The author discusses the importance of appropriately assessing an individual’s BMI in relation to assessing suitability for non-surgical body contouring, with a detailed and balanced discussion of non-surgical methods of contouring the abdomen and flanks. Some of the more commonly used devices are explored, including ultrasound (high intensity focused ultrasound technology), ultrasonic cavitation, cryolipolisis, radiofrequency, mesotherapy and low-level light therapy. The strengths and weaknesses of these modalities is supported with literature, where available. The author’s discussion for non-surgical modalities is explored against surgical alternatives, such as liposuction, including suction and ultrasound-assisted liposuction, with an interesting discussion regarding laser lipolysis. This is a detailed account and overview of devices specifically designed for the body and may interest nurses considering the addition of body contouring treatments to their clinic portfolio.