Why Is Liposuction Such A Taboo? Is It Not Still The Real You?

Liposuction was once a dirty secret, but the more individuals who open up about it, the less stigmatised it becomes.


Why is liposuction taboo?


Early liposuction patients (mainly women) would hide their procedure. Cosmetic surgeries like liposuction were deemed harmful. When asked why liposuction was frowned upon, 10 different people may have ten different answers. Some people thought undergoing lipo was a sign of dishonesty, identity fraud, or extreme vanity. As a result, undergoing liposuction was once stigmatised – admitting to “having surgery done” in public risked a negative reputation.


Whether liposuction stays a boogeyman for you depends on your geographic area, cultural background, and gender. If you don't want it, don't get it! We are not here to change your mind. But the liposuction stigma is unfounded.


Stigmas stem from worry about the unknown. Less stigma will exist if more individuals are open and honest about having liposuction and realise what it is and isn't.


Let's examine some of the most common reasons for liposuction stigma.


Myth 1: Lipo lies!


In both patients and critics, this is a prevalent misperception. Unfortunately, this mindset is founded on a popular misconception: lipo is a diet and exercise alternative. A healthy diet and regular exercise are the best ways to lose weight.


Lipo cannot cure visceral fat, which is necessary for slimming waistlines.


Even the greatest BBL won't give you the kind of butt that comes from regular workout.


Lipo doesn't build muscle; exercise is required for a six-pack.


Without a solid foundation of healthy living, you can't expect to come out of the operating room looking like a fitness influencer. If someone looks stunning, it's probably because they've worked hard for years. Lipo isn't a miracle cure! However, while the outcomes might be dramatic, even life-altering, they are only one component of the puzzle. There are no shortcuts, only ways to better.


But these days, most individuals recognise that there's more to looking nice than choosing the proper cosmetic surgery. The less stigma there is, the more people look at lipo and learn what it can achieve.


Lipo has great benefits, but it merely improves your body - it is not magic or a method of cheating.


Myth #2: Lipo is faking your ID!


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At least with lipo, the "as-described" body is accurate.


Tattoos, makeup, piercings, shaving, waxing, haircuts, extensions, and even exercise can change your body's appearance. However, lipo is only another approach to transform your appearance in order to attain the body you desire. Liposuction is less "misleading" than Spanx or a man sucking his stomach on a first date.


Modernizing beauty standards has helped eliminate this stigma, allowing both men and women to do whatever they want with their bodies — after all, it's your body; you decide how it appears.


Myth #3: Liposuction patients have poor beauty standards.


Even before social media, traditional media's representations of women's and men's bodies regularly resulted in poor self-image difficulties. During consultations, we always ask patients if they undergo liposuction for themselves and not to make them happy or address their difficulties. While the reasons for this stigma existed in the past, they are presently changing.


We all know it's true, yet no one is "perfect."


In recent years, social media models and celebrities have begun demolishing their "perfect" reputations, showing stretch marks, publishing no-makeup images, and admitting to liposuction. Every day, we are bombarded with expertly made images, videos, and digitally altered movies that give the impression that some people are always perfect.


What does this imply for liposuction? Not having lipo or being stigmatised by it is not a part of the body acceptance movement. Goals for the body, including weight loss, abs definition, or a 10k run, are generally considered positive. Body acceptance should be about accepting individuals for who they are, not about lipo being a mistaken attempt to reach a certain beauty ideal.


Myth #4: Only women get liposuction!


Guys often think lipo is extremely vain or sissy, and that men should not care about their beauty “the way women do.”


This is absurd for a man. Men care about our appearance, and there is nothing wrong or sissy about that. Shaving, haircuts, diet, and exercise - males worry more about their looks than women, and vice versa. Men get lipo too, they just don't talk about it.


The more publicly we debate lipo's stigma, the more acceptable it becomes. So you had lipo. So what? Do you want a battle over it?


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Due to the stigma, those who have had lipo keep their operation hidden. Not confessing to have had cosmetic operations unintentionally creates a false image about what's attainable without surgery and perpetuates the belief that what they've done is improper.


Celebrities like Chrissy Teigen confessing to armpit suctioning and Cardi B admitting to stomach lipo have helped many individuals speak up about their own treatments. Fear of the unknown is associated with stigma, yet knowledge is power.


The more people who openly admit to having lipo, the less stigma.

Dr Siddharth Prakash is an Internationally trained, award winning Cosmetic Surgeon practicing in the vibrant city of Mumbai. He is a member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) and is associated with top hospitals in Mumbai. Dr Siddharth Prakash specializes in all cosmetic surgeries including Liposuction, Tummy Tuck Surgery, Fat Grafting, Blephroplasty and Rhinoplasty. His special interest is Breast Augmentation, Facelift, Body Contouring, Dimple Creation, Breast Reduction and Breast Lift.
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