Liposuction has been a popular cosmetic surgery for decades and has helped millions of people get rid of stubborn pockets of fat they could get rid of even with a healthy and active lifestyle. Although traditional liposuction involves surgery, other alternatives such as laser liposuction, now exist. However, working with a board-certified plastic surgeon remains your safest option if you are considering this type of treatment. A board-certified surgeon can recommend which type of liposuction is appropriate for you to achieve your aesthetic goals whether you want to add definition to your thighs, abdomen, or another body part.
Even though liposuction is such a popular cosmetic solution, many misconceptions still circulate about it. Some tout liposuction as a miracle surgery while others make it sound dangerous. Busting myths about liposuction is important so you have facts rather than fiction. Understanding what liposuction involves can help you decide whether you want to schedule a consultation to learn whether you are a good candidate for the procedure.
#1 Liposuction Is a Weight Loss Procedure
One of the most pervasive myths about liposuction is that it is a weight loss solution. Liposuction is not a magic wand that will replace a healthy diet and regular physical activity. Most surgeons recommend that individuals interested in liposuction be either at their ideal weight or within twenty pounds of their goal.
Liposuction is not a long-term weight loss treatment and instead works on stubborn fat cells that your efforts cannot get rid of. Approaching liposuction as a body contouring surgery gives you a more accurate picture of how it works.
This also means that after you have liposuction, you should continue to eat well and move your body to maintain a stable and healthy weight throughout your life. Do not hesitate to talk to your physician or a licensed nutritionist to get professional advice for incorporating and keeping healthy habits.
#2 Liposuction Gets Rid of Cellulite
Liposuction can only remove stubborn fat cells, not cellulite. Cellulite is due to both subcutaneous fat and connective tissues that create the bumpy and uneven texture of your skin in certain body parts such as your thighs or hips. Cellulite removal treatments exist and if you are looking to get rid of cellulite, you should mention that to your doctor or plastic surgeon.
#3 Liposuction Is Dangerous
Although there are risks associated with any surgical procedure, liposuction is very safe when you choose a board-certified surgeon who provides an excellent level of care. When you see Dr. Gorodisky for a liposuction consultation, he always reviews your medical history and performs a thorough physical examination before recommending liposuction on its own or combined with any other surgical or non-surgical treatment. Any surgery may also involve pre-operative lab tests to ensure your safety.
At West Coast Plastic Surgery Center, we are here to address any questions or concerns you may have about your treatment, before and after surgery. Our team also provides you with necessary post-operative care instructions to support your healing. Dr. Gorodisky schedules follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery and results.
#4 Liposuction Treats Sagging Skin
In certain cases, sagging skin may involve not only reduced elasticity due to age, pregnancy, extensive weight loss, or other conditions, but also due to excess fat. However, it is not a common occurrence. If you need to address sagging skin for a double chin, the abdomen, or your arms, your provider is likely to recommend a skin tightening procedure as an alternative or in addition to liposuction.
#5 Liposuction Requires No Downtime
Many surgeons perform liposuction as an outpatient procedure, but this treatment nevertheless requires downtime. You should plan for someone else to drive you home and rest for about a week if you had your liposuction done under general anesthesia and about a couple of days if it was under local anesthesia.
Common side effects of liposuction in the treatment areas include:
You should also abstain from high-impact workouts and other strenuous physical activities for up six weeks. Following your surgeon’s instructions is always your best bet.
#6 Liposuction Is Only for Women
Even though plastic surgery has become more socially acceptable for individuals of all genders, many people still think of liposuction as a procedure for women. Stubborn fat cells can happen to everyone regardless of gender.
Liposuction can make a positive difference for anyone who cannot get rid of pockets of fat that no amount of healthy diet and exercise can disrupt. This body contouring surgery can help men achieve a greater definition of their abdominal muscles and other areas.
If you are interested in liposuction as a body-contouring treatment, call West Coast Plastic Surgery Center today at (805) 978-8545 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation in Oxnard, CA!