Choose Liposuction Over Spanx®

Shapewear hanging from the back of a door. Body contouring could be a permanent solution for those tired of investing in shapewear garments.

 

Sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough to slim your body. If you struggle with stubborn bulges that won’t go away, you may rely on shapewear to smooth over trouble areas. But shapewear can only do so much when it comes to contouring the body. And if you’re tired of pulling out the Spanx® for every formal event, you may want to consider liposuction at our Washington, D.C., practice.

Shapewear can seem like a good solution to unwanted curves and bulges—but it’s a temporary answer to a long-term problem. If you have ever felt any of the following, it may be time to choose liposuction over Spanx.

You’re tired of being squeezed and uncomfortable.

Wearing shapewear on a regular basis can feel constricting and uncomfortable. No one wants to be sweaty and itchy throughout the day. Plus, when it becomes a requirement every morning, the task can be tedious and add more time to your routine.

Liposuction, on the other hand, doesn’t require daily upkeep to create noticeable results. No specialized clothing is necessary, and you don’t have to worry about coordinating outfits with your shapewear. You’re free to feel comfortable in whatever clothing you choose, giving you more time in the morning to get ready for your day.

Your shapewear doesn’t do enough shaping.

Shapewear has an unavoidable limitation: it can only push fat around, not permanently remove it. While it gives the temporary illusion of a slimmer body, the benefits disappear as soon as you change clothes at the end of the day.

Liposuction removes your fat tissue, so there is no more pushing and pulling required. Your body shape is noticeably changed, and the results last around the clock. Liposuction can also be used on a variety of body parts that shapewear garments don’t always cover. Treatment can be customized to specifically target your personal problem areas.

You want a long-lasting, permanent solution.

When wearing shapewear, you can feel more confident in the moment. But that confidence is tied to an item, not your actual self-image.

Liposuction permanently removes unwanted fat and changes the contours of your body. You can feel more comfortable in your own skin because of how it actually looks, not because of the products you had to buy. This self-esteem can reflect on other areas of your life—many patients become more interested in fitness and exercise after their liposuction treatment, as they are no longer self-conscious of how they appear in workout clothing.

Overall, liposuction can be an excellent choice for those who feel tired of depending on shapewear. If you want a long-term solution to unwanted bulges and curves, this treatment may suit your needs.

View our before-and-after gallery to see real results from our own liposuction patients. If you would like to learn more about the best liposuction options for you from experienced plastic surgeons in the Washington, D.C., metro area, request a consultation online or call (703) 560-2850 (Annadale, VA) or (301) 652-7700 (Chevy Chase, MD).