While liposuction may be one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed today, there still seems to be a lot of misinformation available that causes confusion among my patients. To set the record straight, I am going to address a few common myths about liposuction, and provide you with correct information.
Myth 1: I don’t have to work out again after having liposuction.
Not only should you work out in order to lead a healthy lifestyle, you should also work out to ensure that you do not gain weight after you have experienced satisfying results from your procedure. I tell my liposuction patients from Spokane and Coeur d’Alene that the procedure should not be regarded as a weight loss technique, but rather, an “inch loss” technique.
Myth 2: Fat cells won’t return once suctioned.
While it is widely thought that when we reach adulthood our fat cells do not increase in number– just in size– this actually isn’t the case. While we do have most of our fat cells by the time we reach adulthood, if we do not lead an active and healthy lifestyle, not only can these cells expand, but they can increase in number.
Myth 3: I’ll have to spend a long time recovering from my liposuction treatment.
In the past, recovering from liposuction may have taken up to several weeks. Now, with advances in procedural techniques, recovery from liposuction is generally straightforward and simple. Typically, most people spend a week or two recovering, depending on the amount of fat removed from the target area or areas. As a general note, the more fat removed, the longer recovery will be.
What can you take away from this? Well, for one, there will always be misinformation regarding liposuction available, so it is important to discuss the procedure with a specialist in the field. They can tell you if you are a good candidate, and determine whether liposuction can help you achieve your goals.
Kevin Johnson, MD, FACS
608 Northwest Boulevard #301
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Phone: (208) 676-8346
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–6 p.m.