We hear rumors about liposuction myths at our Newport Beach plastic surgery practice all the time. Some give it too much credit or too much blame but in general they are just plain confusing! In order to clear the air a little, here are few debunked liposuction myths:
MYTH – Liposuction is great for getting rid of cellulite. Oh we wish this was true but alas it is not. Liposuction is primarily done to remove deep pockets of fat not the superficial cellulite that plagues the best of us. There are other treatments for cellulite such as Cellulaze but liposuction should not be done to get rid of cellulite.
MYTH – Liposuction is a good weight loss tool. We hate to disappoint our Newport Beach clients who come in hoping liposuction will be the weight loss magic that they have been searching for but the truth is, liposuction is not a great weight loss tool. It will adequately remove stubborn, deep pockets of fat that seem to hang on despite weight loss and exercise but if you have a lot of weight to lose, you need to do it before considering liposuction. It is more of a body contouring procedure and it is not safe nor effective for large amounts of weight loss.
MYTH – Liposuction doesn’t hurt. Liposuction is not crippling but it’s not some minor procedure that allows you to go back to work the next day either. The truth is, releasing and suctioning out all that subcutaneous fat is pretty rough and you may be hating your plastic surgeon for the first few days after having a liposuction procedure…that is, until you see the final results! Soreness, swelling and bruising are common and should be expected after liposuction. Severe pain, however, is unusual so if you’re experiencing severe pain after liposuction contact your surgeon immediately.
MYTH – I’m too old for liposuction. Liposuction can work for all ages as long as you’re in general good health. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, smoking or other medical conditions, not your age, are main determining factors as to whether or not you are a good candidate for liposuction. Here in Newport Beach we’ve done many liposuctions on seventy year olds with good success.