The Common Misconceptions About Liposuction

Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. Despite its popularity, many people still don’t fully understand what the procedure entails, meaning they are left with more misconceptions about liposuction than they are with facts. If you are considering liposuction, then it is important to clear the air of those misconceptions, so you can fully understand what to expect.

Liposuction gets rid of cellulite.

It's not possible for liposuction to treat cellulite because it is not simply poorly-placed pockets of fat. Cellulite is actually caused by subcutaneous fat pushing against connective tissue bands, which then cause deformations in the skin. Since liposuction only removes soft fat tissue, the fat pushing against the fibrous bands is not affected.

Liposuction reduces sagging skin.

Liposuction is only intended to remove fat, not tighten the skin. Sagging skin is caused by loss of elasticity, so some problems areas—like double chins and heavy tummies—may not be completely treated through liposuction. You would want to look at a skin tightening procedure to address sagging skin if liposuction alone cannot fix the area.

Liposuction helps you lose weight.

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Most candidates who are approved for liposuction are within 30 percent of a healthy weight range, which means they don’t lose much fat. Overall, the average weight loss from liposuction is about 2-5 pounds. This is because liposuction is meant to contour the body, not assist in weight loss.

Fat can return after liposuction.

Once fat cells are removed, they do not grow back. However, the fat cells that remain can expand with excessive calorie intake. If you want to maintain your newly shaped body, then your best bet is to eat healthily and stay fit.

Liposuction is the “easy way out.”

This brings us no our next point of contention: liposuction is not an easy way out of weight loss. As mentioned, it is not designed for weight loss nor is it guaranteed that your remaining fat cells will stay the same size. Since liposuction is meant to contour the body and take care of stubborn pockets of fat, it is not an easy route to weight loss or a healthy lifestyle.

Liposuction is meant for women.

In addition to being one of the most popular procedures amongst women, liposuction also happens to be one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for men. The number of men getting liposuction is steadily growing. Most men tend to get liposuction in their abdomen, chest, and love handles.

Liposuction is dangerous.

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with liposuction. However, techniques and procedures have become pretty well-developed, so with the right surgeon, skillset, and training, the risks are minimal. Make sure you consult with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, and you should be in good hands.

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