Top 5 Liposuction Myths

During consultations for liposuction, people often express five common misconceptions. Here are the five most common myths that I hear people say about liposuction:

Myth #1: Once the fat is removed from one area by liposuction, it will go somewhere else

This is not true as long as you maintain a stable weight. Once fat cells are removed by liposuction, they do not grow back in that area and fat will not appear elsewhere unless you gain weight. If you gain weight, the fat will go somewhere.

Myth #2: You’re skin will hang after the fat is removed by liposuction

While I’ve never seen skin truly hang after liposuction, it is true that poor quality skin may not completely snap back to it’s new shape after liposuction. This is especially true of poor quality skin on the lower abdomen and inner thighs. You can tell that skin is poor quality it does not snap back quickly after being pulled, if there are multiple stretch marks, and if it is loose and hanging to begin with. However, most women who think they have loose skin and will need a tummy tuck, do not.

Myth #3: You’ll be lighter after liposuction

Although this is technically true, the main benefit of liposuction is to contour the body. Fat does not weigh much, so you won’t actually weigh much less on the scale. Also, the suctioned areas will be swollen immediately after surgery, so you definitely won’t notice any change right away. However, removing even a pound of fat can make a big difference in one’s appearance.

Myth #4: Liposuction has to be performed with sedation

People are often surprised to hear that liposuction can be performed using local anesthesia only and in the office. Using local anesthesia only is actually the safest way to perform liposuction.

Myth #5: The recovery from liposuction is long and painful

With modern liposuction techniques using local anesthesia only, this is not true. You can return to work in 1 – 2 days, and many people are surprised to learn that they can return to exercising within the first week.

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Lawrence Osman, MD

Lawrence Osman, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and liposuction surgeon in Los Angeles specializing in minimally invasive techniques such as liposuction using local anesthesia. He has offices in the Los Angeles area in both Northridge and Calabasas. Visit to learn more.

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