10 Liposuction Myths Debunked
Liposuction is one of the top five most common surgical procedures in the United States. Approximately 363,912 procedures are performed each year. While every lay person knows that liposuction sucks out fat, many are misguided about the procedure in terms of who is an appropriate candidate, how long the results last, and what the procedure can and cannot accomplish. Here, I set the record straight:
Myth: Fat Will Come Back Somewhere Else After Lipo.
The “fat return” fear is something plastic surgeons hear about pretty often. New fat does not find its way elsewhere after liposuction. This is one of the most common liposuction myths out there. Liposuction removes part of the fat in an area, but if the body is overwhelmed by a large amount of calories that are not burned they are stored proportionately in every remaining fat cell in the body, Fat cells aren’t distributed evenly to begin with, and after lipo (or any type of fat cell removal) they definitely won’t be distributed evenly. Even though individual fat cells grow evenly, there will be fewer in the places where the lipo happened, so those places won’t fill out the same way they used to, which is what lipo patients want. Remaining fat cells in the rest of the body will pick up the slack. These cells will gain fat evenly, but not in the areas you’re used to gaining in, since the fat cells in those places were liposuctioned out. The more fat cells removed, the more the remaining fat cells will gain when you gain weight.”
Myth: Results of Liposuction Aren’t Permanent.
The results of liposuction are intended to be permanent. What this means is that the fat cells that are removed will not reappear. However if you gain weight in the future, fat can accumulate in surrounding areas and the remaining fat cells in your treatment area can become larger. While the fat cells are permanently gone, you can once again find yourself with unwanted fat if you gain weight, so your healthy habits will determine whether you maintain your liposuction results.
Myth: Liposuction Is a Reasonable Treatment for Obesity.
Liposuction is not a good treatment for obesity. Liposuction is not effective, even as a last resort, for people who are unable to lose weight by dieting and exercise.
Myth: Non-Surgical Alternatives to Liposuction Are Just as Good.
Liposuction is still considered the gold standard for body contouring, It’s the most predictable, and it’s performed in a single treatment. There are minimally invasive alternatives, but they won’t give you as dramatic results and treatments may need to be repeated for the desired effect. The most effective non-invasive options use heat, cold, or ultrasound on the surface of the skin. These alternatives include, but are not limited to:
Kybella (currently only FDA-approved for use underneath the chin)
Myth: I Will Lose Weight from Liposuction.