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Liposuction Myths

For many people, fat might as well be in the category of diamonds: It’s seemingly indestructible. The good news is that board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Adil Ladak can remove stubborn fat deposits with liposuction. Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgeries performed globally; however, there are some misconceptions that people have when it comes to the procedure. Alberta Plastic Surgery wants to debunk the myths that have developed in the last decade concerning liposuction.

Myth #1: Liposuction is the same as weight loss.

Liposuction is not a solution for weight loss; the procedure only removes stubborn fat deposits that just won't burn off from exercising and dieting. For some patients, genetics are to blame for specific areas of the body that have excess fat, and only procedures like liposuction can remove it. Other ideal candidates are people who have lost a large volume of weight; in these cases, liposuction is often combined with procedures like the tummy tuck, where the excess skin is also removed and tightened. For weight loss, a regimen of exercising and healthy nutrition is the only answer.

Myth #2: The fat never comes back.

This statement can be true, but that is entirely up to individuals. Liposuction is highly successful at removing stubborn fat deposits; however, after surgery, if patients have decreased activity levels and unhealthy eating habits, the fat is bound to return. In post-procedure care, Dr. Ladak always advises patients on continuing to pursue healthy lifestyles, and is available to discuss a proper course of action to maintain a healthy body.

Myth #3: Liposuction gets rid of cellulite.

Similar to the myth of liposuction as a solution for weight loss, there is a misconception that liposuction will treat cellulite. Liposuction in some cases can smooth out cellulite and make it less distinct, but ultimately, it cannot eliminate it.

Myth #4: It’s not a surgical procedure.

A big misconception that prospective patients have is that liposuction is a simple procedure and is not classified as surgery. The methodology and technology of liposuction may have evolved, making it very safe, but it's important to remember that liposuction is a surgical procedure. The majority of patients are put under general anesthesia and will have swelling/bruising afterwards at the incision site, which can last around a week. Dr. Ladak's primary concern is patient care before and after any procedure. He will carefully monitor patients during the recovery period and ensure they heal properly and achieve their desired results.

Myth #5: Liposuction is just for women.

Nothing could be further than the truth! The procedure is popular among both women and men, though the areas in which fat is removed tends to differ. Women usually have liposuction treated for excess fat on hips and thighs, while men tend to focus on the areas of the stomach, including the love handles.

If you’re interested in finding out more about what Dr. Adil Ladak’s plastic and cosmetic surgery practice in Edmonton, Alberta, call today to schedule a consultation. 

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