Most everyone has heard of liposuction, as it is a very popular procedure done to sculpt the body. However, despite its popularity, there are still many misconceptions regarding it. We have put together some of the most popular misconceptions, including the following:
Liposuction Can Treat Cellulite
Cellulite occurs when subcutaneous fat pushes connective tissues bands beneath the skin, causing dimples and bumps. Liposuction is only able to remove soft fatty tissue, so the fibrous connecting bands causing cellulite are not altered.
Liposuction Can Help you Lose Weight
Liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure. In fact, patients only lost about 2-5 pounds in total with their liposuction procedure. The best candidates are within 30% of a healthy weight range and have localized pockets of fat that they would like to eliminate.
Liposuction Can Treat Sagging Skin
While liposuction is meant to eliminate pockets of stubborn fat, it cannot tighten the skin. That is why ideal liposuction candidates will have good skin laxity, so their skin will bounce back after treatment. If you are someone will large amounts of sagging skin, a skin tightening procedure may be done along with liposuction.
Liposuction is Just for Women
While many women do choose to receive liposuction to sculpt their body, men can benefit from liposuction too! Common areas that men have treated with liposuction include the abdomen, love handles, and chest.
Liposuction is Dangerous
As with any form of surgery, liposuction does carry some risks. However, liposuction techniques have become increasingly sophisticated, and when performed by a board certified plastic surgeon, liposuction can be as safe as any other surgical procedure.
As you can see, there are many misconceptions about liposuction, but hopefully, we have cleared some of these up. If you are interested in learning more about liposuction in the Bloomfield Hills area, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ellen.