LipoSite Reports 2012 Study Finds Liposuction Effective for Belly Fat, Lifestyle Changes Needed for Visceral Fat

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Patients who think liposuction is the key to health need to understand difference between two types of body fat. While a lipo procedure is effective at slimming the body by removing under-the-skin fat, it won’t reduce risk factors associated with visceral fat.



Patients should strive to maintain or achieve their ideal weight following surgery. This can be accomplished with a healthy, well-balanced diet and exercise.

People associate being slim and trim with having a healthy body. But, while excess poundage does increase the risk of health problems, it’s the type of fat, not just the fat itself, that is key. Numerous studies have shown that eliminating subcutaneous (below-the-skin) fat cells does result in a more attractive body shape but does not reduce the risk factors for diabetes or cardiovascular problems.

For example, a 2004 study led by Dr. Samuel Klein of Washington University School of Medicine illustrated that even dropping 30 pounds or more through liposuction didn’t have a corollary impact on blood pressure, cholesterol, or insulin sensitivity since those are impacted by visceral fat located deeper in the body. Another, more recent study from the University of Sao Paulo, published in 2012 in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, showed that patients who underwent liposuction but didn’t engage in exercise post-procedure actually had a significant 10 percent increase in visceral fat.

Both exercise and diet after liposuction play a role in maintaining the new body shape emphasize the experts. According to Diane Gibby, M.D. of Dallas, Texas-based The Women’s Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, “If the patient gains weight after the procedure, the size of the individual fat cells will increase. Too much weight gain may mask the benefits of the liposuction procedure…Patients should strive to maintain or achieve their ideal weight following surgery. This can be accomplished with a healthy, well-balanced diet and exercise.”

While nutritional requirements may vary among patients based on age, sex and any pre-existing health issues, following a healthy diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products and protein sources (lean meats, beans, eggs and nuts) 2 is the first step in keeping your slimmed post liposuction body looking good and being healthy.

Equally important is dropping a “couch potato” lifestyle in favor of a more active one, as the Brazilian study illustrated. A regular workout routine incorporating aerobic exercise, strength-training and stretching is essential for maintaining the “new and improved” appearance.

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