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Debunking The Most Common Liposuction Myths


Liposuction is one of the most popular and consequently, one of the most talked about cosmetic surgeries available. As a result, there are many misconceptions about the procedure which may lead some people to develop unrealistic expectations for the surgery or avoid the procedure all together. Below, the most common liposuction myths are discussed and debunked.

Liposuction Does Not Require Any Recovery Time

Like any surgical procedure, liposuction does require recovery time. While it may necessitate fewer days off than some other surgical procedures, it is important to allow yourself time to heal following liposuction. Although some patients are able to return to work within a few days, others require up to two weeks to recover depending on the size of the treatment area and the number of areas receiving liposuction. Your surgeon will discuss the recovery process with you during your initial consultation. Ensuring that you see optimal results means following all recovery instructions carefully.

Liposuction And Abdominoplasty Are The Same Thing

While frequently performed together, liposuction and tummy tuck are very different procedures. Liposuction is designed to eliminate unwanted fat from areas such as the thighs, hips, arms, and even face, while abdominoplasty removes excess skin and tissue from the abdomen. For the most dramatic combined result, liposuction is often recommended in conjunction with abdominoplasty.

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Liposuction Is A Weight Loss Surgery

Although patients may lose some weight during this procedure as fat cells are removed, liposuction is not a weight loss surgery. Instead, it is a body contouring procedure which is designed to remove stubborn fatty deposits on otherwise fit individuals. In fact, patients are advised to reach their optimal weight before scheduling liposuction and this should be maintained through diet and exercise following the procedure.

Only Women Undergo Liposuction

Although liposuction is popular amongst women, it is also one of the most frequently requested procedures from male patients. Both men and women can benefit from liposuction to target unwanted fat from stubborn areas where both sexes tend to hold weight. While diet and exercise play a significant role in body contouring, in many cases, liposuction is used by both men and women to help achieve a more sculpted, contoured look.

Liposuction Is Not Suitable For Older Patients

Provided they are healthy and do not have underlying medical issues, patients of almost any age can undergo liposuction. In fact, due to the toll that aging takes on the body, many older patients benefit from this procedure. It is not uncommon for aging men and women to struggle with excess fat cells on “love handles” or the jaw line- areas which are difficult to shrink through diet and exercise alone.

To learn more about liposuction, determine your candidacy and find out if your goals are realistic, please contact our clinic to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Gartner, a double board-certified plastic surgeon dedicated to helping patients achieve their desired results.

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