Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. Each year, the procedure helps hundreds of thousands of people enhance their bodies by creating a tighter, smoother contour.
Many people view liposuction as a quick and easy way to shed unwanted fat. While the procedure does remove stubborn fat cells, there are several myths and misconceptions about what liposuction does and the results it delivers.
Below, the team at the Seduction Cosmetic Center debunks five of the most common myths about liposuction.
Myth 1: Liposuction Is a Weight Loss Strategy
As previously noted, liposuction does remove fat cells from specific areas of the body, most often around the hips, thighs, back, upper arms and abdomen. But this is for contouring purposes. Liposuction is not a weight loss strategy.
After having liposuction, most patients lose only two to five pounds, and they are expected to be within 10 to 15 pounds of their goal weight before having the procedure.
Myth 2: Liposuction Is a Treatment for Cellulite and Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are long, thin lines that often appear on the skin’s surface after a period of intense growth, such as pregnancy, puberty or significant weight gain.
Cellulite is another type of skin condition. It occurs when subcutaneous fat protrudes through the intersection of the hypodermis and dermis skin layers, creating lumps and dimples in the skin. Cellulite is not just an irregular fat pocket, however.
Liposuction smoothes and contours the body by removing fat cells. But since it does not affect the skin tissue directly, it is not an effective means of reducing the appearance of stretch marks or cellulite.
Myth 3: Liposuction Requires a Lot of Downtime
Liposuction is a surgical procedure so it does involve a recovery period, but it’s generally not that long or difficult.
Most patients find their pain and discomfort to be minimal. Some bruising and soreness are to be expected, and patients may need to wear a compression garment to manage swelling for a couple of months.
But many people can return to work and resume most of their usual routine within three to seven days, although they should still refrain from heavy lifting and rigorous activities.
Myth 4: Men Never Get Liposuction
Some people believe only women seek liposuction treatments. But this isn’t the case. Men also get liposuction to improve their body contour, often concentrating on the chest, abdomen and love handles.
Myth 5: Liposuction Results Don’t Last
The fat cells removed during liposuction are gone for good. However, that doesn’t mean that liposuction patients are unable to gain weight after having the procedure. If proper diet and exercise are not maintained, new fat cells may form and compromise patients’ results.
If you’re considering having liposuction and would like to learn more about the procedure, contact the team at the Seduction Cosmetic Surgery Center to schedule a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon.