10 Myths and Facts About Liposuction
Liposuction is a very frequently performed cosmetic procedure around the world. Therefore, it is surprising to consider the myths about the process. Below mentioned are the most common liposuction myths we hear as cosmetic surgeons.
Myth #1 Liposuction helps in losing weight:
The fact is that liposuction is not meant for weight loss. Most patients lose only about five pounds in total. Instead, this surgery is intended to recontour your body where fat is not reduced with diet and exercise.
Fact: Liposuction is not a weight loss surgery. You will have to change your diet or undergo an actual weight loss surgery. Once you reach the weight you had meant to reach, you can consider liposuction to remove those fat deposits unaffected by exercise.
Myth #2 Fat deposits that have been removed will return after liposuction:
Liposuction is a permanent procedure that means the fat cells that are suctioned out will not grow back.
Fact: There are many cells in our body. Liposuction suctions the fat cells, but there would still be some remaining cells. These cells can expand and grow in size if your calorie intake is high. You can prevent it by maintaining a good exercise regimen and a healthy diet.
Myth #3 Liposuction is only for women:
Many believe liposuction is only for women because it is a cosmetic procedure.
Fact: Liposuction is designed for both men and women. Men are becoming more interested in body contouring using this procedure. Men use this procedure to remove the fat pockets on the thigh, stomach, chest, abdomen, and love handles.
Myth #4 Liposuction is dangerous:
Every surgery has some risk element, but it is not dangerous.
Fact: Liposuction is performed by a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon. The patient is expected to follow all the post-treatment instructions, which will be a safe and successful procedure.
Myth #5 Fat dissolving injection gives similar results as liposuction:
Many people think liposuction and fat dissolving injections are the same and have a similar purpose.
Fact: Liposuction and fat dissolving injections are different and serve different purposes. Liposuction removes the fat cells, and fat dissolving injections break down the fat cells causing lipolysis. These injections are unsafe and not approved by the FDA for use on patients.
Myth #6 Liposuction is an alternate for diet and exercise:
Unfortunately, many think liposuction is an alternative to exercise and diet.
Fact: Diet and exercise have no alternative if you want to stay healthy and lose weight. Surgeons always advise their patients to stabilize their weight with diet and proper exercise before liposuction.
Myth #7 Liposuction can treat cellulite:
Cellulite is an irregular pocket of fat, and liposuction cannot treat cellulite.
Fact: Cellulite occurs when subcutaneous fat pushes the connective tissues beneath the skin, causing bumps or dimples. Liposuction can only remove fatty and soft tissues without affecting other tissues or skin. Hence, the connective tissues of cellulite are unaffected.
Myth #8 It is an easy way out
People believe that liposuction is an easy way out for exercise and weight loss.
Fact: As stated above, liposuction is not a procedure to lose weight. You will have to maintain a proper diet and a healthy lifestyle. Liposuction targets contour and streamlines your body in people who maintain a healthy weight range.
Myth #9 You can continue with your routine right after liposuction:
If you think that you can resume your way right after the surgery, then it’s a myth.
Fact: Liposuction is a surgical procedure that will take time to recover completely to resume your routine. You might have bruising, swelling, and soreness around the treated area. The healing time after this treatment varies from person to person, but you should take a week off to recover and rest.
Myth #10 Liposuction can fix lax skin
Many patients want to opt for liposuction to fix their lax skin.
Fact: Liposuction does not fix lax skin. The appearance of a heavy tummy or double shin can involve sagging skin with excess fat and reduced elasticity. You can opt for some skin tightening treatments instead of liposuction in these cases.
These are the ten myths and facts about liposuction, and we can clearly say that liposuction is not an alternative to diet or exercise. Maintain proper weight and a healthy lifestyle.