Liposuction is a great way to tone and sculpt problem areas and can be performed on many different body types and sizes. But do you know the facts about lipo? Can you tell the myths from the truths? Let’s clear the air about this procedure once and for all.
Myth: Liposuction is designed to help you lose weight.
Fact: Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. Although it removes areas of fat, this is done to sculpt and slim specific areas that don’t respond to diet and exercise.
Myth: You have to be skinny to undergo liposuction.
Fact: You don’t have to be a certain size to get liposuction. As long as you are in good health, your weight is relatively stable, and you have realistic expectations, you may experience positive results from your surgery. Most people should be within about 30 percent of their ideal body weight for best results. If you’re planning to lose a significant amount of weight, however, you may want to consider delaying the surgery until after you’ve gotten close to your goal. Some people who lose weight find they require other procedures such as a tummy tuck to tighten skin and give them a leaner, more toned appearance. Liposuction and body contouring procedures are a great motivator for a healthy lifestyle - you can actually see your hard work taking shape without excess fat standing in the way.
Myth: The results from liposuction are only temporary.
Fact: Once those fat cells are removed, they are gone forever. Liposuction changes the distribution of fat in your body, eliminating problem areas for good. If you stay at a steady weight and follow a healthy lifestyle, your liposuction results will be permanent. If you do gain weight after the procedure, the fat cells will not “grow back,” but you may lose some of your slimmer look as the remaining fat cells increase in size.
Myth: Liposuction requires a lot of downtime.
Fact: If you have a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon performing your surgery, you may find that liposuction fits easily into your life. Some surgeons offer minimally invasive techniques such as Smartlipo™, which gets you back on your feet quickly. You’ll have no general anesthesia, better skin tightening, and you’ll be back to work as early as the next day. The key is to choose your surgeon carefully and discuss your expected recovery during the consultation.
If you think Smartlipo™ may be right for you, download our free e-book, The Basics of Smartlipo™ Liposuction, to learn more. When you’re ready, contact Monarch Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation.