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Debunking Liposuction Myths

Liposuction is one of the top five most popular cosmetic surgery treatments in the United States.

Despite its popularity, however, there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding this procedure. In this blog, we will debunk the six most common liposuction myths so you can make an informed decision as to whether it’s the correct treatment for you.

Myth #1: Liposuction is a Weight Loss Tool

Fact: Liposuction is intended as a body contouring tool, not a weight loss treatment. This procedure is not an effective way to lose weight and become healthier and will not be a good substitute for a balanced diet and regular exercise. Instead, liposuction is designed to remove any stubborn fat deposits that remain after you lose weight, allowing you to achieve definition and curves. This surgery works best on patients that are close to their ideal weight.

Myth #2: Liposuction is Exclusively For Women

Fact: Liposuction is suitable for both men and women. It is becoming increasingly popular for men to undergo this treatment, although the treatment areas are usually different. While women typically get liposuction on the hips or thighs, men often opt for the abdomen or under the chin. This procedure can help men achieve the sculpted and athletic shape they desire.

Myth #3: Liposuction Requires a Long Recovery Period

Fact: Many potential patients worry about recovery after liposuction, but most find that they recover quickly and their pain level is minimal. You may notice swelling and bruising around the treated area but will feel minimal pain after the procedure. While the recovery experience differs from patient to patient, many people can typically return to work and other light activities just two to five days after surgery.

Myth #4: Liposuction Results Are Temporary

Fact: Liposuction isn’t a treatment you will need to get regularly. After removing fat cells, they will not regenerate. While the results are dramatic and long-lasting, it is still possible for a patient to change diminish these results if they gain a significant amount of weight after the procedure. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine will help ensure your liposuction results last indefinitely. 

Myth #5: Liposuction Can Only be Performed on the Stomach

Fact: While the stomach is one of the most popular areas for the procedure, liposuction can be performed on nearly any region of the body with a high number of fat cells. Excess fat pockets tend to occur in places where gravity exerts the greatest influence, such as the chin, upper arms, and hips, but can be present anywhere on the body. Other common areas of the body where patients have unwanted fat deposits include the neck, chest, calves, thighs, ankles, and buttocks.

Myth #6: Liposuction Gets Rid of Cellulite and Stretch Marks

Fact: Liposuction will not remove cellulite and stretch marks, but it can help them appear less visible. Although fat cells are one of the contributing factors to cellulite, this procedure will not impact the other factor: connective tissue. Other cosmetic treatments, such as a thigh lift, are better suited to target cellulite and stretch marks.

Choose Hess & Sandeen for Your Liposuction Treatment

Hess & Sandeen is an excellent choice for your liposuction treatment in Tucson. With the expertise and experience of our experienced plastic surgeons, you can achieve results that you will be proud of for years to come. 

Contact us today to schedule a liposuction consultation.