Liposuction is one of the most casually referred to, and possibly most misunderstood, surgical procedures out there. Even Plastic Surgeons make comments such as, “Oooh.. I ate way too many cookies. Gonna need some liposuction for that!” But the average consumer knows very little about liposuction- how it works, and what it can, and can’t do. Today I’m going to clear up some of the misconceptions.
1. Liposuction can’t help you lose weight. I think people sort of know this one, but they don’t realize how limited lipo really is. “Large-volume” liposuction is defined as lipo that removes more than 5L of fat. This results in major fluid shifts in patients, increasing the risk of pulmonary edema. Patients who have this much fat removed have to be admitted to the hospital overnight for observation, so it’s a pretty big deal. 5L sounds like a lot, but it’s only 11 pounds. Not gonna do the job if you need to lose 20 or 30 pounds.
2. Liposuction is not a fast fix. It’s true that most patients go home the same day. But most patients also have significant brusing and swelling that takes weeks to go down. They also have to wear compression garments postoperatively for 6 weeks, So if you’re thinking of getting liposuction for a special event, you should plan several months ahead of time.
3. Liposuction is best for spot reducing problem areas. That little belly you still have when you’re at your goal weight? That’s what lipo is perfect for. Those saddle bags over your hips? Also good. Making your thighs thinner- not as good.
4. You don’t have to be a size 6 to benefit from liposuction. But you should be at a stable weight, and relatively close to your goal weight. It doesn’t make sense to spend money and time recovering if you’re planning to lose another 20lbs, some of which may come off those problem areas. But if you’re happy with the weight you’re at and you just have a problem area or two, lipo can help, even if you’re a size 16.
Do you have any questions about liposuction? Have you had any experience with liposuction?