The Truth About Liposuction

Losing weight is always an uphill battle. Nowadays, there are more tools than ever to help us achieve our ideal weight; from gastric bypass surgery to low calorie meals. There’s also liposuction, but is that really a good solution to lose weight? Here’s the answer…

Are you more than five pounds overweight?

If you are, then liposuction is probably a bad idea. At least, that’s what many plastic surgeons say. Liposuction should not be categorized as a weight loss method, but rather as a way to lose a little bit of disproportional fat that diet and exercise can’t correct – i.e. ab sculpting surgery.

Will my fat return after liposuction?

According to this liposuction forum, in theory your fat shouldn’t return after surgery. However, that’s only if you maintain your weight. If you choose to make poor dietary decisions after the procedure, then you will gain back the weight.

How much does liposuction cost?

Unfortunately, liposuction is an expensive procedure; yet another reason why it should only be used as a last resort. In the United States, plan on spending several thousand dollars (that includes the surgeon’s fee, O.R., and the anesthesiologist).

Are there any scars left after liposuction?

It’s inevitable that the doctor will have to cut your skin in order to insert the liposuction tube. Whether it leaves a visible scar or not depends on the area of your body and whether you are susceptible to scarring or not. For abdominal liposuction, often times the incision will be made inside the belly button in order to hide it.

How should I choose a surgeon?

You need to be extremely careful when choosing a surgeon, whether it be for lipo or any other plastic surgery procedure. The truth of the matter is that there are a number of doctors out there performing these operations that are not even board certified in plastic surgery. In the United States, this is actually legal to do, since all that’s legally required is that a doctor has a valid medical license. This is why you need to only go with legitimate, reputable doctors that have received favorable reviews. Plastic surgery message boards and liposuction forums can be a good way to research a doctor you’re interested in.