Few plastic surgery procedures are surrounded by as many mistruths and misconceptions as liposuction. Here’s a look at some of the most common myths about this body contouring procedure and the facts that prove them wrong.
1. Lipo Is a Great Way to Lose Weight
Liposuction removes fat from the body, so it must be a great way to achieve your weight loss goals, right? Wrong. This myth about liposuction is arguably the most common, yet couldn’t be further from the truth. The best candidates for liposuction are at or near their ideal body weight but want to target and remove stubborn fat deposits that remain despite their best efforts to slim down through diet and exercise.
2. The Results from Lipo Are Permanent
The results you can achieve with liposuction are not permanent and can be affected or undone by future weight gain. Liposuction can permanently remove fat cells, but more fat can take their place if you fail to maintain a healthy lifestyle and gain weight in the future.
3. Lipo Is Only for Women
Men may not be as willing to openly talk about having liposuction, but body contouring among males is on the rise. Men are finding that they, too, can benefit from liposuction to help reduce the size of their breasts, slim and shape the midsection or diminish a double chin.
4. Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck Do the Same Thing
Liposuction removes fat, and a tummy tuck removes excess stomach skin and repairs abdominal muscles. These procedures are quite different but are often combined into one procedure for a more dramatic body transformation. For any body contouring procedure, the best results can be achieved if you choose a plastic surgeon with the right combination of skill, expertise, and experience.