Shapewear vs. Surgery: Choosing Between Spanx® & Liposuction

Women in St. Louis who has had liposuction

Unwanted bumps and bulges are a common, persistent problem for many men and women. To smooth and contour their silhouettes, many people turn to items like Spanx® and other compression garments. Although shapewear can be great for fitting into that little black dress or slim slacks, they are often tight, itchy, and uncomfortable. Luckily, there’s a better solution to this problem: liposuction.

Lipo at our St. Louis practice can remove fat for good and give you long-lasting, beautiful results. Wondering if lipo is right for you? Here are a few signs you may be ready for a surgical approach to body contouring.

You hate being dependent on shapewear.

When it comes to temporary contouring, shapewear is a winner. These items are great at holding in rolls or bulges when dressing for a special occasion. However, shapewear only works on specific areas and can often only address the stomach, buttocks, and thighs. You might need to plan your outfit around which types of Spanx you own—which can be a bit sad if you were hoping to wear something unique or different. 

With liposuction, you can wear whatever you wish because problem areas are permanently smaller. And you no longer have to deal with squishing the fatty areas around your body since the procedure removes troublesome fat cells.

You want a long-term fix.

Shapewear works well in the moment, but the results only last as long as you wear the garment. As soon as you peel off the tight, itchy layers, your bulges and problem spots are back. Liposuction provides a long-lasting solution because the fat is gone for good. You can enjoy your new, slimmer look—with or without clothes—as long as you follow a healthy diet and lifestyle.

You want to feel confident in your own skin.

You may look great in the mirror while wearing your shapewear. Sadly, the illusion fades as soon as you take the items off. It’s easy to feel insecure when wearing Spanx because you feel like you’re hiding something. After all, shapewear only conceals the problem spots. It doesn’t actually solve the problem. 

Liposuction gives you a real answer to this problem rather than trying to disguise it. You can feel your best all the time, in any outfit, because you’re no longer hiding anything. Feeling comfortable in your own skin is the best confidence boost you can find. You can truly be yourself and enjoy wearing whatever clothing suits your tastes. 

While shapewear can give a temporary answer, liposuction is a better solution. Browse our before-and-after gallery to see real results from our patients.

If you’re interested in lipo and want to discuss your options with some of the top plastic surgeons in St. Louis, MO, request a consultation online. You can also contact our practice by phone at (636) 530-6161. We’re looking forward to helping you achieve the shape you want!

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