Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world. While this procedure is very efficient and can offer excellent and dramatic results, the possibilities are sometimes little known. Here is the truth about those myths.
Liposuction is not a weight loss tool
A liter of fat weighs approximately 800 grams. Typically, a single liposuction procedure removes around 3 liters of fat, which weighs about 2.5 kilograms. Liposuction has to be seen as a body contouring procedure designed to improve the figure, not as a weight loss surgery. The surgical specialty designed to induce weight loss is called bariatric surgery, it involves alterations of the gastric system with procedures such as the gastric sleeve, the gastric by-pass, etc.
Fat does not come back after liposuction
Liposuction removes fat cells in their entirety. These cells cannot grow again or develop elsewhere in the body. However, liposuction does not prevent the remaining fat cells from gaining volume in case of weight gain. In case of overeating, fat can become a problem again, but not in the previously treated areas. Eating healthy and exercising regularly can help maintain the new figure with a stable weight and prevent possible future weight gain.
Liposuction is not a painful procedure
Liposuction is considered as one of the less painful procedures in cosmetic surgery, which does not mean it is totally painless. Typically, postoperative pain depends on the number of areas treated and can be compared to muscle soreness after an intense workout session.
Non surgical fat reduction is not liposuction
While there are non-invasive treatments that offer satisfying results, those often require multiple procedures and will never achieve results that direct fat cells removal can achieve. Liposuction only requires one procedure and offers more predictable results, because surgeons can target fat accumulation areas with great precision.