Debunking The 6 Most Common Myths About Liposuction
Liposuction is a popular body contouring procedure used to target stubborn fat in areas such as the stomach, thighs, and back. But when you are researching liposuction, it is important to know there are several myths about the procedure. In this article, we debunk some of the most common myths associated with liposuction so you can use the true facts to help you decide whether the procedure is right for you.
1. Liposuction Can Be Used As A Weight Loss Procedure
One of the most common myths about liposuction is that it is a weight loss procedure. Liposuction is intended to target our stubborn, diet and exercise resistant fat, not to be used as an overall weight loss tool. The ideal candidate for a liposuction procedure should already be at their desired weight and be able to maintain that weight consistently. A liposuction procedure can help you achieve a more flattering shape as small pockets of fat are removed, but it will not significantly change the shape of your body.
Liposuction will simply help you correct trouble areas where resistant excess fat exists. In fact, most patients experience only a 2 to 5 lb weight loss as a result of the procedure. If you are looking for a procedure to help you lose weight, there are several weight loss procedures that can help you achieve your goals. Liposuction can then be used as a follow-up to weight loss surgery once you have lost the weight to maximize the results.
2. Liposuction Fat Grows Back
Liposuction permanently suctions out excess fat tissue that will not grow back. However, there will still be remaining fat cells left behind that can grow and expand in the same area you had liposuction performed if you don’t continue to eat a healthy diet and exercise to maintain your weight.
3. Liposuction Will Cure Cellulite
Many people mistakenly believe that liposuction can treat their cellulite. However, cellulite is not just an irregular pocket of fat, rather it is the result of subcutaneous fat that pushes connective tissues lying beneath the skin. Because liposuction only removes the soft, fatty tissue, it does not correct issues in the skin caused by the stretching of connective tissue.
4. Liposuction Will Tighten Loose Skin
As stated in the last myth, liposuction does not target issues related to the skin, but rather only targets excess fatty tissue. However, sometimes the removal of excess fat tissue can leave behind loose, sagging skin. In these cases, it may be best to combine a skin tightening procedure with your liposuction procedure.
5. Liposuction Is Just For Women
Many people think most plastic surgery procedures are designed just for women. However, liposuction can help men flatten stubborn areas of diet and exercise resistant fat just as much as the procedure can help women. In fact, liposuction is one of the most popular procedures requested by men to target excess fat pockets in areas such as their stomach, thighs, chest, and love handles.
6. Liposuction Is Taking The Easy Route
It is important to remember that liposuction is a surgical procedure that will require recovery and post-surgery care. Ideal candidates for liposuction are individuals who have already reached and maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise. Additionally, maintaining the results of your liposuction procedure will require you to continue to maintain your health with a healthy diet and exercise routine.
Dr. Rieger Can Help You Determine Whether Liposuction Is Right For You!
Now that you know the facts about liposuction, if you are still considering liposuction Dr. Rieger at Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery Center can help you determine whether this procedure is right for your goals. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.