5 Common Liposuction Myths

Submitted by Dr. Joyesh Raj on Tue 09/25/2018 - 09:00

One of the most frequently performed plastic surgeries in the United States, liposuction can help slim and reshape problem areas of the body. Despite it being such a common cosmetic procedure, several myths about the surgery persist. In this blog post, Westlake, Ohio plastic surgeon Dr. Joyesh Raj debunks some of the common myths about liposuction.          

Top Liposuction Myths

The most common misconceptions about liposuction procedures are regarding what the procedure can and cannot do for your body. Liposuction is an effective way of removing stubborn pockets of fat, but it is not a magic pill that will address every cosmetic concern. Here are three common and persistent myths about the procedure:

  • Liposuction helps you lose weight – only two to five pounds of fat are usually lost during liposuction. The surgery is designed to shape and sculpt, rather than remove excessive weight.
  • Liposuction removes cellulite – cellulite is caused by connective tissue beneath the skin, and cannot be fixed by removing fat.
  • Liposuction fixes saggy skin – when the skin loses elasticity due to sudden weight loss or natural aging, it begins to sag. Skin tightening procedures can help remedy this, but liposuction on its own will not fix this problem.

Laser Liposuction is Best

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, talent trumps technique. While laser liposuction might be the best option for one patient, traditional liposuction might be more conducive to another patient’s needs. The most important step in deciding what technique is best for you, is to find a board certified plastic surgeon. Only an experienced surgeon will be able to help you figure out which type of procedure is the right fit for your lifestyle and cosmetic goals.

Liposuction is Permanent

While it’s true that liposuction permanently removes fat cells, it’s up to you to maintain your body’s new contours. Eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and exercising regularly will ensure you keep off the fat. People who have trouble maintaining a healthy body weight should consider other options for weight loss for this reason.

Only a board certified plastic surgeon can help you decide if liposuction is right for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Joyesh Raj, call (440) 808-8030.