Top Five Common Misconceptions About Liposuction

It’s for People Who Want to Lose Weight

Thanks to movies and other media portrayals, patients may think that their excess weight can be eliminated with a simple zapping and some suction. Contrary to this belief, liposuction is not meant to be used as a weight-loss tool.The truth is that there is no easy solution when trying to lose weight; this surgery is no exception.

While the procedure does remove fat from the body, liposuction is designed for body contouring rather than reducing the size of your jeans. Excess fat pockets can exist in different areas, including the abdomen, thighs, arms, and hips. These pockets are hard to target through diet and exercise and may persist despite all efforts. Liposuction can remove the excess fat in these areas to shape your body and give it a better appearance.

If you are wondering whether you are a good candidate for liposuction, take a look at your body weight percentage. The ideal liposuction patient is within 30 percent of their optimal body weight and generally happy with the way they look. Your doctor will determine your eligibility during your consultation.

It’s a Cellulite Eraser

Cellulite fat is different from deep excess fat. It sits just below the surface of the skin within the connective tissue. Those bumps and puckers are caused by the fat pushing against the tissue.

Liposuction doesn’t actually target cellulite; rather, it focuses on the excess fat found in the deep tissue. It won’t erase cellulite, but it may lessen the look of cellulite in your problem areas.

It’s Only for Women

The number of men utilizing plastic surgery grows every year and liposuction is one of the top surgical procedures performed on men. Contrary to popular belief, men have image issues just like women. They are subject to bullying or teasing through their teenage years. They also want to look good physically to be more attractive to a potential partner.

A key difference between men and women are the liposuction target areas. While the procedure can be performed on any part of the body, men tend to target their abdomen, back, waist, and chest.

It Gives Permanent Results

Most cosmetic procedures can be undone if the patient doesn’t take proper care of themselves. Bad habits, such as a lack of exercise and poor diet, can lead to a replacement of the excess fat pockets that liposuction removes.

It’s Dangerous and Should Be Used as a Last Resort

Plastic surgery techniques have come a long way in the past several years. What used to carry high risks now have only minimal risks.

Of course, liposuction is not something that can be performed by just anyone. It takes a trained specialist who is board-certified to remove excess fat without causing significant internal damage. There are risks and possible complications involved in any surgery, so it’s important that you discuss those with your doctor during your consultation.

Liposuction at Christopher J. Davidson Plastic Surgery

Our facility offers three different methods of performing this surgery: suction-assisted liposuction (SAL), power-assisted liposuction (PAL), and ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL). All of these methods are done through tiny incisions around the target areas. Here’s a brief breakdown on how each works”

  • Suction-Assisted – This is the method that is traditionally used and what most patients think of when they envision liposuction surgery. A thin, hollow tube (cannula) is inserted and manually loosens fat by moving back and forth. The fat is then suctioned out through this tube.
  • Power-Assisted – This method works similarly to SAL, but special equipment is used to give the cannula extra power for breaking up the fat. It typically requires less force and can do about forty times the work of traditional SAL.
  • Ultrasound-Assisted –This method uses high-frequency ultrasound energy to rupture your fat cells prior to removal. It can be done with an ultrasound attachment at the end of the canulla, but more often it is done with an ultrasound probe followed by the canulla to suck out the liquefied fat.

Patients can expect to see their results almost immediately, especially after the swelling has subsided. Total recovery may take several months, but patients can generally return to normal activities after a week.

Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation Today!

If you are interested in finding out if you are a candidate for liposuction, contact our office in Wellesley, MA, to schedule an appointment. We can be reached by phone at (781) 237-7700, or by our patient contact page. You’ll receive a personal response from our highly trained staff.

Dr. Christopher Davidson is a Harvard-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience. He has received recognition from his colleagues and, more importantly, his patients for his natural looking results. Dr. Davidson can also perform most of his procedures on an outpatient basis at his state-of-the-art surgery facility in Wellesley. He will be able to answer any questions you may have about our wide variety of procedures offered during your consultation.

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