Trying to achieve a flat tummy, slimmer thighs, or smaller backside through diet and exercise can be stressful and frustrating. You practically starve yourself and constantly exercise to get rid of the leftover fat that seems to want to stick around. However, when you feel like all of your efforts are a waste, and nothing else seems to work, liposuction might be the solution to your problem.
According to the 2018 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, liposuction continues to be the number one choice to remove stubborn unwanted fat pockets. Although there are other non-surgical body contouring treatments, such as CoolSculpting, liposuction is the only immediate fat removal option.
Unfortunately, even with its popularity, liposuction has developed a bad wrap, and incorrect myths have surrounded the procedure. Today on the blog, female plastic surgeon in Manhattan, Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, is busting six common liposuction myths.
- Myth #1: Liposuction is an effective weight-loss method
- Fact: Liposuction is used to remove unwanted fat pockets that will not dissolve naturally with diet and exercise. The focus of liposuction is to contour the body, not for significant weight loss.
- Myth #2: Liposuction results are permanent
- Fact: The permanent removal of the fat cells can be dramatic and last a long time. Liposuction results, however, are dependent upon the patient. For example, if a 150-pound patient had 5 founds removed, those five pounds of fat cells will not return, provided that the patient remains at or below their current weight at the time of treatment. If the patient begins to gain weight, then new fat cells could form in the treated areas.
- Myth #3: Liposuction is for the stomach area only
- Fact: Liposuction can be used to remove fat from various areas. The arms, hips, waist, buttocks, thighs, abdomen, and flanks are the most common areas where people often request liposuction.
- Myth #4: Liposuction recovery is painful
- Fact: As with any medical procedure, recovery times may vary. During recovery, patients have reported feeling some moderate pain and discomfort, which is typically limited to the first two-three days after surgery and can be controlled with pain medication. Usually, patients can return to work approximately a week or two after the procedure.
- Myth #5: Liposuction is risky
- Fact: There are always risks when you have a surgical procedure. However, choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon minimizes potential risks, such as pain, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, and contour irregularities.
- Myth #6: Liposuction can result in puckered or lumpy skin
- Fact: While skin irregularities are a possibility after liposuction, they are rare. When you have a skilled and experienced physician, they are more aware of how much fat they remove and how the body will look afterward. Therefore, this is another reason to choose a provider that is board-certified and has the experience to get the best result possible.
Although there are myths surrounding liposuction, the procedure itself is effective and provides immediate and long-lasting results with proper diet and exercise. If you are looking for ways to lose fat when diet and exercise aren’t enough or want to find out how to get a slim figure fast, contact Preminger Plastic Surgery by calling (212) 706-1900.