Liposuction Myths vol. 2nd Half 2014
by Cosmetics Expert Mike Dune
With so many new advancements in the world of liposuction, it can be difficult to keep the facts straight. If you’re confused about whether liposuction may be right for you, read on to clear the air about some common body contouring misconceptions. And in such a dynamic field the myths and stereotypes are rapidly changing.. so it’s quite important to have an updated look at the most important liposuction myths at the very moment (2nd half of 2014):
- MYTH: Liposuction can suck away the pounds. Although the main objective of liposuction is to remove fat, liposuction is not a substitute for diet and exercise. Dr. Thomas Sterry, a liposuction specialist in New York City (click here for more info), says on his website that the best candidates are reasonably fit people who are bothered by localized areas of particularly stubborn fat. In the same vein, it’s important for a liposuction patient to do his or her best to maintain his or her weight after the procedure. Even though liposuction does remove fat, weight gain can still occur in the future.
- MYTH: Liposuction is a woman’s procedure. Many people associate liposuction and other plastic surgery with women, but the truth is that these procedures are becoming increasingly popular with the guys, too. Liposuction is especially popular with men thanks to its effectiveness on the flanks and abdomen, common areas of concern for many men. Liposuction also creates very discreet scars, and incision sites can be effectively concealed under normal clothing during the healing process.
- MYTH: Liposuction treats cellulite. Excess fat can definitely exacerbate the look of cellulite, but these annoying dimples are actually caused by structural anomalies beneath the skin. Today, certain minimally invasive procedures do exist specifically to treat cellulite, but liposuction isn’t one of them. If cellulite is your primary concern, ask your plastic surgeon for other treatment recommendations.
- MYTH: Liposuction requires a lengthy recovery. This may have been true in the past, but this statement no longer holds water. Today’s advanced techniques employ smaller instruments for speedier healing. Some versions of liposuction, such as laser- or ultrasound-assisted methods, can further shorten recuperation times by breaking fat apart prior to aspiration, making it easier to remove. Total recovery time can vary depending on the area treated, but most patients are back to work and other activities within a week.
- MYTH: Liposuction is violent. Nope. Many of us have seen outdated videos of liposuction procedures that make the process look quite traumatic. Just as we discussed in myth No. 4, many of the techniques available for liposuction today use different methods to loosen, melt, or break apart fat prior to removal, no longer requiring manual agitation. Not only does this make the procedure less violent, but it also reduces damage to surrounding tissues and blood vessels for a faster and more comfortable recuperation than in years past.
- MYTH: Liposuction leaves behind sagging skin. Although this myth seems to make logistical sense, it’s important to keep in mind that human skin is especially resilient. Liposuction does not typically remove a large enough volume of fat to cause noticeable skin laxity. Over time, as the body heals, the skin around the affected area will tighten up and create a natural-looking contour. However, for people who have significant skin laxity, such as those who have accomplished a significant weight loss or patients who are older, a more invasive body contouring procedure may be appropriate. For example, thigh lift surgery, abdominoplasty, and arm lift surgery all remove excess skin as well as fat. Your surgeon can help you determine which approach is best for you.