Myths and Facts About Liposuction

Even exercise enthusiasts have aspects of their bodies they’d like to change. Often, it can be a challenge to attain a sculpted, toned physique through fitness and nutrition alone. Liposuction is a straightforward surgery to address concerns almost anywhere on your body. However, you’ve likely heard many misconceptions about this popular procedure that make you question its efficacy or ability to provide outstanding results. Here are the facts behind these pervasive myths.

Myth 1: Liposuction Is a Weight Loss Solution

Many people believe liposuction is the same as solutions like gastric bypass, which allow dangerously obese patients to rapidly shed pounds. While liposuction offers a restored appearance to the targeted areas, it is not a surgery you should pursue until you are at or near your target weight and have adequate muscle tone. Indeed, there are limits to how much fat a qualified plastic surgeon can safely remove when performing this procedure.


Liposuction pairs beautifully with tummy tuck surgery, which is another way to enhance your shape if you’ve struggled with excess, unwelcome flab and loose skin in your abdominal region. Again, we always recommend people who wish to combine these procedures work to achieve their goal weight and sustain it after cosmetic surgery.

Myth 2: Liposuction Is Traumatic

Many people believe liposuction is far more invasive than it genuinely is. Since techniques have improved so significantly over the years, this surgery only involves tiny incisions that will heal virtually invisibly. During the procedure, Dr. Waltzman uses a tumescent solution to ease discomfort, prevent complications like bleeding, reduce tissue damage, and help prepare the fat for removal. You may need to take a week or two away from work and other responsibilities while you heal.

Myth 3: Liposuction Is Painful

Depending on the areas you are having treated and your customized surgical plan, Dr. Waltzman uses either local or general anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure. You will experience some bruising and swelling after your surgery, but these should resolve over time. While Dr. Waltzman gives his patients prescription medications to help with pain after surgery, you’ll likely feel well enough to switch to over-the-counter alternatives after a few days.

Myth 4: Liposuction Can Fix Skin Laxity

If you’ve gained and then lost a large amount of weight, you might find your skin doesn’t bounce back as quickly as you’d hoped. If you’re struggling with reduced skin elasticity, Dr. Waltzman may recommend a tightening procedure, such as body contouring or Renuvion skin tightening, in conjunction with liposuction, as liposuction alone may result in a deflated appearance.

Learn About Liposuction at The Waltzman Institute

If you’re ready to eliminate stubborn fat deposits, get in touch with The Waltzman Institute and schedule your consultation. Dr. Waltzman is a board-certified plastic surgeon who strives to prioritize each patient’s unique needs and goals. If you have reached your goal weight and are looking to fine-tune your results, contact The Waltzman Institute at (562) 448-6100 and get one step closer on your aesthetic self-improvement journey.