2 Myths about liposuction Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that removes stubborn fat pockets from localized areas of the body. It is the most commonly performed procedure in the US. Despite its popularity, many people are unaware of the facts about liposuction. They often believe in the common myths about the surgery. The most common misconception about liposuction is that it is a weight loss method. In other words, many people believe that liposuction is their license to eat unhealthily. The fact is that liposuction is strictly a body contouring procedure and not a weight loss tool. The fat removed from the localized areas of the body is not considerable enough to make any significant change in your body weight. Secondly, many people believe that liposuction can get rid of the cellulite on their body. While liposuction eliminates the deep fat located below the skin, it does not remove the cellulite. In fact, liposuction may even make the cellulite worse. It may trigger the development of more depressions in your skin. Furthermore, some people also think that the fat removed during liposuction will develop again. Keep in mind that liposuction surgically removes the fat from the localized areas of your body. The likelihood of the fat returning is rare, especially when a board-certified plastic surgeon performs the surgery. Considerable weight gain after the surgery may trigger the development of fat pockets in other areas of your body; however, in rare cases, the fat may appear in the areas treated with liposuction. Another common myth is that liposuction is a very simple and straightforward procedure and that it does not hurt. You may not experience pain during the surgery due to the anesthesia; however, pain and discomfort are common during the recovery period. The intensity of pain depends on your tolerance level and how the surgery was performed. The pain can be managed with painkillers and will disappear after 24-72 hours. There are also many people who believe that they are too old to undergo liposuction. If you are in overall good health standing, your age will not matter when your candidacy for liposuction is determined. Even people in their 70s may qualify for liposuction if their health is stable and there are no serious health complications.