8 Liposuction Myths Debunked

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery commonly used by individuals who find it difficult to lose fat in certain areas with the use of diet and exercise. But despite the popularity of the procedure, many myths regarding the process still exist. The liposuction procedure is completed by placing a small tube under the skin and ‘sucking’ fat from troubled areas like hips, thighs, breasts, stomach, and upper arms. The following is the truth regarding common misconceptions about liposuction. 

Great For Dramatic Weight Loss

The ideal candidate for the liposuction procedure is an individual who finds it difficult to rid themselves of stubborn body fat despite eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. Surgeons who perform liposuction will often counsel against the process if the patient’s goal is to achieve dramatic weight loss. Trying to achieve this result with liposuction would be unsafe and look unnatural. 

Liposuction Is For Women

It is commonly assumed that men do not use liposuction to eliminate fat from troubled areas on their bodies. The truth is, liposuction is common among both sexes. The areas that benefit from liposuction are often different in men than with women. For example, men generally target the stomach and area beneath the chin. Women are often concerned with removing fat from thighs and hips. 

Age Limits Exist With Liposuction

The only age concern with liposuction is that a prospective patient is at least 18 years of age. All adults who are physically and mentally healthy are candidates for the liposuction procedure. There are concerns regarding anesthesia for individuals of advanced years but recent improvements in the procedure have eliminated many of these risks. 

Diet and Exercise is No Longer Needed

Liposuction is only intended to play a supporting role in sculpting the body image you desire. You should not view the process as the primary solution. You will need a balanced and healthy diet along with a good exercise regimen to maintain the results of the liposuction procedure and further improve the shape of your body. 

Can Be Used For Cellulite Removal

A fundamental concern of many patients who have accumulated a substantial amount of body fat is cellulite. This unsightly issue develops when tissue beneath the skin begins to harden. Areas inside the skin begin to bulge. Liposuction is not a solution to the problem of cellulite. 

The Fat Will Return

Patients interested in liposuction often fear the fat will return after a period of time. Both science and surgeons who perform the procedure agree this is not the case. Fat cells develop evenly throughout the body when an individual gains weight. Liposuction extracts fat from isolated areas. Even if weight gain occurs following liposuction the new fat cells will once again be evenly distributed. 

Flat Abs And Perfect Breasts Are Instantly Available

Fat removed from the body makes it more possible to enjoy the body shape you desire. However, there is a limit to the fat that can be removed from the breasts. Too much fat removal could lead to size and proportion issues. 

There Is A Mystery Liposuction Tool

The ‘magical’ liposuction tool is called a cannula. These tools are hollow and cylindrical. They come in a variety of sizes. Smaller cannulas are perfect for the face and will leave no scars. Larger cannulas are used for areas like the buttocks and thighs and often leave wounds that must be stitched. 

Consult A Professional

Dr. Wendell Perry is an experienced plastic surgeon available to address the cosmetic needs of patients in the Miramar, Florida area. Dr. Perry is a board-certified plastic surgeon and his offices can be reached by calling 305-754-0750. Dr. Perry can also be contacted for a free consultation by using this online contact form