This is one of the most common misconceptions I hear from patients. The other one will be addressed in my next blog.
Somewhere the concept has been popularized that if you have Liposuction of your tummy, your thighs, or some other area, will grow. Not True!
When we do Liposuction, be it traditional, ultrasound, Vaser, PAL, or SmartLipo, we remove fat cells in an area that is out of proportion to the rest of your figure. We are not removing every fat cell in that area. For one thing that is impossible, secondly it would kill the skin overlying the area. So that is not done. Think of Liposuction as a nail file. It is a tool we use to shape and smooth out a rough edge. It is not a way to shrink someone. If you need to be shrunk, Liposuction is not for you.
So, if you have a bulge on your tummy that is out of proportion to the rest of your figure and we do liposuction there it will flatten. Period. End of story. Now, if you gain weight, your tummy will grow again because there are still fat cells there that can enlarge and you can grow new fat cells there too. If you maintain your weight, you will maintain your result. It is NOT as if your other body parts are conspiring against you. Your butt is not whispering to your thighs… “She has Liposuction on her tummy, we’ll show her…let’s grow!!” Additional weight will go wherever your body is programmed to store fat. If you tend to store fat in your thighs and we suction your thighs, new fat will still be prone to settle there in the face of weight gain. I hope this explains away one of the great myths of plastic surgery.
All posts on this blog are authored by Louisville cosmetic surgeon Dr. Lee Corbett. Dr. Corbett specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery of the face, breasts and body.