Liposuction has become a widely talked about and popular procedure. However, not everyone knows what liposuction actually entails, and there are many misconceptions about what it is used to do. Here are ten common misconceptions about liposuction that can help you better understand the procedure.
Liposuction Is a Weight-Loss Tool
Patients should not turn to liposuction as a weight-loss option. Only concentrated areas of fat deposits will be removed during liposuction. Ideal patients are within 30 percent of a healthy weight before undergoing liposuction and should only expect to lose two to five pounds.
Liposuction Treats Cellulite
Cellulite is the uneven accumulation of fat cells accumulated between the fibrous connective cords that bind the skin to the underlying muscle surface. This collection of fat between the fibrous cord creates a dimpled appearance. Liposuction is designed to remove pockets of fat, not cellulite accumulations.
Liposuction Is Not for “Older” Patients
A predetermined age-limit for liposuction candidates is a misconception. Anyone in good health after a medical examination may safely receive liposuction. Skin quality is one of the primary considerations for a successful liposuction procedure.
Liposuction Is a Dangerous Surgical Procedure
Today’s liposuction procedures and technology have advanced in the hands of experienced and board-certified plastic surgeons. When patients follow post-surgical instructions, complications are minimized and safe as any other surgical procedure.
Liposuction Corrects Lax Skin
In conjunction with liposuction, skin tightening procedures will often significantly improve the deflated or lax appearance to achieve a sculpted look. Your doctor will recommend a post-treatment plan that will help you achieve the desired results.
Liposuction Only Temporarily Removes Fat Deposits
Although liposuction is considered permanent removal of fat cells, remaining fat cells can expand or ‘grow’ if patients do not maintain a proper lifestyle regimen.
Liposuction Is a Quick-Fix, Easy Alternative
Liposuction is not an alternative solution to a committed healthy lifestyle and fitness program. It offers qualifying candidates the ability to remove localized areas of accumulated fat that are difficult to resolve with typical regimens.
There Is No Downtime Needed After Liposuction
Because liposuction is typically performed on an outpatient basis, some may believe it does not require a recovery period. However, even a relatively safe surgical procedure like liposuction requires a bit of downtime for the swelling, bruising, and soreness at and around the treatment areas to subside. Recovery time varies, but be prepared to take at least a week of downtime.
Liposuction Is for Women Only
Women are not the only ones looking to eliminate love handles, belly bulges, double chins, and back fat. According to ASPS statistics, liposuction was one of the top cosmetic surgeries American men received last year.
Liposuction Is the Solution to All Belly Fat Concerns
Liposuction targets fat located above the muscle, which is referred to as subcutaneous fat. Liposuction can not resolve a protruding abdomen due to visceral or intra-abdominal fat around the organs. Visceral fat must be resolved with diet and exercise.
This blog reflects the viewpoints of the author. It may not reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.