Butt Implants vs Buttock Reshaping

Butt implants and buttock augmentation are trending procedures in Indianapolis, with more people actively searching for providers who can give them a perkier backside. However, as you search for more reputable information about such procedures, consider how less-invasive procedures that don’t require butt implants can reshape and enhance your derriere. At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana, we offer surgical and non-surgical procedures that can provide buttock reshaping. These treatments use what you already have to your advantage without the need for butt implants for artificial enhancement.

In this article, we will discuss:

Enhance Your Assets Without Butt Implants

There are many reasons why you might want to avoid butt implants and rely on buttock reshaping procedures. First, both surgical liposuction and non-surgical body contouring treatments are safer than general plastic surgery procedures like butt implants. Butt implants require patients to be under general anesthesia, which is an increased surgical safety risk. Secondly, some patients find that their butt implants are too large after surgery. This can make it difficult to find clothing that fits properly as well as general unhappiness with your appearance. Finally, it is generally recommended by plastic surgeons that implants be inspected regularly after placement to ensure they are still intact and not causing harm to the patient’s health. This incurs long-term costs and, if the implants are compromised, they must be removed and/or replaced.

The benefits of forgoing butt implants and relying more on reshaping procedures like those we offer at the LASSI include:

  • safer treatment without using general anesthesia
  • no foreign implanted materials
  • more natural-looking results

Buttock Reshaping with Tumescent Liposuction

Liposuction is surgery. However, with the tumescent procedure, patients are not put under general anesthesia. This improves patient safety dramatically. During tumescent liposuction, tumescent local anesthesia is used to numb the treatment area. After making small incisions, your dermatologic surgeon inserts a cannula to remove unwanted fat.

Liposuction isn’t simply a vacuum to remove fat; it is a contouring procedure that helps reshape areas of the body. In the case of buttocks, removing excess fat surrounding the buttocks helps to naturally enhance your derriere without the need for butt implants. Recovery time is shorter and less intense as well, and the procedure is safer without general anesthesia or a foreign object being implanted into the body.

To visually enhance the buttocks, liposuction can be performed on the flanks (love handles), lower back, and just beneath the buttocks (banana roll). When these three areas are reduced, your backside will appear more prominent. The buttocks themselves may also be reshaped, depending on your needs.

Buttock Reshaping with CoolSculpting

With CoolSculpting, we can do something very similar to what tumescent liposuction accomplishes without any surgery at all. Using an FDA-approved fat freezing technology known as cryolipolysis (which was developed by dermatologists), we can slowly freeze and destroy excess fat beneath your buttocks and love handles. Over time and over a series of non-invasive treatments, body fat disappears to reveal a more contoured area that enhances the size and shape of the buttocks themselves. Again, no butt implants are required and there is zero downtime with CoolSculpting treatments.

By reducing unwanted fat in the banana roll (beneath the buttocks), flanks (love handles) and even the inner and outer thighs, the buttocks can appear more prominent and sculpted without butt implants or any surgery whatsoever.

Z-Wave Cellulite Reduction

In addition to buttock reshaping treatments, we also offer a cellulite reduction procedure called Z-Wave. The buttocks and upper thighs are the areas that most often have visible cellulite. Cellulite is present to some degree in 90 percent of women. With the Z-Wave, we can gently break up the fat pockets that form cellulite to smooth and tone the skin of the upper thighs and buttocks. Combined with a CoolSculpting procedure, Z-Wave can help break up frozen fat cells for faster results as well.

Z-Wave is also used following liposuction once you are fully healed.

What about fat transfers for buttock augmentation?

Many liposuction patients ask about transporting the fat removed during liposuction into the buttocks for natural enhancement without butt implants. However, experience has shown that the results are unpredictable and don’t last. It is for this reason that we do not recommend fat transfers to the buttocks.

What about buttock reduction?

If you have a little too much volume in your backside, we recommend liposuction using tumescent anesthesa for fat reduction and buttock reshaping. CoolSculpting is not approved by the FDA for application directly onto the buttocks; it is approved just beneath the buttocks (banana roll) and the inner and outer thighs, as well as for fat reduction on the abdomen, flanks, and back/bra fat.

What if I want butt implants following my reshaping procedures?

If you still desire an enhancement of your backside following your buttock reshaping procedures, we can recommend a specialist in the area. It is best to choose a surgeon who specializing in buttock augmentations and butt implants for the best results.

