The Fact and Fiction Behind Liposuction

It might seem kind of odd that we’re still busting liposuction myths in 2018. After all, liposuction is a fairly old procedure. Maybe it seems like we should know everything there is to know about it by now. But new liposuction myths keep cropping up and old ones persist. So it’s a reasonable time to look at these lipo myths and see whether any of them hold water.

It’s 2018, but liposuction myths still persist. That’s why we’re busting liposuction myths today, so you can get a better idea of what this procedure can actually accomplish and what people really use it for. Because there are certainly myths about liposuction–but there are also myths about the patients who undergo the procedure.

Busting Liposuction Myths in 2018

To be sure, this is not meant as a substitute for medical advice. We’re just trying to spread the word about what liposuction is really like. If you’re interested in getting a liposuction procedure yourself, you should definitely talk to a highly qualified plastic surgeon (indeed, we usually tend to recommend board certified plastic surgeons).

But until then, let’s keep busting liposuction myths until we can’t stand it anymore!

Myth #1: I’ll Be Back to Work Tomorrow

Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure. The incision required to successfully perform the procedure is usually only a couple of centimeters long. Because of this, patients sometimes assume that there is virtually no recovery time associated with liposuction. Unfortunately, this just isn’t true.

Most patients will experience several weeks of mild swelling and recovery. As such, most patients will wait at least a week or two before returning to work, and slightly longer before going back to most of their normal activities. The reason for this has to do with all that work liposuction is doing beneath the surface. So you’ll definitely want to speak to your surgeon before deciding to hit the gym!

Myth #2: Liposuction is Easy Weight Loss

Perhaps the most common (and inaccurate) notion about liposuction is that it’s the easy way out when it comes to weight loss. The idea is that people who don’t want to spend time dieting or exercising instead opt for surgery and–viola!–instant weight loss. This is most certainly a myth and does not match the experience of most liposuction patients.

Indeed, the vast majority of lipo patients elect to undergo this procedure only after they have reached an ideal weight. The target of most liposuction procedures is actually stubborn areas of fat that seem immune to diet and exercise. Indeed, liposuction is not a weight loss solution, it’s a body contouring solution. That’s why patients who are already a stable are good candidates for the procedure.

Myth #3: Liposuction Can Do it All

While liposuction is a good body contouring option, it can’t necessarily do it all. That’s why we’re lumping together several myths about what liposuction can accomplish that, well, it really can’t. This procedure is designed to eliminate and contour fat. It’s very, very good at that. But liposuction definitely has its limits. For example:

  • Liposuction cannot eliminate or mitigate any amount of excess skin. This is important to note because often the removal of a large amount of unwanted fat will result in excess skin. That’s why liposuction is often paired with a tummy tuck (or other body “lift” procedure).
  • Liposuction alone cannot eliminate cellulite. That’s because cellulite is caused by connective tissue under the skin–not the fat itself. There are some cases where liposuction might be a viable approach, but you should really consult with a surgeon if it’s right for you.

Myth #4: Fat Comes Back

The final myth we’re going to examine today is the one about fat growing back. There are some notions that if you put on weight again (after getting liposuction), your fat will come back worse than before. I guess this applies the logic of shaving to liposuction. This is a total myth. In fact, the opposite is true.

When you get liposuction, the removal of that fat is effectively permanent. That means that if you happen to gain weight later in life, areas treated via liposuction will not grow anymore fat. That fat will, essentially, be “permanently” gone. This is certainly something to think about when deciding where to target your liposuction procedure–and when in your life you’re deciding to undergo surgery.

Liposuction as Body Contouring

Ultimately, I think it’s most helpful to think of liposuction as a body contouring or body sculpting procedure. That eliminates many of the weight loss myths right off the bat and gives patients a better understanding of what this procedure can accomplish.

Indeed, the more informed and realistic your expectations are, the more likely a liposuction is to leave you feeling satisfied when all is said and done. That’s why we’re busting liposuction myths even though it’s 2018 and some of us (maybe) should know better.

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