Liposuction may be one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed today, but there is plenty of misinformation circulating about this common procedure. If you are considering liposuction to enhance your body profile, you need to get the truth about the procedure. Here are some of the most popular myths about liposuction and the facts behind them.
Myth 1: Liposuction is a weight loss treatment.
Some people pursue liposuction because they think it is a way to slim down the figure, but that is not the case. This procedure is designed to remove small, isolated pockets of fat from areas like the waist, thighs and hips. It is typically recommended for individuals that have already achieved a healthy weight and have focused areas of fat accumulations that do not respond to their diet and exercise efforts.
Myth 2: Liposuction is a one-size-fits-all procedure.
There are many different techniques that can be used to perform liposuction today. The right procedure will depend on the specific area to be treated, the amount of fat to be removed and the personal preference of the patient and surgeon. Because there are multiple techniques to choose from, the procedure can be tailored to the unique needs of the patient to produce the best possible outcome.
Myth 3: Liposuction is not “real” surgery.
Liposuction is performed under local or general anesthesia, and it requires small incisions to insert the narrow catheter that removes the fat cells. Most patients need a few days of downtime to rest and recuperate from the procedure before they feel like returning to work and other activities. There might also be some bruising and swelling after liposuction, which can keep you from seeing your full results until those side effects subside.
Myth 4: Liposuction works on stretch marks and cellulite.
Liposuction is not a good choice for reducing the appearance of stretch marks or cellulite. In some cases, a tummy tuck can remove stretch marks between the navel and pubic line. Lift procedures can often reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite along the thighs and buttocks. Patients may request one of these procedures with liposuction to achieve multiple aesthetic goals in a single treatment session.
When it comes to the latest in liposuction techniques, Dr. John Millard is a pioneer in his field. Dr. Millard has developed innovative techniques to sculpt the body contour in a similar fashion to the way a sculptor models his clay. By carefully removing and shaping fat in the treatment area, Dr. Millard is able to achieve beautiful, dramatic results. To learn more about your choices in liposuction, contact Millard Plastic Surgery at 303-792-5665.