Almost 1.6 million cosmetic surgery procedures were carried out in the U.S. in 2011, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and these included 205,000 liposuction procedures. This practice is growing in popularity as people struggle to maintain a healthy weight, but it is not a simple means of going from size 16 to size 6 overnight. Nothing can substitute for diet and exercise when long-term weight loss and overall health is required.
Is it True that Liposuction Fat Comes Back?
Recent research appeared to show that patients who had undergone liposuction found that the fat reappeared within one year in a different place. Researchers at the University of Colorado studied 32 patients; 14 had liposuction and 18 did not, acting as the control group. Although none of the patients changed their diet or exercise routine, those who had liposuction found that fat returned. However it was not subcutaneous (just under the skin) that returned, but deeper, visceral fat that came back which is associated with heart disease and early death.
Although it appeared that liposuction did not produce lasting results, Dr. Gerald Imber explained that the fat returned after the liposuction procedure because the patients did not make any lifestyle changes. For example if you have fat removed from the hip area but continue to eat and put on weight, the body continues to make and store fat. As liposuction has removed the fat cells on the hips, the fat is simply stored in fat cells elsewhere in the body.
Dangers of Liposuction
Liposuction is a surgical procedure and it carries the same risks as many other medical procedures. Patients should be aware of the seriousness of the consequences, should the procedure go wrong. Most patients only suffer bruising and swelling after liposuction, which heal over time, but there is always the risk of more serious side effects mentally and physically.
Anyone undergoing anaesthesia during surgery is at risk of heart arrhythmia, adverse reaction to the drugs or even brain damage in extreme cases.
I want to be clear that necessary medical procedures for health-related problems are deemed worth taking the risk, but in most cases of liposuction this is not the case.
I recently had a friend who lost over 200 pounds from diet and lifestyle changes. She started burst training daily and ate a diet of mostly superfoods and her body transformed. After losing the weight she decided to have surgery in a few areas to tighten up loose skin. Overall, I admired her approach because rather than jumping to surgery first, she worked hard to get her body healthy.
What is Cellulite?
Many women consider liposuction to improve areas of dimpled skin that are caused by cellulite around the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen. It is caused by the uneven texture of fatty deposits beneath the skin and is not serious but it can be unsightly. It is more common in women than men, with about 80% of women having some measure of cellulite, particularly as they age and the skin loses its elasticity.
Diet for Cellulite
According to research published in the Journal of European Academy of Dermatology July 2000 found cellulite can be caused by increased levels of catecholamines due to high stress and raised cortisol levels. Also, reducing body fat thru a healthy diet reduces cellulite.
Losing weight through diet and exercise and using anti-cellulite nutrients such as bromelain, green coffee, african mango and fucoxanthin supplements may all help reduce the effects of cellulite for those who do not wish to resort to liposuction.
Types of Exercise to burn Cellulite
Along with diet, Exercise can be your best ally is getting rid of cellulite. Although long distance cardio can be of some value in burning fat, doing interval training also known as burst training will be 3-9x more effective.
Interval or Burst training is known to increase metabolism and burn calories long after (24-48 hours) your workout is over. It incorporates short intense exercise such as sprinting and then returning to jogging again. Two more effective strategies are weight training and isometric training such as Barre, BarreAmped, and Pilates.
BarreAmped is an effective fitness regime based on Pilates, dance, yoga and deep stretching and is another good way to reduce fat, improve cellulite and tone the body without having to resort to the possible risks and short-term benefits of liposuction.
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