5 Liposuction Myths Debunked: What is Really Possible With Liposuction Procedures?

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Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the US. The liposuction specialist at MyShape Lipo clarifies 5 of the most common misconceptions regarding the liposuction procedures. Patients don't need to be the "ideal candidate" to experience dramatic results from liposuction.

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Patients don't need to be the "ideal candidate" to experience dramatic results from liposuction.

Liposuction is by far the most popular cosmetic procedure in the US. Over 500,000 procedures are performed each year and nearly $1.6 billion is spent on liposuction procedures. Yet there are still many huge misconceptions about who can get the procedure and what the potential results will be. The reasons for the rapid increase in liposuction popularity is quite simple: better results, quicker recovery, permanent change, and affordable prices. Despite a tepid economy, these drivers are leading people to feel better about themselves with body contouring. Below, Trevor Schmidt PA-C, the Liposuction Specialist at MyShape Lipo explains the top 5 misconceptions that people have regarding liposuction procedures. His opinion is based on over 8000 liposuction procedures performed.

Myth #1: Patients have to be within 10-15 pounds of your ideal weight.
Many liposuction surgeons tell their patients that they have to be within 10-15 pounds of their ideal weight for optimal results. While this may be true for optimal results, this by no means should exclude the rest of patients from having liposuction. In fact, the more fat you have, the bigger the change that can be accomplished. Despite not being the ideal candidate, one can accomplish life changing results with liposuction. The key to getting the results that you are looking for, is to have realistic expectations about what is possible given each individuals limitations.

Myth #2: Liposuction is only for small localized areas.
There are countless patients that are told that liposuction is only for small localized areas. Again, this may be true for the “ideal candidate,” but it should not discourage those that have bigger problems to address. The truth is that liposuction is the removal of fat and can be performed on nearly any part of the body with an abundance of fat. This includes: Chin, neck, arms, upper back, breasts, underarms, full abdomen, love handles, hips, lower back, full thighs, pubic, butt, calves and ankles. The reason many doctors say a patient can not have liposuction in a particular area is likely due to their lack of experience working in that area.

Myth #3: Once the fat is removed your skin will be left sagging.
This is a very common sales tactic that most plastic surgeons use so they can up sell patients to have a tummy tuck procedure. The truth is that once fat is removed from a given area, the skin normally will retract to similar tightness of the skin prior to liposuction, except the volume in the area will be much less. So if you have very tight skin prior to the procedure, your skin will be tight after the procedure as well. In contrast, if you have very loose skin before, then it will remain loose after. There are many people that are very happy with a significant reduction in size and happy to look better in their clothes. If you are concerned about loose skin, MyShape Lipo offers Laser Skin Tightening services for those with loose skin, who want the best skin retraction after liposuction.

Myth #4: You will gain the weight back after liposuction.
Most studies agree that fat cells do not reproduce, rather they shrink or swell depending on a persons weight gain or loss. Since liposuction is the physical removal of fat cells, patients are left with a 50%-70% reduction in the number of fat cells they have in a treated area. Because not all of the fat cells in a treated area are removed, there will still be some cells left that could get larger, but theoretically it will be much more difficult to gain weight in that area since there are significantly less fat cells.

Myth #5: Liposuction requires weeks of downtime.
This may have been true in the 80’s, but with current technologies and the use of the Tumescent Liposuction Technique, the recovery is very quick. In fact, most patients are able to return to a sedentary job within 1-3 days. While you will be sore after the procedure you will not be incapacitated and will definitely be able to work a desk job. Patients normally return to full activities including gym work outs within 2 weeks.

It may be true that “ideal candidates” for liposuction get ideal results, but it’s the other 98% of people that get liposuction who are the ones that are getting the dramatic, life changing results. If you have excess fat that is resistant to diet or exercise, then liposuction can likely help you attain the results you are looking for.

To find out if liposuction is right for you, contact the liposuction specialists. MyShape Lipo is a liposuction specialty clinic located in Las Vegas, NV, serving patients from around the country. With the experience of over 8000 procedures, the team at MyShape Lipo has helped patients of all shapes and sizes. View their photo gallery at http://www.MyShapeLipo.com to see what is possible with liposuction. Call 702-818-5476 for a complimentary in person or phone consultation.

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