3 Common Misconceptions about Liposuction
Liposuction is one of those procedures that everyone knows about. We’ve all heard about it, and we all know what it’s for. Or do we? Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about lipo that has some people believing the wrong thing. Liposuction performed by Salem plastic surgeon Dr. Keith Neaman or Dr. Dustin Christiansen – for the right reasons – can produce fantastic contouring results. For anyone considering liposuction to remove unwanted stubborn fat, it’s important to be informed. Here are three common misconceptions about liposuction that we’re willing to bet, you’ve heard once or twice.
Misconception 1: Liposuction is for Weight Loss
Just because it’s a treatment method to remove fat doesn’t mean it’s a weight loss tool. Right before summer, women flock to plastic surgeons’ offices seeking a quick and easy solution to losing weight. Unfortunately, liposuction isn’t the answer. You can’t safely remove large amounts of fat to achieve dramatic weight loss with liposuction. It’s rather, a procedure to put the finishing touches on your weight loss efforts. Patients should be at or near their ideal weight prior to undergoing liposuction. After significant weight loss, sometimes you are left with stubborn fatty deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. This is what lipo is meant for – to remove small deposits of fat.
Misconception 2: Liposuction Treats Cellulite
It would be great if it did, but it doesn’t. First off, cellulite isn’t completely caused by fat. It’s actually more of a skin issue. Skin laxity, body fat and weak connective tissues all play a role in the formation of cellulite. When fat cells push on the weakened connective tissue, it creates those dreadful dimples. Liposuction can’t repair the damaged tissue that’s responsible for cellulite. Cellutone, a non-invasive treatment modality, is a much more effective means for saying goodbye to those lumpy pockets.
Misconception 3: Liposuction is Non-invasive With No Downtime
There are certainly fat-reduction treatments including Vanquish Me and Exilis that remove fat with no downtime, but liposuction is not one of them. Liposuction requires a recovery period where you need to take it easy and rest. Sometimes drainage tubes are needed, as well as compression garments to smooth and shape the treated area. A lot of times, liposuction is combined with other surgical procedures such as a tummy tuck to cut down on recovery times.
Liposuction can be the final step in reaching the body you have longed for. But, you need to have realistic expectations and know what liposuction can and can’t do. If you have stubborn fat that you want to rid yourself of, contact Neaman Plastic Surgery at (844) 338-5445 to schedule a consultation.