Introduction Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that effectively removes stubborn fat deposits in localized areas to contour and sculpt your body. After the operation, certain aesthetic features such as the breasts, abdominal area, extremities, and the buttocks become proportionate and complement the patient’s overall figure. Furthermore, recent medical breakthroughs have also made this technique safer and more efficient. As a result, more people are inspired to undergo the procedure. Without a doubt, fat pockets not only makes a person appear bulky, but they are also visually unappealing. Fortunately, liposuction can solve this issue. The procedure involves the use of tiny cannulas connected with a suction pump to remove fat deposits from the body, which is inserted inside of the target areas through tiny incisions. The most common areas where stubborn fat deposits accumulate are the abdomen, sides, thighs, flanks, love handles, upper and lower back, buttocks, hips, calves, face and neck. Despite the innovations in liposuction over the last several decades and all the information available on the internet, there are still people who continue to cling to the same old myths about the surgery. In this article, we will debunk the top 4 myths about liposuction. Myth No. 1 – Liposuction is a weight loss method Since liposuction removes fat pockets from different areas of the body, most people incorrectly perceive it as a weight loss method that would help them quickly shed a few pounds. Additionally, there are many people who assume that the procedure will initiate a long-term weight loss process in the body. Both of these conjectures are incorrect. Liposuction has the sole goal of contouring the body, and it does so by removing small deposits of fat from specific areas. This surgical technique was never meant for weight loss and as such, it should be noted that the procedure is not advisable for obese individuals who are struggling to reduce their weight. In fact, obese patients would be required to shed a few pounds and stabilize their weight before becoming eligible for the surgery. For patients who weigh more than 200 lbs., 5 or 6 liters of fat can be removed during one session of liposuction. On the other hand, if the patient weighs 100 to 110 Ibs., only 1.5 liters of fat may be removed during a single liposuction session. Plastic surgeons don’t remove more than the standard amount of fat from the body because doing so can trigger fluid imbalance and other health complications. Also, removing more than the required amount of fat may make the body appear disproportionate. In a nutshell, liposuction is simply a body contouring procedure that cannot help you lose a substantial amount of weight. Myth No. 2 – Liposuction is a treatment for cellulite and dimpling As aforementioned, liposuction has only one goal: to contour the body by removing stubborn fat deposits from specific areas that do not respond to diet or exercise. The scope of this procedure does not include the removal of cellulite and dimpling of the skin. It is important for patients to understand that cellulite and dimpling are not actually triggered by fat accumulation in the area; rather, they appear as a result of injury to the connective tissues beneath your skin. It is not wise to use liposuction for the treatment of cellulite and dimpling. However, some people are adamant on the idea despite knowing the truth. It should be taken into account that if liposuction is performed on cellulite, it can damage the connective tissues further, which can lead to the development of even more cellulite and skin dimpling. Myth No. 3 – Recovery after liposuction involves unbearable pain Because liposuction involves the suctioning of fat deposits from underneath the skin through incisions, many people assume that the recovery period after liposuction will be unbearably painful. This is just a myth because the improvements in liposuction techniques, technologies, standards and processes have fine-tuned the surgery to make the recovery period more comfortable and smooth. The pain after liposuction ranges from very little to none. How much pain the patient can experience also depends on her pain tolerance level. However, most of the patients experience very little pain for the first 24 hours after the surgery. Moreover, the pain can be easily managed with pain relief medications. To manage any swelling-induced pain, your surgeon may tell you to make use of a cold compress. On the other hand, patients who experience unbearable pain after the surgery should contact their surgeons, because it could be indicative of infection or other health problems. Myth No. 4 – The results of liposuction are unconditionally permanent The effects of liposuction can be permanent, but not absolute. An unhealthy lifestyle and lack of exercise after the surgery can trigger the expansion of existing fat cells in your body, which may reverse the results you achieved with liposuction. Patients should bear in mind that liposuction doesn’t remove all fat cells from the patient’s body. In fact, some fat cells will even be left behind after the surgery. Furthermore, if your weight gain doesn’t stop and crosses a certain threshold, new fat cells will start to grow in your body. While the fat cell expansions and growth of new fat cells may not necessarily be in the areas treated via liposuction, they can still negatively affect your aesthetic appearance by making other areas of your body appear bulky. Therefore, you must make sure to stick to a healthy lifestyle and do regular exercises after liposuction. Conclusion Liposuction is an effective plastic surgery procedure for contouring your body. However, there are several misconceptions that revolve around the surgery which confuse patients who try to research information about the procedure. We disproved the top 4 myths about liposuction in this article, making it easy for prospective patients to understand the procedure and its goal. Liposuction is neither a weight loss method nor a treatment for cellulite. Moreover, recovery after the surgery is not extremely painful, and the results of liposuction are permanent as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise. This is why it is important to be informed about the procedure before even scheduling the appointment. Doing so will make it easier for you to decide whether or not plastic surgery is the best solution for you.