Popular myths about Liposuction
Dr. Vivekanand N Bhat
Lavelle road, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
Liposuction is the process through which excess fat is removed from different sites of the body. Basically a cosmetic surgery for body contouring, liposuction (also known as lipo) is today the most popular body sculpting process done throughout the globe. At the same time there are many myths around this cosmetic process. So here is a myth-buster for all those who are interested in or want to know more about liposuction!
Most Popular Myths And Facts About Liposuction:
Myth #1 Liposuction is only for women
Now we do know that anything related to cosmetic, in particular cosmetic surgery is something which we relate women with. But the fact remains that this is a one BIG myth. Like any other cosmetic surgery, liposuction too can be preformed on both males and females. In fact as more and more men are turning image consious, liposuction is seen by them as the best way to get the body they always dreamt of. Recent surverys has also shown that the gender gap is slowly blurring, and liposuction is no longer women’ forte alone.
Myth #2 Liposuction treats obesity
The answer is NO. Liposuction is just a body contouring process. So those of you who suffer from morbid obesity, should not be see lipo as a remedy for weight loss. It is just a body contouring process which is recommended to those who have problem in losing weight from one particular area through diet/ exercise. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommend liposuction for those people who are within the 30% of the range of their desired weight.
Myth #3 Cellulite can be lost by Liposuction
The fat below your skin which gives it an uneven and bumpy look is called cellulite. This fat is not harmful for your health and is not a sign of you being overweight. And most of all, it is not removed through liposuction. Though there are high chances that after the surgery its appearance might look tamed, cellulite is not lost in any way by this process.
In case cellulite is your main concern, then it recommended that you make changes in your diet, engage in regular physical activities.
Myth #4 The fat removed by Lipo will emerge on other area of your body
This surely is one of the funniest presumptions a lot of people have. Fat is in fact removed from your body through liposuction, and in case you experience emergence of fat in some other body part then this is because the unburnt calories are distributed proportionately through out the body. So fat emerging in new area, and liposuction has not at all interrelated in any way. In fact if you maintain your weight post-liposuction you will not face such a situation at all.
Myth #5 Tummy tuck and Liposuction are the one and the same
Tummy tuck and Liposuction are two different things. Tummy tuck removes abdominal skin and tightens the abdominal muscles while liposuction deals with targeted fat removal and is not meant for eliminating stretch marks, extra skin or tightening of the abdominal muscles. In fact tummy tuck is more suitable for those who want solution for loose skin / stretched muscle tissue and not fat.
Myth #6 You can resume your exercise regime soon after the surgery
Depending on the amount of liposuction done and the manner in which your body responds to the surgery, your recovery period can be determined. Another thing which you need to bear in mind is that everyone’s body responds differently to the recovery process. So there are high chances that you might take a few days extra to recover as compared to someone who has undergones the same procedure. This is why you are not supposed to resume your exercise regime soon after the surgery. Most of the times doctors recommend rest from physically straining activities for a week. In case the amount of liposuction done is very small 3 days of rest is recommended. Thus it is upto your body and doctor to decide what will be the right time to go back to your exercise routine.
Myth #7 There is an age limit for Lipo
This is not at all true. As they say age is just a number, and if the doctor deems you fit for lipo you can very easily get it done. There are innumerable cases wherein people who are in their late 70s and 80s have undergone liposuction without any complications.
So these are some of the popular myths about liposuction. You can consult the right cosmetologist and get all your doubts and myths cleared about this body contouring process and get the body image you were looking for.