Summary: While the popularity of body contouring may be on the rise, a wealth of misconceptions still clutter the general public’s knowledge about just what body contouring can and can’t do. Such misconceptions can be harmful, not only because they can cause patients to form unrealistic expectations about their results, but also because they can deter excellent candidates from enjoying the benefits of body contouring. To help set the facts straight, let’s take a closer look at these five major urban legends about body contouring you shouldn’t believe.
1. Liposuction Helps You Lose Weight
One of the most common false beliefs about liposuction is that the procedure helps you lose weight. While liposuction does permanently remove fat cells in the subcutaneous layer to slim down problem spots, most patients only shed a handful of pounds in the process.
Part of the reason you are required to reach your target weight prior to surgery is to pinpoint exactly which areas don’t respond to your weight loss efforts and may benefit from liposuction. However, liposuction is only intended to fine-tune your body shape.
2. Tummy Tucks Make All Your Stretch Marks Go Away
Many people think that tightening your skin makes stretch marks disappear. What they don’t realize is that stretch marks are actually scars on your skin, meaning they won’t vanish with skin tightening and there is little you can do to get rid of them.
Like all scars, stretch marks can fade over time to a point of being barely noticeable, but there are few ways to fully remove stretch marks besides excising the affected skin. Tummy tucks can accomplish this if you have stretch marks in your lower abdomen, since this is usually the area of skin that is removed during abdominoplasty. However, if you have stretch marks in your upper abdomen or elsewhere, they may simply be relocated, not removed.
3. You Can’t Get Pregnant after a Tummy Tuck
One of the most commonly asked tummy tuck questions is whether it’s possible to get pregnant after having the procedure. Since a tummy tuck is solely cosmetic, it should not affect your ability to enjoy future pregnancies.
The reason that most surgeons recommend women to complete their families prior to having a tummy tuck is because some of the results can be reversed by future pregnancies. However, many women remain happy with their tummy tuck results even after becoming pregnant again. As long as you’re willing to take the chance that your results may be affected, there is no reason you can’t have more children after your tummy tuck.
4. Nonsurgical Lipo Alternatives Don’t Work
Some people don’t trust nonsurgical liposuction alternatives to actually produce real results. On one hand, traditional liposuction is still the best way to dramatically shape your contours. However, nonsurgical liposuction alternatives can similarly eliminate fat cells through methods like ultrasonic energy, radiofrequency and infrared waves. These can be excellent body contouring options for individuals who aren’t interested in undergoing surgery or who only need a subtle adjustment. Nonsurgical alternatives can also be used to fine-tune your liposuction results or to improve skin texture.
5. The Tummy Tuck Scar Isn’t Worth It
Finally, many tummy tuck candidates are concerned about the appearance of their surgical scar. However, a tummy tuck scar is almost always hidden well beneath your bikini line, so the vast majority of tummy tuck patients agree that it’s well worth their results.