Noninvasive body contouring might be all the rage, but liposuction still reigns, in terms of popularity and overall bang for your buck. First, there’s the obvious: that fat gets suctioned out via a surgical incision in the skin—but there’s more to it. For starters, you might not necessarily need general anesthesia for liposuction, depending on where on the body you get it. It’s also one of the few procedures in which you’ll see results after just one treatment.

Not surprisingly, there are just as many misconceptions about it, so we asked six plastic surgeons to clear up the rumors they hear most often.