Myth #1: Liposuction Will Help Me Lose A Lot of Weight
No qualified plastic surgeon would recommend liposuction as solution for weight loss. In fact, the best candidates for liposuction are individuals who are at or near their ideal weight. Obese or very overweight patients have a higher risk of complications during and after surgery. In addition, the patient’s weight should also be stabilized prior to having liposuction as weight fluctuations can sabotage the cosmetic results of the procedure.
Myth #2: Liposuction Treats Loose, Excess Skin
Liposuction cannot treat loose skin that hangs off the body. If, in addition to pockets of fat, you want to get rid of excess skin, our surgeons may recommend combining liposuction with a lift procedure. Tummy tuck, arm lift and thigh lift are designed to remove loose skin and tighten the underlying tissues for a flatter and smoother appearance. In some cases, pairing liposuction with a lift procedure produces slimmer and more attractive body contours.
Myth #3: Liposuction Treats Cellulite
Cellulite is a result of fibrous collagen bands that pull on the skin, resulting in a dimpled appearance. Because liposuction only treats fat, it cannot properly treat cellulite.
Myth #4: Fat Returns After Liposuction
Once the targeted fat cells are removed from the body, they cannot regenerate or grow back. However, this does not mean that weight gain after liposuction is not possible. The fat cells in the treated area that remain after liposuction, along with those in body areas that were not treated, can grow, ultimately resulting in weight gain. The best way to maintain the slimming effects of liposuction is to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
Learn more about liposuction from one of the trusted plastic surgeons at Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists. Please call our Northside office at (404) 255-2975 or our Piedmont office at (404) 343-0897 to make an in-person appointment.