Top 5 Liposuction Myths

Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the market: liposuction was the third most popular cosmetic procedure last year, and it also holds a 91% “Worth It” rating on It’s been modified, improved, and even combined with other procedures in the few decades since its invention. Now, those are some cold hard facts, but there’s a lot of false information and misconceptions going around about liposuction thanks to pop culture and the media. Let’s explore the top 5 most popular liposuction myths:

“It’s a Quick and Easy Way to Lose Weight”

Liposuction should never be considered to be a weight loss procedure, because it’s mainly a body contouring procedure. The perfect candidate for liposuction is someone who is close to their ideal weight but wants to get rid of stores of fat that won’t reduce even after diet and exercise. Removing enough fat by liposuction to cause significant weight loss would actually be very bad for your health. In fact, being obese or very overweight can actually increase risks of complications after procedures.

“Liposuction Is Completely Permanent”

While the effects of liposuction are incredibly long lasting, you still need to maintain your weight through diet and exercise to make sure that your results don’t reverse themselves. Gaining weight after the procedure can really affect your liposuction, no matter how well it turns out.

“Liposuction removes Cellulite”

While liposuction is a body contouring procedure, its main job is fat reduction. That means that, unfortunately, liposuction doesn’t do much to remove cellulite or tighten skin. That’s why the perfect candidate for liposuction is someone who has great skin elasticity.

“A Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Will Do the Same Thing”

A tummy tuck and liposuction actually have completely different results; enough that they can actually be combined together to improve body contouring results. A tummy tuck will remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tighten abdominal muscles to create a more athletic stomach. If a patient wants a tummy tuck but also wants to remove a significant amount of fat, then liposuction will also be done.

“Liposuction is non-invasive surgery”

Liposuction is minimally invasive surgery.  Liposuction works by inserting these tubes called cannulas through small incisions created by a plastic surgeon. This fat will then be suctioned out, and your incisions will be closed.  Recovery from liposuction is usually 3 days back to work.  Want to find out more about liposuction to see if it’s for you? Contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg at 540-371-7730 for a consultation.