The Myths about Liposuction

Fat That Is Treated With Liposuction Can Be Treated With Diet and Exercise
No, liposuction is meant to remove pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. Trouble bodily areas that typically do not respond well to diet and exercise include the stomach, hips, back, and waist. People interested in liposuction should be within 15 pounds of their ideal weight. Though, there are select cases involving people who are obese that may benefit from large volume liposuction.

Only Cosmetic Surgeons are Trained in Liposuction
No. There are many types of physicians that have received training and advertise for the liposuction procedure. However, the extent of training varies among phyisicians. Plastic surgeons receive advanced training in cosmetic procedures and also receive training in the anesthetics that may be used in liposuction such as local anesthesia and sedation.

All Plastic Surgeons are Skilled in Large Volume Liposuction for the Obese
No, only a select number of plastic surgeons are trained in large volume liposuction and a limited number perform over 100 procedures per year.

Tummy Tuck Is the Only Choice for a Stomach with a Roll, Post Pregnancy
No, liposuction may provide a satisfactory result for a stomach roll. In addition, liposuction offers some skin retraction which reduces the outward appearance of the abdomen. The tummy tuck will tighten the abdominal muscles when necessary, but the tummy tuck is not required for stomach rolls.

Adequate Breast Reduction Surgery May Only Be Accomplished Through Surgical Mammoplasty
Not necessarily true. Liposuction may be used in breast reduction surgery, particularly in women that are interested in losing 1-2 cup sizes. The use of liposuction in mammoplasty also partly depends upon the consistency and quantity of glandular fat. The benefit of liposuction mammoplasty is that the procedure is less invasive and is associated with less risk than the surgical excision of fat.

Liposuction is Performed under General Anesthesia
No, liposuction is performed under local anesthesia and in some cases, sedation. Sedation agents may serve as an anesthetic as well as provide a semi-conscious state for the procedure. Tumescent liposuction uses lidocaine at the injection point which provides an anesthetic benefit at the injection point.

Liposuction is for the Face
Not always. Liposuction for the face requires the use of a very small cannula. A cannula is a hollow tube that is inserted under the skin to assist with fat removal. If you are interested in liposuction for the face, inquire if the plastic surgeon is equipped to perform liposuction on the face.


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