Liposuction is one of the most misunderstood surgeries out there. People say it’s dangerous, or that it’s ineffective for getting rid of fat. Others say getting a liposuction means you’re vain or insecure.
But these are just myths. Here, we’ll walk you through some of the common misconceptions about liposuction so that you can make an informed decision.
Liposuction is not about weight loss. It’s about shaping and sculpting the body in certain areas, so that you can achieve the shape you want.
It won’t help you lose weight, but it can help you clear away excess fat after you’ve lost weight.
This is a strange myth, but it just won’t go away. Some people believe that the fat from a liposuction simply pops back up somewhere else on your body.
When you get a liposuction with us here in Orange County, you are removing fat cells in a specific area of your body. If you eat poorly after your surgery, your body will gain fat. But there won’t be as much fat stored in the area where you had the liposuction. Why? There aren’t as many cells to store fat. Instead, this new fat will be stored in other parts of your body.
This creates the appearance that your body is distributing the fat from the liposuctioned area to the rest of your body. But in reality you’ve just gained more fat. That’s why it’s crucial to exercise and eat properly after a liposuction.
Cellulite lies just below the skin. A liposuction removes deep fat, and so it will do nothing to get rid of cellulite.
Liposuction is a safe and fairly quick procedure. But there is still some pain involved. If you show up expecting the whole procedure and recovery to be pain free, you may be in for a surprise.
Fortunately, liposuction pain can be managed with medication. But you will have some discomfort in the days and weeks following the procedure.
Remember, liposuction is not an effective weight loss surgery. You can’t expect a surgeon to be able to suck out pounds and pounds of fat.
Instead, liposuction is great for those who have already lost weight, but still have that stubborn fat that is hard to get rid of with exercise. With liposuction, you can contour specific areas so that you get that shape that exercise alone won’t give you.
A good candidate for a liposuction is someone who is in good health. And good health often has little to do with age. There are many 65 year olds who are much healthier than most people in their 30’s.
If you want your liposuction to be a success, you’re going to need to be in good health. That will increase the chances that you recover quickly and don’t immediately regain the fat.
Older patients do struggle more with invasive procedures, so there can be an increased risk of complications. Speak to your doctor about your goals and overall health. For many older patients, a liposuction is still possible, as long as extra caution is taken.
Although more women than men choose to get liposuctions, the procedure is not exclusive to the women. In fact, there are plenty of men that choose to undergo the procedure, especially to remove fat deposits in the love handles and abdomen areas.
And you won’t need a surgeon that specializes in one sex or the other. The procedure is just about the same, regardless of the sex of the patient.
Remember, liposuction is about shaping and sculpting specific areas, not removing large volumes of fat.
The more fat you remove, the more risk you put yourself at for complications such as bumps or irregularities.
When done by an experienced plastic surgeon, liposuction is a quick and safe procedure. However, when performed by a surgeon without the proper training, it can be quite dangerous, and cause serious medical and cosmetic damage.
You want to choose a surgeon who will discuss the procedure with you at length before you ever set foot in the OR. And you’ll want a surgeon who has the proper board-certification.
Dr. Klicker conducts an extensive consultation, so that he understands what you hope to achieve from the procedure. And he has all of the training and certification you’d expect from a top rated Orange County plastic surgeon.