Most people who have needed to lose weight wish they could simply have the fat removed. While liposuction may sound that simple, it is not as quick and easy as it may sound. Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available, but there are still many myths about this surgery. Here are some myths and facts about this fat loss treatment.
Fact: Liposuction is not for weight loss
If you need to lose weight, liposuction is not the answer. Liposuction is most effective on those who are within their ideal weight range that want to remove small areas of fat that are difficult to reduce through diet and exercise.
Myth: You can look slimmer overnight
With liposuction, the fat is removed immediately, but the results are not instantaneous. There is fluid and swelling in the surgical area that need to dissipate over a few weeks before the true results will be noticeable.
Fact: Fat cells will not grow back
Once fat cells are removed through liposuction, they are gone for good. They do not grow back.
Myth: Once fat cells are gone, you won’t gain weight
Even though some fat cells are removed, you can still gain weight or fat in the area. The other fat cells can expand to compensate for the fat cells removed. You still need to watch what you eat and exercise to maintain the results.
Liposuction can be a great solution to remove stubborn areas of fat accumulation like the neck, but you need to understand the limitations. Contact a plastic surgeon that offers liposuction to schedule a consultation to discuss what you can expect from the procedure to get all the facts.
Posted on behalf of:
Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
580 Park Avenue, Suite 1BE
New York, NY 10065