If you’re like many of the men and women researching liposuction in the Lynchburg, VA, area online, you’ve likely come across a wealth of information about the procedure, its limits, and what it’s like to undergo. With so much information available from so many sources, it can be difficult to separate myth from reality.
In this blog post, I’d like to discuss a few of the biggest liposuction misconceptions to help you understand the real facts about the popular body contouring surgery. Read on to learn more.
Does liposuction help you lose weight?
Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure; it’s a cosmetic body contouring procedure. While it does remove subcutaneous fat (the fat below the skin and above the muscle), it’s not intended to reduce body weight significantly. Instead, it’s designed to reduce and sculpt fat tissue that resists diet and exercise efforts, often in stubborn areas such as the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and arms.
However, some people do find liposuction provides excellent motivation for sticking to a healthy lifestyle, as they want to enjoy their trimmer and more contoured silhouettes for as long as possible.
Is it safe to get liposuction at a spa?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure, so it’s essential you work with a board-certified plastic surgeon for your safety. As body contouring technology advances, it’s becoming more common for day spas to offer minimally invasive liposuction options. These spa liposuction procedures are often performed by doctors or surgeons who don’t specialize in plastic surgery nor have the necessary training to safely and effectively deliver great results.
Keep a cautious eye on your provider’s credentials. If you’re considering a plastic surgery procedure, make sure it’s performed by a surgeon with certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Will liposuction flatten my tummy after pregnancy?
Liposuction can certainly reduce excess abdominal fat after pregnancy, but it’s often most effective when combined with a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, tightens the stretched skin many women experience after pregnancy, and it also repairs stretched or separated abdominal muscles that contribute to a “pooch.”
Learn more about the benefits of combining a tummy tuck with liposuction after pregnancy or weight loss in my previous blog post.
Will I look slimmer right away after liposuction?
Liposuction recovery is brief, with most people returning to work in a week or so. However, you likely won’t see your final look take shape until about 3 months after your surgery. That’s because swelling and firmness in the treated areas can linger for about 3 to 6 months. If you don’t look as slim as you’d like right away, wait a couple of months for swelling to subside and then reassess your results.
Is liposuction painful?
The liposuction procedure itself should not be painful or uncomfortable. While it’s possible to perform liposuction using a local anesthetic, I recommend general anesthesia for the most comfortable experience possible.
I am one of the few plastic surgeons that does very few muscle plications, which is the painful part of the procedure. In over three decades of practice, I can count on two hands the number of times I’ve had to do it. Everybody else, in several hundred cases, has done just fine with no plication.
In terms of recovery, most people only feel discomfort during the first day or 2, and this is typically well managed with pain medication.
If you would like to see examples of the results I’ve achieved with liposuction, please visit my before-and-after photo gallery.
To learn more about the possibilities of liposuction in the Lynchburg area, please connect with my Roanoke, VA, office by contacting us online or calling (540) 776-1600. I look forward to hearing from you.