We’ve told you time and time again that liposuction isn’t the answer to drastic weight loss; it’s a means of spot treating stubborn exercise and diet resistant fat. While the fat doesn’t return to the treated area, it’s been widely reported that the fat is redistributed to other parts of the body. But a new study contradicts that theory.
According to the study, published in the medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the fat cells don’t return to the treated area or get redistributed into other parts of the body. To find this information out, Leawood, KS, plastic surgeon Eric Swanson, MD, evaluated photographs and body measurements of over 300 liposuction patients before their operations and three months afterwards.
Dr. Swanson’s findings revealed that there was no evidence of fat regrowth in the treated areas. What’s more, the upper body measurements, the supposed fat redistribution hotspot, and other body measurements remained unchanged-that means that the fat did not grow back in odd places as some believe it should.
So why the complete turnaround? Dr. Swanson explains, “Previous studies have evaluated small numbers of patients and used imprecise measuring techniques, limiting their power to reliably detect changes. Our study included a sufficient number of patients and used precise measurements, making the conclusions highly reliable. Patients can be reassured that their improvements will last and they need not worry about putting weight back on disproportionately.”
While this is good news, liposuction still isn’t going to solve your weight loss woes. It’s used as a way to reduce the amount of fat cells in a specific area. To get the best results, be sure to only seek out a board-certified surgeon.
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