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Common Misconceptions About Liposuction

February 8, 2018

Both men and women across the world reap the benefits of cosmetic procedures, and given all of the common misconceptions revolving around liposuction one would assume it’s not a frequently requested service. However, liposuction is one of the absolute most common cosmetic procedures out there with nearly half a million people undergoing the surgery per year. And the numbers continue to rise with each passing year.

Generally when the misconceptions are addressed people feel more and more comfortable with the procedure, realizing that the risks are very minimal and overall the surgery is an easy, straightforward experience.

So, let’s dive right into the common misconceptions about liposuction procedures!

Liposuction is Limited to Women Only

This is simply not true in the slightest. Men frequently undergo not only liposuction surgeries, but many other cosmetic surgeries as well. However, liposuction is known as one of the most common cosmetic procedures received by men out of all the others. Whether it’s the abdomen area, chest, etc., men certainly aren’t excluded from the benefits provided by liposuction procedures. Taking advantage of liposuction is not limited to just one gender. It’s definitely a common procedure for all genders.

After Surgery Fat Deposits Will Come Back

This is one of the most common misconceptions when considering liposuction. People often think that the fat cells removed will eventually return, and the entire process will have only been a temporary fix. This is simply not true at all. Liposuction is a permanent surgical procedure, meaning that after the fat cells are removed they will not grow back. It’s important to remember that there will be remaining fat cells and they can grow in size if excessive calories are consumed, but with a healthy diet and exercise, you will not have to deal with this possibility. Simply maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine after your surgery and you will keep your stunning post-surgery results!

Liposuction Is Very Risky

Yes, liposuction—like many other surgeries—is sometimes misunderstood to be a risky, dangerous surgical procedure. However, this simply isn’t true. While every surgery to ever be performed will always include some risk (including childbirth and C-sections), liposuction treatments are highly advanced and streamlined, making it a very safe and successful cosmetic procedure. It’s always important to remember that ANY surgical procedure has its risks, including—as we said earlier—childbirth and pregnancy, so it’s important to keep that in mind when thinking about the risks involved. Liposuction is, in many ways, safer than childbirth. It’s a procedure that has been fine-tuned to be as minimally invasive as possible.

Liposuction Completely Cures Cellulite

This is a big misconception and should definitely be addressed to ensure that you are going into your procedure with the right expectations. Let’s start with the definition of cellulite. What exactly is cellulite? Cellulite occurs when fat pushes the tissues beneath your skin. It’s not just little pockets of fat you’re seeing, it’s simply fat pushing against the tissues and causing those lumpy areas that you really want to get rid of. Liposuction does not remove cellulite. When you receive a liposuction procedure you are going to have the fatty tissue removed, but it will not affect tissues and fibrous bands that cause cellulite. There are other ways you can lessen your cellulite, but unfortunately, liposuction is not one of them. Liposuction, however, will help in the overall appearance in a very dramatic way.

There Is Little to No Recovery Time

Some people seem to think liposuction recovery is non-existent. It’s not invasive. You get it done. You move on. All goes back to normal within a few days and you’re back to lifting weights and picking up your toddler. Not the case. It’s important to know that any surgical procedure requires optimal recovery time in order to get the best and safest results. When a woman receives a c-section for her child’s birth she is advised to take it easy for a few days and not go overboard with lifting and running around the house. Same with liposuction. You need sufficient recovery time. There will be swelling and bruising as there is with any surgical procedure of the like and you will need at the very least one week to rest and heal from the procedure. It’s also important to remember that you should wait 4-6 weeks before getting back into exercise routines. It’s still a fairly quick recovery process, and like we said, you can get back to work within a week, but strenuous activity should take a bit longer to introduce back into your regimen.

Liposuction is the Easy Way to Lose Fat

It’s imperative to remember that liposuction, in no way, is considered a weight loss method. If you are seeking to lose weight, adopting a healthy lifestyle—a healthy diet and exercise routine—is your main road to success. Liposuction comes in when you want to contour areas of your body, ideally when within healthy weight range already. So if you want to lose weight you should first adopt a healthy lifestyle, lose some of the weight, and then receive the liposuction procedure afterward to further streamline specific areas of your body. Also, post-surgery it’s equally as important to continue on with your healthy diet and exercise routine in order to maintain the results you’ll receive from your liposuction procedure.

These are just a few of the common misconceptions surrounding liposuction procedures, and as you can see they are just that—misconceptions. When understood properly liposuction is a wonderful way to counter your body and get yourself back to an optimal body shape, but when coupled with a healthy lifestyle it’s even more effective. The risks are certainly no worse than any other surgery and in many ways much safer than childbirth. Speaking with your doctor is a good way to avoid some of these fears and find comfort in your procedure. The results are stunning and it would be an absolute shame to allow a few misunderstandings to prevent you from seeking out the cosmetic procedures you are interested in.

The best thing you can do if you have any concerns at all has a detailed conversation with your doctor where he/she will cover all of these things in much more detail, among many other questions or misconceptions you may have.

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