We all want a tighter, better, more lifted butt. And, while there are variable ways to go about getting that perfect backside, knowing what treatments really work and which ones will garner good results are the real secrets at hand. There are lots of rumors when it comes to liposuction on the butt, so we set out to uncover the truth about the top two myths we hear.
1. Liposuction won’t completely get rid of cellulite on the butt.
Turns out this one’s true. Liposuction may help camouflage the look of cellulite in some patients but it is not usually the best solution. The search for the Holy Grail in the fight against cellulite continues, and there are multiple machines and treatments on the market that target the problem. But liposuction itself is not the answer doctors turn to when looking to smooth out dimples on the butt and thighs (and beyond). Instead it’s more likely your plastic surgeon will recommend a cellulite treatment like Endermologie, VelaShape or Cellulaze to address cellulite dimples on the backside. “Liposuction can make cellulite worse because if the superficial layer of fat is removed, the skin will take on that cobblestone appearance,” says Las Vegas plastic surgeon Terrence Higgins, MD.
2. You can never gain weight in the butt if you’ve had liposuction there.
False. Truth is treated areas are more resistant to weight gain; it’s everywhere else on the body where it can happen. Liposuction (which should never be used as a weight-loss tool) targets specific areas of the body that are resistant to losing those few extra pounds when diet and exercise just won’t cut it. Liposuction should be considered when you’re looking to spot treat an area, not when you need to lose a significant amount of weight. Once an area has been treated surgically there are fewer fat cells physically living in the area. Because the body does not create new fat cells the chances of gaining weight in a treated area are very slim, but that’s not to say it can’t happen at all. “If you are taking in more calories than you burn, the fat cells throughout the body, or wherever you are most prone to weight gain, will start to swell. But since there are fewer fat cells in the areas where lipo was performed, those body parts become less apt to hold onto additional weight or if they do, there are fewer fat cells in the area to expand so weight gain isn’t as obvious,” says Encino, CA, plastic surgeon George Sanders, MD.
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