Liposuction is one of the more famous types of cosmetic procedures. Yet, despite being common and fairly well-known patients often have a very inaccurate understanding about this procedure when they first start exploring this option.
Liposuction Is Good for Achieving a Desired Weight
Due to the fact that fat is removed from the body during liposuction procedures, there are patients that assume that this is a procedure designed to make weight loss and management easier. However, this procedure is geared more towards contouring the body's shape. Therefore, patients should typically only consider this option when they are in the later stages of their weight loss program.
Liposuction Is a Minor Outpatient Procedure
Underestimating the complexity of liposuction procedures is another mistake that is commonly made. While many cosmetic procedures are minor outpatient treatments, liposuction is a fairly intensive process. Patients will usually be under the effects of full anesthesia. To monitor the patient for complications, it is common for individuals to stay overnight in the hospital. Once released, there will still be a lengthy recovery process that the patient will need to go through.
Liposuction Is Always Performed on the Stomach
The stomach area is one of the areas of the body that is most prone to developing fat pockets. For this reason, it is an area that patients will often need to have treated. Yet, you should avoid making the mistake of assuming that this is the only area that can be treated with liposuction. Most areas of the body can be treated with this procedure, but only a trained professional will be able to determine the locations of your body that would benefit the most from undergoing this particular procedure.
Liposuction Will Need to Be Done on a Regular Basis to Maintain the Results
Concerns about the need to undergo this procedure on a regular basis are understandable as there may be a long recovery time. Luckily, patients should not typically need to undergo this procedure again. As long as the patient makes an effort to eat healthily and exercise, the odds of new fat pockets developing will be kept low. While it can be easy to assume that any weight gain will undo the effects of the liposuction, patients will usually need to experience significant weight gain to need this procedure again. This can be another reason that it may be best to do this procedure towards the end of your weight loss goals as you will have become more experienced with weight management.