Common misconceptions about liposuction

Common misconceptions about liposuction

19th Sep 2017

On a worldwide level, liposuction is the second most performed plastic surgery intervention after the breast augmentation procedure. Unfortunately, the myths about this procedure have flooded the media. The time has come for you to be able to differentiate between myths and speculations and the truth.

Liposuction represents a plastic surgery intervention performed to contour the body better. During liposuction, fat deposits are eliminated and hence the waist, buttocks, hips, back, and the upper arms can be remodeled. Here are a few of the most commonly encountered misconceptions about liposuction:

1. There is no need to keep a balanced diet and an exercise plan if you undergo liposuction repeatedly.

Just like any other plastic surgery, a repetition of the initial intervention should be performed only if the surgery provided less than satisfactory results or if in time, external factors have led to the alteration of the results. This means that if you had a breast lift procedure in your 30s, you may retake it in your 50s due to gravity and the natural aging process that has affected your breasts. However, if you believe you can eat all you want, never exercise, and keep in shape by undergoing liposuction every few months, this is wrong. A responsible plastic surgeon will tell you that liposuction should be not used as a weight loss method or a substitute for diet and exercise. Through liposuction we can only remove subcutaneous fat layers, but when you put on weight, it is deposited all over the body, including around the organs. The plastic surgeon will advise you to change your unhealthy habits and keep a balanced diet with regular exercise to be able to sustain the results and prevent ulterior fat accumulation.

2. Fat deposits will be restored eventually after liposuction.

There are patients who come in and ask for a tummy tuck when all they need is a liposuction. Despite this, they refuse liposuction thinking the fat deposits will eventually return. This is not true. In the areas treated with liposuction, the adipose deposits are considerably reduced. The fat cells that were extracted won’t find their way back, unless the patient puts on a considerable effort to gain weight. Even after an ulterior weight gain, the areas treated will accumulate fat at a slower rate compared to areas of the body where liposuction was not performed.

3. Cellulite can be treated with liposuction

This has become a sort of false myth turned into fact even by some plastic surgeons looking to make more money. Cellulite can’t be treated with liposuction. If the surgeon advertises the technique as a treatment for cellulite, you should look for another specialist to play out your intervention. Cellulite is a skin condition caused by poor skin quality. Liposuction targets the fat deposits under the skin. In some cases, cellulite can be improved after liposuction, but it is just as true that cellulite can be accentuated after the procedure is performed. It is wrong for the plastic surgeon to promise you to cure cellulite with liposuction.

4. Liposuction is for women only.

There are male patients confronted with enlarged breasts and looking for a solution to treat this imperfection. When recommended liposuction, they are surprised to find out that the procedure can be performed on men as well. It might seem funny to discuss these issues, but they are a common occurrence nowadays. The patients believe they know all there is to know about this procedure, or find it difficult to accept that what they know might not be the truth. Liposuction not only corrects gynecomastia, but it is also commonly performed to improve the abdominal area and the flanks of male patients.

5. The results of liposuction are permanent.

Unfortunately, there are very few plastic surgery interventions that provide permanent results that won’t be impacted by the passing of time or other factors. The results after liposuction can be permanent, or at least long-lasting, if the patient follows the surgeon’s post-operative recommendations. The adipose cells that were removed won’t be able to regenerate, but there will be fat cells left in the body after the procedure is performed. To be able to sustain the results for longer, it is recommended to maintain a stable weight as much as possible.


Because it is one of the most frequently performed plastic surgeries, there are plenty of myths associated with liposuction. Some of them are so popular that many people believe them to be the ultimate truth. In some cases, it is even the plastic surgeons that sustain the wrong belief with the desire to get more clients and make more money. These practices should be discouraged.

Liposuction is a safe and efficient method to correct body imperfections, especially the ones associated with fat deposits in certain areas of the body. Liposuction can be performed with exquisite results for both men and women alike.

Keep in mind that liposuction is not a weight-loss method and can’t be a substitute for regular diet and exercise. It is also strongly discouraged to undergo liposuction often if you had satisfactory results after the initial intervention.

The results after liposuction can be permanent or long lasting, but patients need to follow their doctor’s advice to sustain the results of the procedure.

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