Invasive VS Non-invasive Body Procedures for Fat Elimination: What Works For You?

Sporty girl with a slim body standing at the right side and a picture of a fat woman drawn at the left side on a green chalkboard background. Getting rid of a pot belly. Losing weight. Before and after.

If you are looking into medical procedures for losing fat or sculpting, you may have already encountered or heard about invasive and non-invasive procedures. A closer look at these two, will allow you to come to an informed decision as to what may be the best and more appropriate procedure.

This blog post compares invasive versus non-invasive body procedures to fat elimination. We will take a look at both treatments on several categories for you to determine what suits you best. However, it would still be best if you consult your clinic prior to undergoing any treatment


    Both procedures target fat elimination, but they generally differ with their clients. Invasive procedures are best for individuals with higher volumes of fat. This type of procedure is perfect for overweight or obese individuals.

    Non-invasive procedures meanwhile are perfect for clients who have lower BMIs. For those individuals who have a lower volume of fat, but for some reasons find it difficult to eliminate the remaining excess fat, noninvasive procedures are the perfect choice. You may have that one friend who has been working out really hard and has lost so much weight and fat already, but for some reason, cannot completely eliminate those remaining fat around his or her abdomen. Non-invasive procedures are appropriate for this type of case.


    Invasive procedures are surgical by nature, which means that an actual surgery will be conducted. However, noninvasive procedures do not require surgery. It may only be as simple as directing a laser device to the targeted area and allowing the heat from the laser to burn off the excess fat cells.


    Invasive procedures will obviously require either a general or local anesthesia. However, non-invasive procedures do not require such. Some non-invasive procedures may only require the application of a gel prior to the treatment; some, however, do not have any pre-treatment rituals at all.


    A single session of an invasive procedure usually takes around 1-2 hours. Non-invasive procedures usually take 10-25 minutes only.


    An invasive procedure would entail days or even weeks of recovery time and staying away from strenuous activities. It would take quite a time before one can go back to his or her normal routine.

    On the other hand, non-invasive procedures have no recovery time (in general). Most patients can go back to their lifestyles right after the treatment. Some clinics may advise for you to get some rest for a day, but in general, clients can usually go back to normal functioning right after the treatment.


    Non-invasive procedures take around 12 weeks for completed and visible results. But a week or two, noticeable changes can already be observed. Invasive procedures usually take 3-9 months for a client to notice changes, with one year being the approximate completion wherein the client can really see the absolute difference


    Both procedures are actually pricey. But invasive procedures are naturally more expensive than its non-invasive counterparts.

To be guided with coming up with the perfect choice, it would be best to consult your clinic or doctor. Whatever the result is, invasive or non-invasive procedures to fat elimination are a must-try, safe, and proven effective modern means to fat elimination.  After your procedure, consider microdermabrasion to deal with stretch marks that might be left.