What about exercising to enhance by buttock size?

Following your reshaping procedure, exercise can help enhance the gluteal muscles for an enhanced backside without butt implants. We recommend working with a personal trainer to help you achieve the results you’re looking for. It’s also recommend that you exercise regularly following any fat reduction procedure in order to maintain results. While fat cells removed during liposuction or CoolSculpting will not return, remaining fat cells can still expand if you gain weight. Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly to maintain your new sculpted physique.

Note that some exercises can make your derriere shrink in size if you’re burning fat in that area. That is why it’s a good idea to work with a personal trainer to make sure the gluteal muscles are activated for healthy growth.

Do creams or lotions help increase buttock size?

The short answer is no. There are no topical treatments that can help you grow fat or increase muscle mass anywhere in the body. Some of these topical treatments can temporarily firm skin in that area, but that is the most you can expect from these products.

Should I choose liposuction or CoolSculpting for fat reduction and buttock reshaping?

Every patient is different. If your only concern is excess fat beneath the buttocks and/or on the inner and outer thighs, CoolSculpting may work well for you. However, if you require more reshaping on and around the buttocks and even into your lower back for advanced reshaping, liposuction will likely be recommended. There are areas that liposuction can treat better than CoolSculpting can. You can come in for a personalized consultation to find out which procedure will provide you with the best results.

How much do these fat reduction procedures cost?

Tumescent liposuction and CoolSculpting costs vary for a variety of reasons. The amount of fat to be reduced and the number of treatment areas are just two factors in determining the cost of treatment. The best way to understand the cost of your total treatment at the LASSI is to schedule a consultation with our team. Find out which of these two procedures will be best for you and how much each would cost to help you see your desired results.

What about stretch marks on my buttocks and thighs?

If you have stretch marks, Z-Wave is also known to help. However, we also offer laser skin treatments and microneedling. Both of these procedures encourage enhanced production of collagen and elastin to the treatment area, reinforcing stretch marked skin to fade these imperfections over time.

Why Should I Choose the LASSI for Buttock Reshaping and Fat Reduction Procedures?

If you want a natural look without butt implants, the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana is one of your best options for fat reduction and body contouring procedures. The LASSI is owned and operated by board-certified dermatologic surgeon Dr. C. William Hanke, a top liposuction and body contouring expert in Indiana. Dr. Hanke helped pioneer modern-day tumescent liposuction techniques and educates other dermatologic surgeons on this procedure. He is published in peer reviewed journals on the tumescent technique and best practices in fat reduction. This experience, coupled with proven results, makes Dr. Hanke a top pick for patients in Indiana and around the country for tumescent liposuction treatments.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hanke and our team of dermatology and body contouring experts at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana and find out if buttock reshaping without butt implants is right for you.

Body Sculpting in Indianapolis

Non-surgical treatments for body sculpting are everywhere. Treatments for fat reduction, skin tightening, and even cellulite reduction promise results without liposuction. While liposuction can still provide excellent results for many patients, more and more are interested in non-surgical body sculpting treatments. In this article, we’ll explore two different body sculpting treatments we offer in our Indianapolis dermatology and aesthetics practice: CoolSculpting for fat reduction combined with Z-Wave for cellulite removal.

Combination Body Sculpting Procedures at the LASSI

CoolSculpting is the #1 non-surgical fat reduction procedure in the United States. At the LASSI, we provide this treatment for all FDA-approved treatment areas, including the inner and outer thighs and beneath the buttocks (banana rolls). However, many patients who desire fat reduction in the upper legs also want to reduce the appearance of cellulite. As you may have guessed, CoolSculpting does not treat cellulite.

CoolSculpting Body Sculpting for Thighs

*Individual results will vary from person to person.

Enter Z-Wave. This cellulite reduction treatment uses a handheld massage device to gently and comfortably break up pockets of gas and fat strands that cause skin dimpling. In addition to cellulite reduction, Z-Wave can also improve your visible results following a CoolSculpting treatment.

How does this combination body sculpting procedure work?

CoolSculpting freezes fat using cryolipolysis. This kills the excess fat cells without damaging surrounding tissue. Once the fat cells are frozen and break apart, they are absorbed and filtered out through the body’s lymphatic system. Following any CoolSculpting treatment, the area is massaged to help speed up the breakdown of frozen fat cells. This helps improve visible results in the treatment area more quickly.

