Liposuction is among one of the most common procedures we perform here by Dr. Charles A. Wallace, M.D.. Even so, there are a number of people who avoid having liposuction because they believe one of the many myths surrounding it. Others become discouraged with their results because they have unrealistic expectations. To determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction, it is important to understand the myths and facts surrounding it.

Myth: Liposuction is not “real surgery”
Fact: While it’s true that liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis, it does require the use of local anesthesia and several incisions. Although rare, complications can and do occur, so patients who are considering liposuction should be aware of the possible risks beforehand.

Myth: Liposuction will permanently eliminate fat
Fact: Liposuction removes some fat cells, but leaves others intact. If you gain weight in the future, these fat cells could increase in size, in which case you could find yourself with just as much fat as you once had. As such, you must be committed to maintaining your weight if you are to continue noticing results.

Myth: Liposuction can help me lose weight
Fact: The amount of fat you can lose through liposuction is minimal, which means this procedure is only recommended for those who are at or near their targeted weight.

Myth: I can eliminate cellulite through liposuction
Fact: Removing fat will naturally result in a smoother appearance, and can, therefore, make cellulite less visible. Cellulite is actually subcutaneous fat that appears bumpy because it is pressed against connective tissue. Treating the connective bands underneath the skin is required in order to completely eliminate the appearance of cellulite. If you are concerned about cellulite, please speak with Dr. Wallace to find out what other treatment options are available.

Myth: Liposuction is effective at removing visceral fat
Fact: Visceral fat, which is the fat that surrounds your organs, cannot be removed through liposuction. Only subcutaneous fat, which is the fat directly beneath the skin, is removed during a liposuction procedure. If you desire abdominal liposuction, it is important to determine which type of fat you primarily have; otherwise, you are likely to be disappointed with your results. It is entirely possible to achieve good results from abdominal liposuction if you make a conscious effort to reduce visceral fat through diet and exercise first.

What Liposuction Can Do
Although there are several things that liposuction cannot do, there are also several things it can do, including:

• Reducing body proportions
• Helping your clothes to fit better
• Reducing the amount of scarring as compared to other body contouring procedures
• Providing greater self-esteem
• Providing better contours and evening out areas that are disproportionate to one another

Liposuction is not a miracle cure for obesity, nor will it provide you with the perfect body. However, it is an effective method of helping you look and feel your best. To find out what type of results you could expect through liposuction, please contact Dr. Wallace for a free consultation.