Shapewear vs. Surgery: Choosing Between Spanx® and Liposuction

Woman trying on a dress after undergoing liposuction, and no longer having to wear shape wear.

Shapewear, such as Spanx®, is a popular way to slim the body and minimize bulges. It can smooth out your silhouette and help you feel confident before a big event. Unfortunately, shapewear isn’t always comfortable and convenient, and no one wants to feel itchy while they’re out on the town.

Shapewear is a temporary fix to a persistent problem: unwanted rolls of fat. If you’re interested in a long-term body contouring solution, consider liposuction at our Louisville practice.

Find a Long-Term Fix

Shapewear works well–but only as long as you’re wearing it. Once you take off the garments, your body is back to its previous shape. Items such as Spanx can only push fat around to different areas. You’re not actually removing the fat deposits.

With liposuction, your extra body fat is physically removed, and the cells won’t come back after surgery. You can enjoy having a contoured body with or without clothing. And by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine, your results will stay around for years to come.

Simplify Your Life

Shapewear can feel constricting and itchy, making it uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. No woman enjoys being distracted with uncomfortable pulls and tugs while at a special event. Shapewear can also only address certain body areas—such as the stomach, buttocks, and upper legs—while others are unable to be treated. If you struggle with flabby arms or a double chin, shapewear can’t help you out.

With liposuction, you can treat a variety of problem areas all in a single procedure. You can contour your neck, arms, midsection, and more, allowing you to wear whatever outfits you wish. You no longer have to plan your clothing around what shapewear you need to pair with it. You can have more freedom while dressing and focus on the things that truly matter.

Feel Confident in Your Own Skin

You may feel more confident while wearing Spanx, but that feeling fades as soon as you take it off. When using shapewear, you’re dependent on a clothing item to make you feel confident and beautiful. This can give you an unhealthy self-image and leave you feeling insecure when you’re unable to hide your bulges.

Liposuction can solve the problem instead of masking it. The procedure can significantly change the contours of your body and help you view yourself in a new light. With surgery, you no longer have to rely on remembering your Spanx, and you can instead feel comfortable in your own skin. Because you have a body you’re proud of, you can feel confident no matter the outfit or event.

Liposuction is known for creating noticeable, flattering results. View the before-and-after gallery to see real examples from past patients. If you want to discuss your liposuction options with a board-certified plastic surgeon here in Louisville, request a consultation online or call (502) 899-9979.

About Dr. Bradley Calobrace

M. Bradley Calobrace, MD, FACS is a board-certified, Los Angeles-trained plastic surgeon who established Calobrace Plastic Surgery Center in an effort to bring the latest technology and techniques in plastic surgery to the Louisville area. He has established himself as a leader in cosmetic surgery and received recognition in Louisville Magazine as one of Louisville's "Top Docs" and "Best of Louisville." Dr. Calobrace is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Kentucky Society of Plastic Surgeons, and American College of Surgeons. View all posts by Dr. Bradley Calobrace

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