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Liposuction: Who Needs It?

From the latest diet to the most recent exercise craze, there is no shortage of weight loss methods available to us, and it seems as though new strategies are being developed every other day. From hot yoga to the cabbage soup diet, from Pilates to fundamental changes in diet and activity levels, most of us have tried some form of weight loss option in the past. Although most of us think liposuction is included in that list, it may surprise you to learn that it is not. On the contrary, removing large deposits of fatty tissue via lipo is actually very dangerous. But if liposuction is not a method of losing weight, what exactly is it for?

The short answer is that it’s a method of body contouring. It’s best utilized for removing small pockets of fat that are resistant to normal diet and exercise regimens in order to achieve a shape that your discipline and hard work haven’t quite been able to achieve.

One group for whom surgical fat removal can seem heaven sent is the significant percentage of American men who suffer from gynecomastia, or feminine-seeming breasts. Men who suffer from this find that no amount of exercise, and no type of diet will ever result in the firm, manly chest they long for. For these men a visit to the plastic surgeon can be the first step towards regaining a measure of self-esteem.

As many of us approach middle age we begin to discover something commonly referred to as “middle-age spread”. Some of us notice it in the thighs and hips, some in the arms, or tummy. Some of us develop a double chin for no apparent reason. It affects all of us in different ways, and in different places, but the symptoms are always the same: stubborn fat that goes nowhere, no matter what you do.

For otherwise healthy people who eat well and exercise, it can be terribly disappointing to have one part of your body that is just plain unresponsive to your best efforts. It is these people, people who need a bit of a hand with that last little push towards the desired body shape, for whom liposuction can be a great option. An hour or two with your plastic surgeon can help put the finishing touches on the body you’ve worked so hard for, validating all of your effort and hard work.

Surgical fat removal should not be thought of as a shortcut, or substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Liposuction is most effective when used to augment what a healthy diet and moderate exercise have already accomplished. To find out if you are a good candidate, book a consultation with Dr. Liu.