Common Liposuction MythsIt can be very difficult to verify the credibility of a source on the Internet; everyone claims they are an expert on plastic surgery when very few people are actually trustworthy and knowledgeable. Thus, it is no surprise that the Internet is teeming with misinformation and mistruths about popular plastic surgery procedures like liposuction.

To help clear up some of the confusion and help you make intelligent decisions about your surgical care, the team at The Plastic Surgery Center dispels the top three myths about liposuction below.

Liposuction Is a Quick Fix for Weight Loss

Many people mistakenly believe liposuction is a weight loss tool and a good substitute for healthy lifestyle habits. In fact, the best candidates are at a healthy weight or just slightly over, with targeted areas of fatty deposits. Lipo is not appropriate for patients that are significantly overweight or obese; standard methods of weight loss are more suitable.

Ideally, if you are considering lipo, you should already be in the habit of eating well and exercising regularly. Committing to these healthy lifestyle habits will help you to maintain the results of liposuction long-term.

Fat Deposits Can “Grow Back” after Liposuction

Once fat cells are removed during lipo, they are gone for good. But plastic surgeons must leave at least a small amount of fat cells to maintain a normal contour in the treated area.  Gaining weight after liposuction can cause these remaining fat cells to enlarge, jeopardizing the results of liposuction.

Liposuction Is a Great Solution for Cellulite

Liposuction is not an adequate remedy for cellulite because cellulite is more than just pockets of unwanted fat. The orange peel-like lumps and depressions develop when pockets of fat push the fibrous connective tissue bands under the skin. Because liposuction only treats unwanted fat without altering the connective tissue or skin, it does not improve the appearance of cellulite. Performing liposuction on a part of the body with cellulite may actually make the area look even worse.

Schedule a Consult with Our Plastic Surgeons

Our plastic surgeons are happy to meet with you one-on-one to explain liposuction in detail and clear up any confusion you have about the procedure. We invite you to schedule an informational consultation at one of our convenient locations by calling or emailing us today.