What do you know about lipo? Chances are that everything you know is wrong. Below are some of the most common liposuction myths.

Myth#1 Liposuction is only for women.
Fact: Most of the patients who get liposuction are female. However, the number of men getting this procedure is increasing. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 33,000 men got liposuction in 2007, and the numbers have grown from there. So, ladies, get in line. The men are in on your secret!

Myth#2 Liposuction is a cure for obesity.
Fact: Liposuction is not intended to be a permanent solution for weight problems. If you do not eat right and exercise after getting liposuction, then the fat will return. Surgery cannot replace a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, liposuction is a body sculpting procedure, not a weight loss procedure. If you want to lose 20 lbs or more, then liposuction isn’t the solution. However, after losing all that weight, if you have a few stubborn areas or a couple extra pounds you’re having trouble with, liposuction can help.

Myth#3 Liposuction is very expensive.
Fact: Thanks to the advances in medical technology, the cost of liposuction has decreased dramatically. Many doctors will even allow you to set up a payment plan so that the surgery is more affordable.

Myth#4 Liposuction can remove stretch marks.
Fact: Liposuction cannot remove stretch marks. In fact, your stretch marks may be more noticeable after surgery. Your plastic surgeon can discuss surgical and non-surgical ways to remove and/or lighten the appearance of stretch marks.

Myth#4 Liposuction can remove cellulite.
Fact: Liposuction can actually worsen cellulite. However, there is a procedure called endermologie therapy that can reduce the appearance of cellulite. You can get this procedure done along with liposuction. if you desire.

Myth#5 Liposuction is always an outpatient procedure.
Fact: There are some patients who can leave the hospital as soon as the procedure is finished, but that is not the case with everyone. If you are getting a lot of fat removed, then you will probably be put under general anesthesia. You will have to stay at the clinic or hospital overnight if general anesthesia is used. Even if you are able to leave the clinic when the surgery is over, you will still need to have someone to drive you home.

Myth#6 You can return to work a few days after surgery.
Fact: If you have a very sedentary job, then you will probably be able to go back to work within two or three days. However, you may have to take a lot more time off if your job requires heavy lifting or strenuous activity. Listen to your body and follow the advice of your plastic surgeon before returning to work or any other in-home activities requiring a lot of energy and movement.

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