The Truth Behind Liposuction Myths
Liposuction continues to be one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures in the U.S. But as liposuction increases in popularity, so do misconceptions regarding the procedure. In this post, Dr. Johns of Artisan Plastic Surgery sheds some light on some of the most common myths surrounding liposuction.
Myth: Liposuction is Weight Loss Surgery
Fact: Contrary to popular belief, liposuction should not be used for weight loss. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that helps eliminate small, stubborn fat deposits that cannot be easily removed with diet and exercise. Ideal candidates for liposuction should be within 30 percent of a healthy weight for their size, or around 15 pounds of their desired weight. People seeking to lose a larger amount of weight should use diet and exercise or bariatric (massive weight loss) surgery instead of, or before, having liposuction.
Myth: Liposuction is Only for Women
Fact: In 2014, liposuction was the most popular plastic surgery procedure among men, proving that men are just as concerned about their physical appearance as women are. Most of Dr. Johns’ male patients seek liposuction to get rid of fatty deposits in the abdomen, back and chest areas.
Myth: Liposuction Removes Cellulite
Fact: Unfortunately, liposuction does not treat cellulite. Rather, it is used to remove fat to improve a patient’s overall body figure. Cellulite is a cellular breakdown that causes damage to the skin’s connective tissue. Because cellulite is not fat, it cannot be effectively treated with liposuction. Liposuction can improve the appearance of cellulite, but only slightly.
Myth: Liposuction Replaces Exercise
Fact: Liposuction should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise. Liposuction can improve your overall body appearance and how you feel about yourself, but it cannot make you physically healthier. Not maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, can minimize your liposuction results.
Myth: Liposuction Gets Rid of Fat for Good
Fact: While liposuction does permanently eliminate stubborn fat pockets, it does not prevent future weight gain. Liposuction removes fat cells in treated areas, preventing cells from expanding or creating a “problem area” in that part of the body if the patient gains weight in the future. However, any weight gained after liposuction will result in a more even distribution of weight on the body. For long-lasting results, Dr. Johns recommends liposuction patients follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly after the procedure.
Contact Artisan Plastic Surgery
As a leading plastic surgeon in Pittsburgh, Dr. Francis Johns know that the most satisfied patients are those who have done their research and are educated on the procedure. To learn more about liposuction, including the procedure itself, schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Johns. Contact Artisan Plastic Surgery by calling 877-245-6467.