Common Myths about Liposuction

Common Myths about Liposuction


By Dr. Shobha Jindal, Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery

It is a cosmetic surgery commonly known as Lipoplasty or ‘lipo’ under which the fats cells of the body are broken up or sucked in by a cannula that is inserted to the skin. A powerful high pressure is applied to the vacuum and the fat thereby is sucked in. This surgery has become one of the most prevalent surgeries in India and elsewhere since people who have high deposits of fat in areas such as the stomach, thighs, neckline and arms use this procedure to cut down fat. However, there are many myths related to this surgery such as that it is a weight loss tool and also that it does help in curing obesity.

Listed below are such myths and their facts to clear out the doubts related to liposuction- 

  1. Liposuction can be a substitute for exercise: This is NOT TRUE, since a good diet and regular exercise cannot be substituted for a cosmetic surgery. To maintain a stable point after the surgery it is imperative to have a diet that suits your body- eliminating most carbohydrates but regular exercise is a must after surgery.
  2. Liposuction can fix Obesity: Losing a tremendous amount of weight can be harmful to anybody, and doing so is not an easy task. It is important to remember that liposuction is only a cosmetic surgery that can correct some ‘problem areas’ of your body not your overall fat deposit which is case of people dealing with obesity. If the right diet and lifestyle do not follow after the surgery, it can be a futile process.
  3. Liposuction Surgery will burn a hole in your pocket: With the help of advancing technology, this surgery is now affordable and can fit your budget. Patients now are being offered the best services at a lower cost.
  4. Fat will not return after Liposuction: As mentioned earlier, liposuction is a surgery to treat problem areas but it does not guarantee that the fat deposits will not return after the surgery. If a proper diet and regular exercise to not carried forward then the fat deposits might return.