Liposuction is one of the commonest cosmetic procedures. Yet, it is often misunderstood in a number of ways, such as being depicted as a quick and easy way to lose weight. Here are some of the common myths.
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Expect a lot of pain and bruising
Before liposuction, the plastic surgeon injects tumescent solution for numbing and to limit bleeding. This helps with pain control after surgery and the pain is usually tolerable with mild painkillers after the operation. As for bruising, this is unavoidable. But the extent depends on the technique used and the individuals propensity to bleed. Vaser liposuction use ultrasound to break down fat instead of force, which helps to minimize disruption of blood vessels and less bruising is expected. If you tend to bruise easily or takes blood thinners, then you will expect to bruise more after liposuction.
Liposuction helps with weight loss
Liposuction is ideal for people seeking contouring to remove stubborn pockets of fat that remains despite a healthy lifestyle and diet, like “love handles” and “saddle bags”. For weight loss, your best bet is to switch to a healthy diet, exercise or bariatric surgery.
Nevertheless, you may have heard of large volume liposuction (LVL), or massive liposuction, defined as the removal of more than 5 L of total volume from the body. This is possible because, with the technological advances such as ultrasonic liposuction, plastic surgeons can remove of large volumes of fat with less blood loss. But this is a totally different ball game from usual liposuction, with high risk of complication. LVL should only be performed by highly experienced plastic surgeon, with a well trained anaesthetist and in a hospital facility.
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Liposuction treats cellulite
There are 3 causes to cellulite:
- Excess fat
- Wear connective tissues
- Loose skin
Liposuction removes fat and, because that is only part of the equation, cellulite may improve but not go away. Because Vaser liposuction uses ultrasonic energy, this helps with tightening of skin and tissues, and gives a better result than traditional liposuction.
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You need hospitalization after liposuction
Apart from large volume liposuction, liposuction may be performed in a day surgery. However, safety is still of utmost importance. In Singapore, liposuction surgery must be carried in licensed day surgery facility and monitored by an accredited anaesthetist.
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You will not gain weight again in the areas after liposuction
It is true that once the fat cells are removed, it is unlikely new fat cells will sprout again at the same site. Liposuction will not remove all the fat cells though, and any existing fat cells can still fill themselves with fat and expand, adding inches again. It is best to make a commitment to maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet to preserve the results after liposuction.