The Most Common Misconceptions About Liposuction

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Liposuction mythsLiposuction is among the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures — and also one of the most misunderstood. As a top Sacramento plastic surgeon, Dr. Debra Johnson has met with many men and women interested in liposuction, and in the process, has cleared up many misconceptions. She sets the record straight on the most common ones in this blog post.

Liposuction Is Weight Loss Surgery

Not to be confused with weight loss surgery, liposuction is designed to only treat pockets of localized fat that do not respond well to diet and exercise. The best candidates for liposuction are individuals who are within 30 percent of a healthy weight range and have “problem areas” they want to refine.

Liposuction Tightens Loose Skin and Removes Excess Skin

Liposuction is strictly a fat removal procedure; it cannot remove or treat loose, excess skin. In some cases, liposuction can worsen the appearance of lax skin. The best candidates for liposuction are individuals with good skin elasticity and little to no excess skin. If you are bothered by loose, excess skin, you may be a suitable candidate for a skin tightening procedure, such as tummy tuck or body lift. Lift procedures can be combined with liposuction for more transformative results.

Liposuction Treats Cellulite

Cellulite occurs when subcutaneous fat pushes connective tissue bands beneath the skin, resulting in a dimpled appearance on the skin. Liposuction does not treat cellulite; it only treats soft, fatty tissue and leaves the connective tissue bands responsible for cellulite intact.

Fat Will Return After Liposuction

Once fat is removed by liposuction, it cannot return. However, this does not mean that weight gain is impossible after liposuction. The fat cells that remain in other body areas can regenerate and result in weight gain. The best way to maintain your results is to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

Contact Our Sacramento Plastic Surgeon

If you would like to learn more about liposuction, don’t hesitate to reach out and schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Johnson. Contact us by calling (916) 929-1833 or emailing us today.