According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the number of liposuction procedures grew 5 percent in 2017, making it the second most popular cosmetic surgical procedure of the year. Despite the increase in popularity, liposuction continues to be misunderstood by many. Here, Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. Donald Hause clears up the most common misconceptions about liposuction.
Liposuction Is Good for Weight Loss
Contrary to what many people believe, liposuction is not meant to be a weight loss tool. The procedure is designed to refine “problem areas” with small, stubborn deposits of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. In addition, the best candidates for liposuction are individuals who are at or close to their ideal weight.
Liposuction Can Remove Loose, Excess Skin
Liposuction is strictly a fat removal procedure; it cannot remove or treat loose, excess skin. If you are bothered by loose, excess skin, your plastic surgeon may recommend another procedure, such as tummy tuck or body lift. These procedures excise loose skin and tighten the remaining skin and underlying tissues for a firmer and tighter appearance. Lift procedures are often combined with liposuction for more comprehensive results.
Liposuction Treats Cellulite
Cellulite occurs when bands of fibrous tissue push into pockets of fat, creating lumps that result in a dimpled appearance on the skin. Because cellulite is not fat, it cannot be treated by liposuction. In some cases, liposuction can actually worsen the appearance of cellulite. Some plastic surgeons may recommend combining liposuction with a lift procedure (e.g., tummy tuck) to remove and tighten loose skin. Keep in mind that this can improve the appearance of cellulite, but only slightly.
Liposuction Is Not Permanent
The results of liposuction are considered to be permanent, as the fat cells in the target area that are destroyed during the procedure cannot grow back. However, future weight gain is possible. Patients should exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet in order to maintain their slimmer physique.
Learn More about Liposuction from Dr. Hause
If you have questions about liposuction, including whether you are an appropriate candidate for the procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hause. Contact Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery by calling (916) 6646-6869 or emailing us today.