According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2012 and liposuction was one of the most popular procedures.
“Our bodies store fat cells for several reasons,” says Dr. Enrique Hanabergh, Florida plastic surgeon with Body Sculpture Centers of Florida. “Fat insulates the body and protects it from shock; in addition, fat cells store energy that can be used if the body goes without food for an extended period of time. However, some patients’ bodies are genetically hard wired to develop excessive fatty deposits that can be cosmetically unappealing.”
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes fat from selected body areas. It is commonly performed on the abdomen, thighs, arms, buttocks and hips.
Dr. Hanabergh says that because liposuction permanently reduces fatty tissue, many men and women mistakenly believe that liposuction can help them lose weight.
Although liposuction does remove fat cells from targeted areas, helping you lose inches and slim your physique, it does not actually help with weight loss and will not cause a noticeable reduction in weight.
“Liposuction is not an effective way to combat obesity,” says Dr. Hanabergh. “In fact, obese patients are often not good candidates for the procedure, as health problems caused by obesity can make elective surgery too risky.”
According to Dr. Hanabergh, surgical fat reduction with lipo is best for patients who follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen and simply want to improve body proportions and contours or get rid of stubborn fat deposits in particular body areas.
DIET & EXERCISE IMPORTANT POST-LIPO
Getting the best results after liposuction is at the forefront of everyone’s mind after a liposuction procedure. While recovery after liposuction varies widely from person to person, maintaining a good diet and exercise plan after liposuction is important to ensure the best results.
“Continued reduction of your fat content through diet will only improve your outcome,” says Dr. Hanabergh. “And exercise will play a pivotal role in toning your body and reducing any loose skin. If patients want positive long-term results from liposuction, they have to be willing to eat a proper diet and exercise. Ultimately, it’s a lifestyle choice.” A diet comprised of the following foods may help maintain results after liposuction:
• Lean protein such as salmon, white meat chicken, turkey and other fresh fish.
• Whole grains such as brown rice and oatmeal.
• Leafy green vegetables.
• Fresh fruits.
• Healthy fats such as olive oil and flaxseed.
• Plenty of water. For more information, go to www.BodySculptureCenters.com
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