Liposuction as we know it today was elaborated way back in the 1970s. Since then the technique has undergone various refinements and technical advances but the basic principles are largely the same. Today, liposuction is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure performed by plastic surgeons all over the world. However, liposuction is also associated with the maximum number of taboos, myths and misconceptions. Rather than going into the mundane procedural details, I shall attempt to bust the various myths linked to liposuction.
Myth 1 – “I can lose significant weight with liposuction” or “Liposuction is a tool for weight loss”
Ideally, liposuction is not a tool for weight loss but an excellent tool for body contouring. After liposuction, you will primarily lose inches and will achieve a more desirable body shape. If significant amount of fat is removed, then you may notice some change on your weighing scale. However, this weight loss is not equal to the volume of fat removed i.e. if 5 litres of fat is removed then you may not necessarily lose 5 kgs weight; instead you may lose approximately 3-4 kgs weight only.
Myth 2 – “Liposuction is not a surgery”
Liposuction is a surgical procedure; and there is no two ways about it! Although the incisions may be very small as in a “minimal access surgery” you must realize that a much larger area of your body is being operated upon from within.
Myth 3 – “Liposuction and tummy-tuck are the same”
Liposuction removes the unwanted fat from almost any part of the body, abdomen (tummy) included. On the other hand, a tummy-tuck removes not only fat but also extra lax skin from the abdomen and also corrects the muscle laxity or hernia, if any. Thus, liposuction is a part of a tummy-tuck procedure but not the same.