Questions and answers about liposuction

Questions and answers about liposuction

13th Apr 2017


Liposuction is among the most frequently performed plastic surgery interventions around the world. Due to its popularity, numerous articles about plastic surgery interventions have been published online and in print. These write-ups provide details on different types of cosmetic procedures; however, not all of these features are written by specialists or plastic surgery experts. As such, much of the information that can be found in these articles are misrepresented; most especially if they were acquired from dubious sources.

Since we believe that an informed patient is well-conditioned for surgery, we decided to present more truthful facts about liposuction in the form of questions and answers.

Before anything else, it is essential to mention that liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure performed to contour the body by eliminating fat deposits that are resistant to diet and physical exercise. The waist, hips, buttocks, upper and lower back, upper arms, thighs and even the chin are areas that can be remodeled with the help of liposuction.

This technique can offer amazing results when it is performed on the right kind of patient. As is the case with any other surgical intervention, aside from the multiple benefits, there are also certain risks involved. We recommend our patients to come to a decision based on their evaluation and careful assessment of the advantages and possible complications of the surgery.

The risks are dependent on a variety of factors that include the technique used (classic liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction etc.), the type of anesthesia necessary, the body surface that will receive treatment, the quantity of fat to be extracted, the general health condition of the patient and also the choice of plastic surgeon. In these situations, it is important to be as informed as possible and to have realistic expectations from the surgery.

Here are a few answers to questions about liposuction:

1. Can liposuction be used instead of diet and physical exercise?

While some people tend to assume that they can use liposuction as an occasional weight loss method, in reality, diet and exercise are still the healthiest and most effective means to lose weight. This is particularly true in situations where the patient wants to lose a considerable amount of weight. Liposuction is not meant to be utilized as a weight loss method since its primary objective is to contour the body after the patient has maintained a stable and ideal weight. This plastic surgery intervention will make you look more appealing by eliminating fat deposits from areas that are unaffected by exercise, sports, diets or bariatric surgery. Without a doubt, you will shed a few pounds after the surgery as a result of the removal of fat. Unfortunately, it impossible for an obese patient to reach a normal weight by simply undergoing liposuction as this intervention is used only to sculpt the body and eliminate stubborn fat tissue in areas that are impossible to target with exercise.

A balanced diet and a reasonable level of physical activity will help you maintain the results of the liposuction and may even improve them in time.

2. Do the fat deposits return after liposuction?

Even though liposuction removes fat cells, it does not offer permanent results. Your plastic surgeon, regardless of his clinical experience or talent, cannot eliminate all the adipose tissue present in the areas where liposuction will be performed. After liposuction, consuming more calories than you can burn with your daily physical activities can lead to the development of new fat deposits. This new growth of adipose tissue may not necessarily accumulate in the areas where liposuction had been performed but you can certainly acquire fat deposits in other areas of the body. Even if you gain weight after liposuction, you will notice that your body is still more proportionate than it was before the procedure was performed.

3. Can liposuction be a fast solution for obesity treatment?

Removing larger quantities of fat with the help of liposuction can be done but it entails certain risks. A responsible plastic surgeon will refuse to perform liposuction on you if your goal is weight loss. Liposuction only deals with subcutaneous fat and when we talk about obesity, keep in mind that it also involves the buildup of visceral fat that cannot be removed with the help of any existing plastic surgery procedure.

Obese patients should never consider using liposuction to attain a normal weight as this may do more harm than good. If someone insists on undergoing the procedure, remember that removing more than the recommended amount of fat per session can cause life-threatening complications. Obese patients who want a liposuction to improve the aspects of one area of the body should be aware that the results of the intervention can only be maintained by having a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

4. Is liposuction a plastic surgery intervention suitable just for women?

Men can also benefit from a liposuction, but it is a well-known fact that women are more inclined to undergo liposuction than men. Male fat deposits are more concentrated on their abdomen and chest as opposed to women whose adipose tissues accumulate around their arms and thighs. This distinct pattern prompts men to request abdominal or waist liposuction, as well as breast liposuction to correct gynecomastia. Liposuction is an efficient method to improve the contour of the abdomen, especially if you are working out at the gym and you want a more defined six-pack.


While liposuction is a common cosmetic procedure and pertinent information about the surgery can be found in abundance online, there are still plenty of unanswered questions about it. Many people are left confused after reading contradictory articles about liposuction that were written by individuals with no medical experience or knowledge. While some of these misconceptions may be entertaining, finding correct information about your plastic surgery procedures is vital to the success of the intervention. Therefore, it is prudent to validate the information in these articles by consulting a licensed plastic surgeon.


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