All You’ve Wanted to Know About 4D Body Contouring



Magazine covers never cease to feature the latest “secrets” for getting great abs, but they all seem to say the same thing: strength train to build muscle, do cardio to burn fat, and eat a healthy, balanced diet. But what if you are already doing all of those things, yet still lack the six pack to show for it?


Blame genetics. Some of us are prone to store fat on our bellies, which will obscure even nicely toned abs. It’s a problem many of our patients who work hard to look good want to solve, so we’re thrilled to tell you about a lasting solution for getting an attractive six-pack, which we offer right here in Rancho Cucamonga: 4D body sculpting with VASER LipoSelection.


 Here’s what you need to know abou this safe, innovative, and effective body contouring procedure.

What is 4D Body Contouring?

4D body contouring combines advanced technologies to reduce unwanted fat throughout the torso and reveal the muscle tone beneath. First, we use VASER LipoSelection to break down fat deposits and selectively remove them. This ultrasound-assisted liposuction technique is ideal for sculpting the abs because we can remove fat without damaging surrounding tissues. It is similar to our regular VASER Lipo treatment, but for 4D Body Contouring we use specialized cannulae (fat removal instruments) that can reduce fat around the ab muscles with greater precision, allowing us to better sculpt an attractive shape.

4D body contouring doesn’t “create” abs by sculpting your fat; rather, it accentuates or reveals your natural muscle tone by reducing the layer of fat covering your abs in a very specific fashion.


This step can be followed with fat injections to the breasts, buttocks, or other areas. Because VASER LipoSelection removes fat more cleanly compared to older liposuction techniques, it is ideal for purification and re-injection. Fat injections can help us emphasize the chiseled look by accentuating the body’s contours.

What makes 4D body contouring a better option for ab sculpting?

While traditional liposuction can reduce unwanted fat pockets and improve the body’s overall shape, it isn’t precise enough to accentuate muscle tone. 4D body contouring with VASER LipoSelection gives surgeons more precision and control when removing fat.


Of course, the skill of the surgeon performing 4D body contouring is key. This procedure requires specialized training—not every doctor who performs liposuction can do 4D contouring or get great results with it. Choose a cosmetic surgeon who has specific training and experience performing VASER LipoSelection.

What’s the difference between 4D sculpting and “abdominal etching”?

While both have similar goals, 4D sculpting and “abdominal etching” are slightly different in the way they approach fat removal. 4D uses VASER LipoSelection to reduce fat in a way that reveals your natural abdominal definition, while “abdominal etching” involves using liposuction along muscular lines to create the appearance of more defined abs. Thus the latter has a reputation for resulting in “fake” looking abs unless performed by a cosmetic surgeon with exceptional skill.


Simply put, 4D Body Contouring is a more advanced method, so you’ll want a surgeon who has invested in this newer technology and been trained in its use.

Am I a good candidate for 4D sculpting?

4D body contouring is a highly specialized procedure, and patients who have the following qualities will see the best results.

  • You are reasonably fit. As 4D contouring works to reveal a patient’s musculature, the procedure works best for patients who have good muscle tone. You don’t have to be an MMA champion, but it won’t help you get abs if you haven’t put any work into it first. A regular gym routine including core work and cardio should suffice.

  • You have good skin elasticity. The VASER 4D procedure sculpts your shape in detail, but your skin needs to contract well for your results to show optimally.

  • You are within 15 or so pounds of your ideal body weight. 4D body contouring is not a weight loss procedure and will not be effective on overweight patients.

  • You are a non-smoker. Nicotine use increases risk of complications during surgery and slows the healing process, which can negatively impact your results.

What kind of results can I expect?

4D body contouring will not make you significantly thinner. What it will do is help you look better, with more visible and refined muscle definition. Getting believable results—that is, results that don’t look like surgery—depends on having a skilled, highly experienced cosmetic surgeon perform your procedure. When you meet with potential surgeons, ask to see before and after photos of their own previous patients so you can see what each surgeon’s work looks like.

What is the recovery like?

Because VASER LipoSelection leaves nerve, skin and blood vessels largely undisturbed, patients typically enjoy a shorter recovery after 4D body contouring compared to traditional liposuction, with minimal bruising and swelling. Most patients are back to work within the first week and are ready to gradually resume exercise within three to four weeks.


You can help ensure a smooth recovery by wearing compression garments as instructed as well as heeding all pre- and post-op instructions your cosmetic surgeon gives you.

Are the results easy to maintain?

Results of 4D sculpting will last for years as long as you maintain a stable weight and continue with your healthy exercise and eating habits. If you gain weight or lose muscle tone, your sculpted appearance will diminish.


The great thing is that most patients find that this “quick fix” helps them stay committed to their long-term fitness goals. With the results of their hard work now more evident, they have a renewed motivation to stay fit and healthy.


Have more questions about 4D body contouring? Please contact us! Our experienced Rancho Cucamonga cosmetic surgeons are trained in VASER LipoSelection and have performed this advanced procedure for many years. We will be glad to help you understand what you might expect with 4D body contouring at a personal consultation.