When you’re considering liposuction for the first time, it can be tricky to separate the truth from the myths, particularly as some of the less true statements can sound convincing. Let’s examine eleven myths about liposuction and counter them with some cold, hard facts.
1. Liposuction Is a Weight Loss Aid
Liposuction is not a means of losing weight. You need to do the hard work yourself, rather than simply having the fat removed on demand. Liposuction is most suitable for those who have dieted and exercised their way to an ideal weight, only to find that some areas can’t be shaped as they’d like. Liposuction can contour and sculpt your body after weight loss.
2. Liposuction Is the Answer to Cellulite
As much as you may wish it were true, this is another one of those liposuction myths that circulate online and in conversation. While removing the fat from a certain area may reduce the appearance of cellulite, it won’t actually eliminate it. Your board-certified plastic surgeon may be able to suggest effective treatments for cellulite if you’re particularly concerned about it.
3. Liposuction Is Only for Women
Liposuction is popular with both men and women, and there’s absolutely no reason why it shouldn’t be. Men tend to have different areas of the body they’re concerned about than women, and each liposuction procedure can be customized to meet each person’s specific cosmetic concerns. Many men look to liposuction to treat gynecomastia, or male breasts.
4. The Results of Liposuction Last Forever
While liposuction removes fat and helps to sculpt and shape your figure, it doesn’t prevent you from gaining weight in the future. If you’re committed to maintaining your new physique after liposuction, you may find that the results last long-term, but your own hard work has a lot to do with that.
Treat your liposuction as the perfect opportunity to adopt a healthier lifestyle and you could benefit from the improvements for years to come.
5. Liposuction Doesn’t Count as Plastic Surgery
In short, it does. Liposuction is most certainly a surgical procedure, as your board-certified plastic surgeon will tell you during your initial consultation. If you’re averse to the idea of surgery, there are certain non-surgical body contouring alternatives like CoolSculpting®.
6. You’ll Gain Fat Elsewhere after Liposuction
One of the common myths which can damage the reputation of liposuction and put people off the procedure is the belief that the fat which is removed will simply reappear elsewhere on your body. Fat is stored proportionally across all the fat cells in the body so, if you gain a lot of weight after liposuction, you may notice your shape changing. However, you won’t have one slim body part where liposuction has removed all fat cells – only a portion of the fat cells in a particular area are removed during the procedure.
7. Liposuction Is Painless
This one ties in with myths about liposuction not being surgery. It is surgery and it will be uncomfortable, but it can also provide excellent results and a significant boost to your body confidence and self-esteem. After liposuction, you can expect to be uncomfortable for several days, and you may experience some achiness when moving from a resting position for a few weeks afterwards. As they say, no pain no gain, so the discomfort is the flip side of the improvements liposuction makes possible.
8. There’s an Upper Age Limit on Liposuction
This is entirely untrue. There’s no upper age limit on liposuction, but there are general health requirements which must be met before you are considered suitable for the procedure. Liposuction has been successfully performed on men and women in their 70s and 80s. So if you’re interested in the procedure, consult a board-certified plastic surgeon to assess your suitability and pay no heed to the myths and nay-sayers.
9. The More Fat Removed during Liposuction, the Better
Given that liposuction isn’t a weight loss aid, this myth is blatantly untrue. In fact, it’s almost the polar opposite of the truth. Removing too much fat from a single area during liposuction greatly increases the risks for complications. While it can be tempting to ask your plastic surgeon to remove as much fat as they possibly can, it’s better to limit it to a reasonable level. Normally, fat removal in an outpatient setting is limited to around 5 liters, which equates to approximately 11lb.
10. There’s No Downtime after Liposuction
Some liposuction myths are potentially dangerous and this one falls into that category. As liposuction is a surgical procedure, you need to allow your body time to recover afterwards and must follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions to help things along. These will include taking around 1 week off work and avoiding strenuous exercise for 4 to 6 weeks. Speak to your board-certified plastic surgeon for more specific guidance.
11. You’ll Get the Same Results from Liposuction as a Tummy Tuck
While they can both target the abdomen, liposuction and tummy tucks are two entirely different procedures. In short, liposuction removes stubborn fat to sculpt your figure, while a tummy tuck involves removing excess skin and tightening weakened abdominal muscles. You may need to have both procedures to achieve the results you’re looking for. If you’re interested in liposuction, speak to a board-certified plastic surgeon for advice tailored to your individual circumstances and an assessment of your eligibility.