Liposuction is one of the main procedures in the field of cosmetic surgery. Even though this treatment is very efficient and offers remarquable results, its goals and possibilities are still poorly understood. Here are the most common myth and misconceptions you should know about liposuction.
Liposuction is not intended to make you lose weight
1L of fat weights approximately 800g. During a standard liposuction procedure, 3L of fat are removed on average, which weights 2.5kg so, needless to say, exercise and diet are still your best bet if you are trying to lose weight. Liposuction is a body contouring treatment allowing surgeons to redefine their patients’ figure, not a weight loss surgery. Bariatric surgery is a surgical specialty including procedures designed for weight loss purposes.
Fat does not come back after liposuction
Liposuction removes fat cells in their entirety, therefore they do not grow again or reappear somewhere else in the body. However, liposuction does not prevent the remaining fat cells to gain volume in case of weight gain. If the patient is overeating, fat will also accumulate in other parts of the body. Eating healthy and exercising regularly ensures a stable weight and no changes to liposuction results.
Non-surgical liposuction is not liposuction
While there are non-invasive treatments targeting fat able to achieve satisfying results, those often require multiple treatment sessions, but they will never be able to achieve the same results as surgical fat removal. Liposuction only requires one procedure and offers very predictable results, because surgeons can target fat deposits very precisely.
Liposuction is not only for women
Liposuction is less frequently performed on men, because in most men, fat reserves are located under the muscles and between the organs. Liposuction only removes fat located between skin and muscles. In men, the most common liposuction areas are the love handles, the chest and the double-chin.