Debunking Common Myths about Liposuction

Liposuction is consistently the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the US among both men and women. Patients love having the ability to create a trimmer, healthier-looking body contour by removing excess fat from areas like the abdomen, thighs, back, or elsewhere. Though despite its immense popularity, there are still a lot of patients that don’t know about liposuction and the benefits it is able to provide. That’s why I am writing to debunk a few of the more common misconceptions about liposuction.

Debunking Common Myths about LiposuctionMyth #1: Liposuction Can Help You Lose a Large Amount of Weight

Unfortunately this is not true. It’s important to remember that liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure. While it’s true that excess fat is removed during liposuction, the number of pounds of fat that can be removed safely from the body is relatively small and fatty tissue does not weigh that much. I recommend that my patients reach their goal weight before undergoing liposuction.

Myth #2: Liposuction Will Keep Fat Away Forever

Liposuction results are meant to last for a considerable amount of time, but that doesn’t mean that treated areas will remain fat-free forever. Though lipo is able to reduce the number of fat cells in a specific area of the body, some cells will remain intact. Any remaining fat cells can expand and contract, leading to more body fat. Certain changes in the body from pregnancy, weight gain, or aging can alter a patient’s results.

Myth #3: Liposuction Will Help Get Rid of Cellulite

Despite what many people believe, liposuction is not intended to treat cellulite. Cellulite is caused by damaged fatty tissue that accumulates below the surface of the skin pushing through the connective tissue. Liposuction can sometimes reduce the appearance of cellulite by removing fat and slightly smoothing a specific area, but this is not always the case. I personally recommend Cellulaze™ Cellulite Treatment for patients who want to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Due to its effectiveness and versatility, it’s no surprise to me that liposuction becomes more and more in-demand every year. Hopefully by elaborating on what it can do (and what it cannot do) patients will have a better idea of whether or not liposuction is the right procedure to help achieve their unique aesthetic goals. Non-invasive treatments like SculpSure® Nonsurgical Fat Reduction may be preferable for certain patients. If you would like to learn more about liposuction, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today to schedule your complimentary plastic surgery consultation. You can also follow along with us at Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for more tips, news, photos, and more.