Managing expectations is a crucial part of every patient’s plastic surgery journey. It is true that undergoing plastic surgery can have an astonishing, sometimes life-changing impact. However, it’s important to go into surgery with reasonable, measured expectations. That includes acknowledging what your respective cosmetic surgical procedure can and cannot accomplish. Despite its considerable popularity, there still seems to be a lot that many people don’t understand about liposuction. So to help potential patients keep realistic expectations about what can be accomplished with liposuction, I wanted to clear up a few of the most common misconceptions about this procedure.
Liposuction is Only Meant for Younger Patients
This is false as long as the patient healthy enough to undergo surgery. Although a lack of firmness and skin elasticity that commonly occurs as a patient ages may impact the skin’s ability to bounce back over the reshaped contours, liposuction can deliver outstanding results regardless of the patient’s age.
Liposuction Will Help Reduce Cellulite
Unfortunately this too is false. Liposuction works by removing pockets of excess fat. Cellulite occurs when fat beneath the skin pushes against connective tissue and bulges, causing the appearance of dimples and bumps. Because liposuction is only able to remove fatty tissue (and does not directly affect the skin or other tissues), the connective tissue that causes cellulite will not be altered and will still remain.
Liposuction is Considered “A Woman’s Surgery”
This simply isn’t true. In fact, for years now liposuction has been the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure for both male and female patients alike. According to annual statistics collected by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), more men underwent liposuction procedures last year than ever before. Common liposuction areas for men include the abdomen, flanks (love handles), and chest.
Liposuction Surgery is Dangerous
While it’s true that any kind of surgery carries the risk of possible complications, as long as the patient is in good physical health, liposuction is a routine procedure that is generally considered very safe. Just make sure to find an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your liposuction to help put your mind at ease.
It can be challenging to predict the final aesthetic results of a plastic surgery procedure before it has been done. However, one thing you can count on is that there are great benefits to spending time researching and learning about your potential surgery and preparing for your consultation. If you’re interested in liposuction or any other cosmetic surgery, please contact the office of Allyson B. Maske to schedule your consultation today. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery news and updates.