With any cosmetic procedure, a patient needs to have realistic expectations about the results that can and cannot be achieved. The goal with any procedure is progress and improvement, not perfection. Cosmetic surgery should always improve the appearance of a treated area, but may not give you the “perfect” body as everyone’s idea of perfect is different.
One of the most common misconceptions about Liposuction is that it is a weight-loss procedure. Liposuction is NOT a weight-loss procedure. Patients should not expect to lose more than 2-5 pounds. The best candidate for liposuction is someone who is close to their ideal body weight, but has areas on their body that are resistant to diet and exercise.
Another misconception is that the results will be immediate after Tumescent Liposuction. The treated area will change, but this might not be as noticeable during the first few weeks. Patients will have swelling and inflammation following the procedure. Most patients will see 90% of their final results within 3 months following the procedure, but the areas can continue to change for 6 months or longer. It is important for patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle after liposuction, as any weight gain can alter results.
Liposuction is not a method to treat cellulite. If a patient has cellulite before liposuction, there will most likely be some present after surgery.
Liposuction will not remove significant areas of excess skin. With Tumescent Liposuction the skin typically contracts to a degree, but if someone has lost a significant amount of weight and has excess hanging skin or has excessive stretch marks, they will still have some excess skin and stretch marks after Liposuction.