The second most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in America is liposuction, with breast augmentation taking the number one position. Among men, liposuction is the most popular. Despite its popularity, though, people often have misconceptions about the procedure and what it can and can't do. This is why we've put together this list of common liposuction myths.
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1. Liposuction is a weight loss tool
This is probably the biggest liposuction myth. Many people think that they can lose weight through a liposuction procedure, but this is not true. Liposuction is not designed to help you lose pounds, only inches. It is a great tool for getting rid of small areas of excess fat in order to shape a better body contour, and it can help you drop a dress size or two, but you will not lose a significant amount of weight.
The ideal liposuction candidate is at or near a stable, healthy weight, and is committed to leading a healthy lifestyle in order to stay at that weight and keep their results.
In some cases, liposuction can be done on significantly overweight people in order to help them become more active and as a motivational tool to kick start a healthy diet and exercise regime, but it is not a substitute for an actual weight loss program.
2. Only women get liposuction done
This may have been true in the past, but recently, more and more men have become open to the idea of cosmetic surgery to help them obtain a better body. Nowadays, liposuction is very popular among many men.
Experienced plastic surgeons recognize the differences in male and female anatomy, and can customize their liposuction procedures to achieve the best results for each. Men often want to get rid of love handles or a beer belly, and recently liposuction to reduce gynecomastia (colloquially known as man-boobs) has become more common.
3. Liposuction is a good way to reduce cellulite
Unfortunately, cellulite is extremely difficult to treat, and liposuction will not get rid of it. In some cases, reducing the amount of fat in an area will help to improve the appearance of cellulite, but this is by no means guaranteed.
A big myth about cellulite is that it only happens to overweight women. In fact, cellulite can affect women of any weight, and can even affect men (although this is rare). Cellulite is genetic, and unfortunately there are just not a lot of effective options out there to get rid of it.
4. Liposuction is so easy and common that's it's safe to visit an unqualified surgeon
While liposuction is incredibly safe and highly effective when performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, it is still a surgical procedure. Many men and women are tempted by low costs offered by less experienced or unqualified surgeons (often going so far as to see a surgeon outside of America in countries like Mexico or the Dominican Republic), but more often than not end up regretting it when their outcomes are poor or they develop complications following the surgery.
Revision liposuction or an emergency room visit will offset any cost savings, so it is better to just visit a trusted and experienced plastic surgeon for your procedure in the first place. Many liposuction surgeons offer financing plans to help you afford your treatment, so there is no reason to gamble with your body, health, or even life when choosing a plastic surgeon.
5. There is no liposuction recovery period (or alternatively, liposuction recovery takes months)
There is a lot of confusion out there regarding liposuction recovery times. Each individual heals differently and at a different rate, and factors like how many areas you had treated and whether you combined your liposuction with another procedure will also affect recovery time.
That being said, on average, people can generally return to work after a long weekend. If you had multiple areas done, you may want to take a few more days off work to rest and recover. The majority of swelling usually happens within the first week or two, after which it will begin to go down.
While full recovery usually only takes a few weeks, full results may not be seen for up to 6 months (although many people are ready to debut their new body at 3 months).
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If you are ready to sculpt a better body contour, contact Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery at 602-513-8133 to schedule your consultation today. We serve patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and other nearby areas of Arizona.