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7 Common Liposuction Myths

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Liposuction is one of the most high-demand surgeries all-over the globe. In fact, in a 2015 survey done by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, liposuction ranks next to breast augmentation when it comes to the number of surgeries done (over 1.3 million liposuction surgeries were done in 2015).

What is liposuction surgery?

Liposuction surgery (also called as “lipo”) is a surgical procedure that aims to reshape and slim certain areas of the body by getting rid of excess fat deposits. This procedure is a safe option for people who are struggling to achieve their desired body shape through exercise and diet alone. When excess fat deposits in unwanted areas are removed, one can achieve his/her desired body contour and proportion.

The Most Common Liposuction Myths

Although liposuction surgery has been around for years, there are still a lot of misconceptions about this procedure. The most common ones are the following:

Myth #1: Liposuction is a weight loss treatment.

In contrast to what many people think, liposuction is not a weight loss surgery; rather, it is a method for reshaping and contouring the body.

It is designed to get rid of pockets of stubborn fat. It won’t make you lose weight but it will change your body’s contour, giving it a leaner, smoother profile.

Liposuction is ideal for people who are or near their ideal body weight but carry unwanted fat deposits in areas like the thighs, hips and buttocks, abdomen, waist, upper arms, and back.

Myth #2: Liposuction is only for women.


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Although many women undergo liposuction, this doesn’t mean that the procedure is exclusive for this group. Over the years, male liposuction has become increasingly popular. For men, the most commonly treated areas are the love handles, the abdomen, and the chest.

Myth #3: Liposuction isn’t a ‘real’ surgery.

Liposuction is a real surgical procedure. It usually involves the use of general anesthesia or heavy sedation. Some types of liposuction though may only require local or regional anesthesia (anesthesia limited to certain areas of the body). And depending on the extent of fat removal, the procedure may take a couple to several hours.

There will be some pain, bruising, and swelling after the procedure. Thus, you may want to wait for a couple of days before returning to work and a few more weeks before returning to your usual day-to-day activities.

Myth #4: Liposuction is only for the body.

Liposuction can safely and effectively get rid of the stubborn fat deposits in the body, giving you your desired body contour. Lipo though isn’t just for the body. It can be done in other ‘trouble spots’ which include the chin, arms, chest, back, flank, buttocks, thighs, and knees.

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Myth #5: You can forego your healthy lifestyle after liposuction.

Liposuction results could vary, and while the results are expected to be long-lasting, you are expected to do your part to make it last. A combination of healthy diet and regular exercise can help in maintaining your new body shape/figure.

Myth #6: Liposuction can get rid of cellulite.

For years, many people have thought that liposuction surgery can also get rid of cellulite, the stubborn fat that causes dimpling of the skin. Unfortunately, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons says it isn’t an effective way of getting rid of cellulite. While it’s possible that it can reduce its appearance, you shouldn’t opt for liposuction just for the sole purpose of treating your cellulite.

Myth #7: Any surgeon can produce good liposuction results.

Not all plastic surgeons are created the same. This is why it’s crucial to do a thorough research on plastic surgeons before committing your liposuction surgery with them.

Make sure you are aware of choosing the best plastic surgeon in Singapore.

Dr. Shenthilkumar Naidu is a board-certified plastic surgeon who had further training in plastic surgery in Korea. He had mastered the Korean surgical techniques to enhance one’s beauty. He and his team at Shens Clinic can provide you with the highest quality service and care before, during, and after your lipo surgery in Singapore. He is experienced in Vaser hi-definition 4D liposuction procedure in Singapore.

For a no-obligation and private consultation, you can contact the Singapore cosmetic surgery team here.


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