Adding on the Z-Wave treatment, the handheld pulsing device designed to break up pockets of cellulite can also be used to more effectively break up the frozen fat cells. This provides more precise, faster results. On top of that, the cellulite in that area is also broken up to reveal a smoother skin surface.

Can liposuction treat unwanted fat and cellulite in a single procedure?

z-wave cellulite treatment before and after

*Individual results will vary from person to person.

While liposuction can help improve the appearance of cellulite to a small degree, many patients will still benefit from an additional cellulite treatment following the procedure. This will improve overall body sculpting results. Once you’ve healed, our providers at LASSI Skin can give you a relaxing massage experience with the Z-Wave cellulite reduction device.

Body Sculpting in Indianapolis at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana

Ready to sculpt your way to a new you? Dr. C. William Hanke, board-certified dermatologic surgeon and founder of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana, is a top national and international expert in body sculpting using tumescent liposuction. This makes him and the staff he supervises uniquely qualified to perform non-surgical body sculpting treatments like CoolSculpting and Z-Wave. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how we can help you reduce unwanted body fat and cellulite.


Body Contouring Procedures That Work

Do you dream of flat abs, chiseled arms and glutes to die for? Have you tried everything without success? When diet and exercise simply aren’t enough, you may want to take advantage of body contouring procedures. With so many treatment options available, choosing the right one can be a challenge. It’s hard to know which treatments actually work and which ones are most appropriate for your particular issues.

If this sounds familiar, you’re in the right place. Keep reading to learn more about the most popular body contouring procedures. We’re here to provide you all the information you need and answer the most frequently asked questions.

Body Contouring Procedures in Indianapolis at the LASSI

At the LASSI, we offer cutting-edge body contouring procedures to help you achieve your ideal body image. Our dermatology practice offers tumescent liposuction, CoolSculpting and Kybella to serve a variety of patient needs.

Tumescent Liposuction: An Effective, Safe Liposuction Technique

body contouring procedures include liposuction

Individual results may vary from person to person.

Tumescent liposuction allows you to enjoy all the benefits of traditional liposuction without the risk and expense of general anesthesia. This surgical outpatient procedure is performed with local anesthesia to gently and painlessly remove fat deposits while the patient is awake. The local anesthesia also includes an agent to slow blood flow to eliminate the risk of excessive blood loss during surgery as well. The result is a safer procedure for the patient while giving the surgeon full control over the treatment area.

An advantage of tumescent liposuction is that your dermatologic surgeon can remove large areas of fat during a single treatment. It provides a uniform result with minimal bruising and fewer skin irregularities than are seen with traditional liposuction. Results can be seen soon after treatment and will reach their full potential within six months. If you have a desk job, you can expect to be back to work within a few days. Normal exercise can be resumed in about a week.

CoolSculpting: The Non-Surgical Liposuction Alternative


CoolSculpting is the #1 non-surgical body contouring procedure currently available and is one of our most popular treatments. It uses a cooling system called crylipolysis to freeze and permanently destroy fat cells. The cells are then naturally expelled through the body’s lymphatic system.

CoolSculpting provides long-term results that are noticeable after just a few treatments. Patients experience virtually no downtime since the procedure is completely non-invasive and is performed without needles or surgery.

popular cosmetic treatments include double chin reduction

Individual results may vary from person to person.

Kybella Double Chin Reduction

Having a double chin can do a number on your self-esteem. It is also one of the most difficult areas to modify through diet and exercise. Kybella is an FDA-approved, non-surgical solution for treating a double chin and creating the smooth, youthful jawline that so many men and women desire.

The treatment uses injections to target and break down fat cells. Much like CoolSculpting, the cells are eliminated through the body’s lymphatic system. Results can typically be seen after four to six treatments. You may experience some bruising and discomfort after treatment and should rest for a few days. Other than that, you can expect minimal downtime.

The fat cells are permanently removed, so you can expect your results to last for years.

Body Contouring Procedures FAQ

If you are considering one of the many body contouring procedures available in our Indianapolis dermatology practice, you are likely to feel some uncertainty and have many questions. We’ve gathered the simple answers to some of the most commonly asked questions to put your mind at ease before your consultation. However, we recommend coming in for a full consultation and evaluation by our team so we can answer questions specific to your needs.

Do Non-surgical Body Contouring Procedures Really Work?

Non-surgical body contouring procedures, like CoolSculpting and Kybella, have had extremely positive results. These procedures cause controlled damage to localized areas of fat cells, allowing the body to permanently eliminate them.

