Liposuction has long been one of the most popular plastic surgeries, and 2011 was no different. The procedure was the third most common behind nose reshaping and breast augmentation and saw a 1 percent increase compared to 2010. Despite its prevalence, there are often misconceptions about the surgery. Clearing up some liposuction myths can ensure patients go under the knife well informed.
Perhaps the most widely-believed untruth about liposuction is that it is an effective way to lose weight. In terms of pounds, the amount of fat that can be safely removed through liposuction is relatively small. Instead, liposuction is best used to target certain areas of fat that diet and exercise can't target.
In a similar vein, some patients believe that once they have liposuction, the fat is gone forever. While it is certainly a good start, it doesn't mean you can ignore the importance of a healthy lifestyle after the procedure. In fact, a recent study found liposuction patients who don't stay physically fit after the surgery may experience a growth in visceral fat, CBS News reports.
Some prospective patients may think that liposuction is not that substantial of treatment compared to a tummy tuck procedure or breast implants. However, according to AboutPlasticSurgery.com, it is a serious surgery and some patients have to take several days off work.