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Three Common Liposuction Myths Debunked

As the most popular plastic surgery procedure of 2015, liposuction has as many myths surrounding it as it has proven benefits. While both men and women continue to enjoy the results they achieve from this body contouring procedure, many people still have misconceptions about it.

At Bulan Plastic Surgery, Dr. Erwin Bulan offers not only liposuction, but true body contouring. The difference? Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat. Dr. Bulan, however, uses true body contouring, beginning with a surgical liposuction procedure followed by office-based radio-frequency (RF) treatments to smooth and shrink the skin to the new body contours. In this blog post, Dr. Bulan uses this training, along with his years of surgical experience, to dispel the three most common liposuction myths.

Liposuction is Ideal for Obese Patients

One of the most common misconceptions about liposuction is that it is synonymous with weight loss surgery; it is not. Obese patients (those who need to lose more than 30 percent of their weight to achieve a healthy weight for their build) are, in fact, not considered good candidates for liposuction. The “ideal” liposuction candidate is the person who is at or near a healthy weight but still has stubborn pockets of fat on their body that won’t go away with diet and exercise alone.

Liposuction is a Woman’s Procedure

Still think that liposuction is only for women? Think again! Liposuction has been the most popular plastic surgery procedure for men over the past several years. In fact, last year alone, over 50,000 men had liposuction to achieve a fitter, more attractive physique. This upward trend in male liposuction procedures could be due, at least in part, to men seeking an edge in the workforce, where a more youthful and fit appearance may help them compete with younger colleagues. Whatever their reasons are, men are increasingly having liposuction to banish fat bulges on their stomach, thighs, love handles and chest, among other areas.

Liposuction Gets Rid of Fat Forever

This myth is tricky, because it has some truth to it. Liposuction does get rid of fat cells in the treatment area for good, preventing it from ever becoming a “problem area” again, even if you gain weight. However, that doesn’t mean that weight gain will not affect your body after having liposuction; you can still gain weight, but instead of the weight going straight to that area, it will be more evenly distributed around the body. This is why, in order to achieve the best body contouring results, it is still important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen after liposuction.

To schedule a liposuction consultation with Dr. Bulan, or to find out more information on how 21st century body contouring addresses both fat and skin, contact Bulan Plastic Surgery today by calling (973) 467-9744.