The primary downside of nonsurgical treatment is that multiple sessions are often needed to achieve the desired results. Most patients are willing to undertake treatment because the procedure requires no incisions and results in minimal discomfort and downtime.

Which Body Contouring Procedures Are Right for Me?

When choosing the appropriate body contouring procedures, you must consider your individual circumstances and preferences, including:

  • The number of treatment sessions you are willing to undergo
  • Your tolerance for downtime and discomfort
  • The extent of fat removal needed
  • Which procedure would give you the best possible results
  • Your overall health, including allergies, chronic health concerns, and medications

Who Is a Good Candidate for Body Contouring Surgery?

Liposuction might be better for you if you have large areas of fat to be removed. Tumescent liposuction will provide you with more dramatic results, and fewer treatment sessions will be needed. You’ll likely require only one procedure, so if you prefer the “one and done” approach, then tumescent liposuction should be considered.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Non-surgical Body Contouring?

Patients who want liposuction results without the hassle of surgery and the associated downtime are often good candidates for non-surgical body contouring procedures like CoolSculpting and Kybella. As long as you can return for repeated treatments until you get the desired result, you’re likely a great candidate. Some types of body fat, however, can’t be well treated with these procedures. In those cases, we’ll let you know if we recommend liposuction instead of non-surgical options.

Who Shouldn’t Get Body Contouring Procedures?

Both liposuction surgery and non-surgical treatments are recommended for people who are comfortable with their current weight and want to reduce fat in targeted areas. They are not meant to be a substitute for weight loss programs and should not be expected to deliver more than a 25% fat reduction. It’s important to have realistic expectations and understand the anticipated outcome prior to undergoing any cosmetic treatment.

Each of our body contouring procedures have certain contraindications. For example, patients who are allergic to the local anesthetic used in tumescent liposuction should not have that procedure. This is very rare. Furthermore, if you require blood thinning medications, Kybella and liposuction aren’t good options for you. We will determine which treatments aren’t recommended for you during you consultation when we take a full medical history. This maximizes patient safety during treatment and recovery.

Are Body Contouring Results Permanent?

When you lose weight through diet and exercise, your fat cells shrink in size but are not eliminated. If you begin to live an unhealthy lifestyle, they will simply expand again.

Body contouring procedures can bring about more permanent results by actually removing the fat cells from the body. However, you can still gain weight and cause the remaining fat cells to expand, so it’s important to continue to take care of your health.

Why Should I Choose the LASSI for Body Contouring Procedures?

Your body contouring results are greatly dependent on the skills of the professional that you choose. Dermatologic Surgeon Dr. C. William Hanke is a pioneer in tumescent liposuction, contributing to publications and lecturing to other surgeons around the world. He is ranked as one of the Best Doctors in America and is acknowledged as a Top Doc by U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, our practice has an accredited clinical trials facility which participated in the Kybella research trials. When you come to the LASSI, you’re entrusting your results and safety to some of the best providers in Indiana.

How Much Do Body Contouring Procedures Cost?

Many variables affect the cost of body contouring procedures. Some of the primary factors include:

  • Type of procedure
  • Areas being treated
  • Number of treatments required for nonsurgical treatments
  • Amount of fat removed for liposuction
  • Anesthesia costs
  • Necessary recovery time
  • Medication and pain management
  • Experience of the treatment provider
  • Surgical facility fees
  • Geographic location

Beware of facilities that offer extremely low-cost procedures. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. You may find that your initial consultation is provided by a high-pressure salesperson instead of a physician. Corners are likely to be cut when it comes to staffing and facility quality, and your final results may not be what you had hoped.

All medical procedures come with some inherent risks. You can minimize this by ensuring that you only work with a reputable and highly skilled dermatologic surgery practice.

Looking for Body Contouring Procedures in Indianapolis? Look No Further!

The Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana has been the area’s premier dermatology resource since 1997. Our cutting-edge facility includes a world-class dermatology research department. When you choose Dr. Hanke, you are choosing one of the leading surgeons in the dermatological field.

At the LASSI, we understand that choosing between body contouring procedures is a significant decision. We want you to be confident that you have made the best choice possible. If you’re ready to try liposuction, Kybella, or CoolSculpting in Indianapoliscontact us today for a consultation. During your first appointment, we will review your individual circumstances, answer all of your questions, and help you choose the best option for your needs.