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Get the True Skinny on Myths and Facts About Liposuction

Get the True Skinny on Myths and Facts About Liposuction

Liposuction is a popular body contouring technique that involves removing unwanted fat with a high-pressure vacuum. Each year, over 300,000 liposuction surgeries take place in the United States, but still a lot of confusion remains about this form of plastic surgery.

Dr. Husam Elias, our founder and medical director at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, is here to debunk the five most common myths about liposuction and give you the facts.

Myth 1: Liposuction isn’t a surgical procedure

Liposuction may not require large incisions, but it is definitely a surgical procedure. During liposuction, Dr. Elias gives you a general anesthetic or heavy sedation. To remove your unwanted fat, he makes small incisions in the treatment sites to insert the tube that sucks out your fat.

Even though liposuction is usually an outpatient procedure — meaning you go home the same day — you’ll have swelling and restricted activity for several weeks as your body heals.

Myth 2: Liposuction is for weight loss

False. Liposuction isn’t a tool designed to help you lose weight. In fact, it’s most effective if you’re within 30% of your ideal body weight.

This cosmetic procedure works to remove unwanted fat cells. You have a specific number of fat cells throughout your entire body that grow larger or smaller when you gain or lose weight. Dr. Elias might recommend liposuction if you have unwanted pockets of fat on your body that refuse to budge despite your best efforts with diet and exercise.

Myth 3: Only women get liposuction

False. Liposuction wouldn’t be the most popular cosmetic treatment if only women were taking advantage of it. In recent years, there’s been a surge in men turning to cosmetic procedures, and liposuction saw a 23% increase among them in 2017.

The main difference in liposuction between men and women is treatment sites. That’s because most women store excess fat on their thighs and hips while men usually carry theirs in their stomach, love handles, or under the chin.

Myth 4: Liposuction provides immediate results

False. Yes, Dr. Elias can remove significant amounts of fat from your body at one time, but it can take a while to see the results. Liposuction is a surgical approach to removing your fat, so your body needs to heal after your procedure. In most cases, you have to wait a few weeks or months for swelling to go down before you can show off your stunning new figure.

Myth 5: Liposuction is permanent

Sort of. While liposuction can permanently remove fat from several areas of your body — like your belly, hips, thighs, and buttocks — it doesn’t eliminate all of the fat from your body. These remaining fat cells still function normally, so they can grow larger or smaller in response to your lifestyle choices. This means that liposuction isn’t a magic bullet for staying in shape; you still have to eat a healthy diet and exercise to avoid weight gain in the future.

For more liposuction facts and to see if it’s right for you, call us at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts or schedule an appointment online today.

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