Busting the Myths of Liposuction
Is liposuction used for weight loss? If you’re overweight, can you have liposuction and then go back to eating all the fattening foods you want? What about exercise – you’ll never have to do that again, right? These and many other myths about liposuction have made their way around the world. Liposuction is a very common surgery but make no mistake, it is a surgery, and as such, should be taken seriously. You should still be doing plenty of homework beforehand, including understanding exactly what liposuction is (and isn’t).
Liposuction is a good weight loss tool
If you are trying to lose a large amount of weight, Liposuction is not the procedure for you. The proper use is for this procedure is for body-contouring, which means removing the stubborn fat that won’t go away with diet or exercise. It is best for people who are at a healthy, stable weight.
Liposuction doesn’t hurt
Liposuction is still a surgical procedure so yes, there will be some pain. You will still experience pain, swelling and bruising, but this discomfort is a relatively short-lived process and can be managed with pain relief medication.
Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck do the same thing
Liposuction is a great way to get rid of fat, but it will not get rid of stretched marks or extra skin, and will not bring together stretched abdominal muscles. If you have significant amounts of fat a tummy tuck and liposuction are usually combined.
Liposuction is a quick fix solution
The results you get from liposuction should be long-lasting, but it will take effort to make the results last. The surgery doesn’t remove every trace of fat from the body. If you stop eating a balanced, healthy diet or stop exercising, you are likely to gain the weight back.
You will see results instantly
The tiny vessels that remove fluid from tissues are significantly damaged during liposuction. It is this reason that swelling can last a long time after surgery. Some patients will see results one to three months after surgery but it typically takes up to a year for final results to appear once all the swelling has gone down.
You can get back to work and exercise straight away
Every patient is different, and it will depend on how much lipo you have done, but there is still a recovery period. You can expect to be taking a week or so off, depending on your line of work, and a few months off from the gym.
Your surgeon will advise you on the recommended recovery time.
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