Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures offered worldwide. Considering its high level of popularity, you have no doubt read or heard a thing or two about the treatment. But is what you know about the surgery really the truth? We debunk the top 6 liposuction myths and give you all the facts on the surgery.

Myth: Liposuction is the ultimate weight loss tool

Fact: Liposuction is a body sculpting treatment, not a weight-loss tool. It allows you to achieve definition, curves and possibly alter your dress size and shape. If you are turning to the treatment to lose weight and become healthier overall, this is not a substitute for a good, balanced diet and regular exercise. Instead, think of liposuction surgery as a way to treat particular stubborn areas that you have not been able to resolve regardless of how hard you have sweated it out at the gym.

Getting into the swing of conforming to a healthy diet and an exercise program prior to liposuction may not only help before the procedure, but it will also help you maintain your results in the future.

Myth: Liposuction is only for women

Fact: Liposuction is suitable for men and women, in fact, it is becoming increasingly more popular for men to undergo the treatment. Often men turn to liposuction who are very close to their ideal weight but require some definition in persistent fat deposit areas such as the love handles and chest. With liposuction procedures such as Vaser Hi Definition, men can achieve a highly sculpted and athletic shape in no time!

Myth: Liposuction is pain-free

Fact: The real truth is, liposuction will hurt. How much is dependable on the patient and the type of liposuction performed. Undergoing Vaser Hi Definition, for example, you will experience some mild discomfort and only light sedation is required. Patients of a Mega liposuction procedure, where up to 10 litres of fat is removed over two sessions, will experience a moderate amount of pain. The pain usually only lasts for the first two to seven days with some soreness and bruising lasting several weeks. No pain, no gain right?

Myth: Obese people are the best candidates for lipo

Fact: An ideal candidate is a person who is very close to their natural body weight, maybe carrying a few extra kilos, but by no means obese. As this candidate would have localised fatty deposits in certain areas of their body such as the abdomen, love handles or thighs, the results are much more defined and noticeable. Great results are also dependable on the patient having relatively good skin tone and elasticity to minimise any contour irregularities that may occur. This skin tone is often lost in those who are heavily overweight.

Myth: Liposuction gets rid of cellulite and stretch marks

Fact: Unfortunately, liposuction is not the answer to sucking away your cellulite and vanishing your stretch marks. There are, however, solutions to these unwanted problems. Fractional Laser Resurfacing is the latest technology to treat scarring by acne, stretch marks, chickenpox or accidents with relatively low risks. The lumps and bumps of cellulite can also be treated with the minimally invasive procedure Harvest PRP or the non-invasive treatment SleekSKIN.

Myth: The more fat removed during liposuction, the better the result

Fact: While removing as much fat as possible might sound like a good goal, when it comes to liposuction this is not the case. The more aggressive you are with fat removal from the targeted area, the higher the chances of risks occurring including lumps, bumps and contour irregularities. Doctors can remove up to 5 litres of fat per liposuction session. If another session is required in procedures such as Mega liposuction, they are generally spaced 4-5 days apart to allow for the body to recover.

Now you are armed with a lot more facts than fiction when it comes to liposuction procedures!