4 Common Liposuction Myths Debunked

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Posted: February 25, 2020

You eat a healthy diet and you’ve put in countless hours of hard work in the gym, but for some reason you still have a few stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t go away. This is quite common. Many men and women find that in spite of their diligent fitness efforts, there is some fat still obscuring the toned figure they’ve worked so hard to achieve. Fortunately, liposuction provides an effective way to eliminate this unwanted fat so that you can look and feel your best.

While liposuction remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed every year, there are certain misconceptions about the procedure that may prevent you from truly understanding what liposuction can and can’t accomplish. Below, we’re going to discuss some of the most common liposuction myths and provide you with accurate information about these topics.

Myth: Liposuction Can Eliminate Cellulite

infographic highlighting facts about liposuctionLiposuction is a procedure that removes targeted areas of unwanted fat; it doesn’t improve the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite occurs when fat beneath your skin presses against your connective tissue, causing a dimpled appearance in your skin. Liposuction doesn’t address the fibrous bands of connective tissue which contribute to the appearance of cellulite and as a result, it isn’t an effective way to address this issue. If your primary goal is to eliminate cellulite, a different treatment option may be a more effective solution.

Myth: Liposuction Can Help Me Lose Weight

Liposuction isn’t a tool for weight loss. It is a body contouring solution that eliminates targeted pockets of fat in order to provide greater tone and definition to your figure. Liposuction is most effective when modest amounts of fat are removed, and this won’t significantly impact your weight.

The best candidates for liposuction are physically fit, live a healthy lifestyle and are already close to their ideal weight. Dr. Chiararmonte recommends that you achieve your weight loss goals before undergoing liposuction. If you have struggled to lose weight in the past, you may want to work with a nutritionist who can help you establish healthy eating habits.

Myth: The Fat Removed from Liposuction Can Return in the Future

Your body has a fixed number of fat cells. As a result, all fat cells removed during liposuction will never return. In this regard, liposuction delivers permanent results.

That being said, it is possible to gain weight after liposuction. If this occurs, this weight will be distributed to fat cells in other areas of your body, which can result in an unbalanced figure. In order to maintain your liposuction results long term, you’ll need to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly to ensure you’re able to maintain a stable weight.

Myth: Liposuction Can Correct Sagging Skin

It is common to experience loose, sagging skin due to aging or significant weight loss. Liposuction simply removes excess fat; it doesn’t tighten loose, sagging skin in the process. For this reason, the best liposuction candidates have good skin elasticity. If you experience sagging skin and poor skin elasticity, Dr. Chiaramonte may recommend a skin tightening procedure in addition to liposuction to ensure you receive the best possible results.

Contact our Maryland Plastic Surgeon

Please contact Bella Cosmetic Surgery using the form on this page or call 301-567-6767 today to schedule a liposuction consultation. We serve patients in Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia.

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