Cosmetic procedures have been helping people look and feel their best for decades, but not everyone talks about them. This taboo subject matter has led to a lot of misinformation and myths about who can get different cosmetic procedures and their benefits. At Innovations Medical, we help answer many of the questions and concerns our patients have about these procedures. And, one procedure that gets more questions than the others is liposuction. So, what are the myths, and what are the facts?
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is one of the most in-demand cosmetic procedures in the United States — and around the globe. It involves removing fat from a targeted section to slim down the area. This procedure is useful for people who have lost weight but struggle to slim down troublesome areas, women who recently had a baby and can’t get rid of the last few pounds of belly fat, or for anyone looking to support their weight loss journey. While liposuction has been around for decades and thousands of liposuction procedures are performed each day, there are still some myths about the procedure.
The Top 10 Most Common Liposuction Myths
1. Liposuction Will Help Me Lose Weight
While liposuction can help remove a few pounds of fat – two to five on average – it is not a weight-loss tool. Ideal liposuction candidates will come to us at their ideal weight in hopes of using liposuction to reduce areas of stubborn fat that won’t go away with diet or exercise.
2. Liposuction Will Get Rid of Cellulite
Liposuction is excellent at getting rid of fat, but the fibrous strands of connective tissue that cause cellulite are not removed. To reduce the appearance of cellulite, we offer cellulite treatments — including Thermage Skin Tightening Treatment and other skin-tightening services.
3. I’m Too Old for Liposuction
You’re never too old to get the body you want. For liposuction, what really matters is if you are in good health and are at your ideal weight. That being said, the older you are, the less elasticity your skin has, which could lead to drooping in some cases. At Innovations Medical, Dr. Johnson uses SmartLipo Laser Liposuction, which has skin-tightening benefits to leave you with shapelier final results.
4. Liposuction is Not Safe
While there are risks with any cosmetic procedure, modern liposuction is entirely safe when performed by a qualified provider. At Innovations Medical, most of our procedures are minimally invasive, which translates into safer treatments and quicker recovery times for you.
5. Liposuction is Not For the Face
Liposuction is perfectly safe when used to reduce fat in the face and chin area. An added benefit of using SmartLipo in the chin area – or any area – is the skin-tightening benefits previously mentioned. Skin-tightening options are offered at both our Dallas and Fort Worth medical practices.
6. Removed Fat Will Come Back
This is a myth, but there’s a catch. Fat deposits removed by liposuction are gone forever. However, if you gain weight, fat cells left behind in the area can increase in size. This gives the appearance that removed fat has come back. You can prevent this by eating a healthy diet and working out regularly.
7. Liposuction is a Quick Fix
Liposuction is not a weight-loss tool, and it’s not an easy way out. Candidates for liposuction will have to get to their ideal body weight first and maintain that weight. Then, liposuction can be considered to help reshape and recontour pockets of stubborn fat.
8. Liposuction Requires No Recovery Time
While liposuction is a less invasive alternative to surgical procedures — like the tummy tuck — there is still a recovery period associated with the procedure. Even with an advanced form of liposuction, such as SmartLipo Laser Liposuction, you should still expect some swelling, bruising, and soreness in the treatment area. These side effects usually subside within a few weeks of the procedure. But, you will have to ease back into your regular exercise routine with approval from Dr. Johnson.
9. Only Women Get Liposuction
Unwanted fat can affect everyone, and women aren’t the only ones trying to look and feel their best. Many men seek out liposuction to target body areas such as the love handles, abdomen, and chest. In fact, Dr. Johnson commonly uses liposuction to treat men with moobs.
10. Liposuction is Best For Belly Fat
Sometimes, liposuction isn’t suitable for belly fat. If you’re living with fat that is subcutaneous or just below the skin and just above your stomach muscles, then liposuction would work for you. But, if the fat you want to get rid of lies under your abdominal muscles and around your organs, this fat is best reduced by diet and exercise. To determine if liposuction is right for your belly fat, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Johnson.
Contact Innovations Medical for Liposuction Treatments
If you’re looking to lose stubborn fat, Innovations Medical is here for you. Our skilled professionals help you decide which treatment is best for you – keeping you informed and confident in the next steps. We’ve been helping our patients look and feel their best since 2005, and even our most advanced procedures are often minimally invasive.