After Liposuction, Fat Returns ... Somewhere Else
Study finds fat gets 'redistributed upstairs' within a year
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2011 3:23 AM CDT
Some 450,000 liposuction procedures are carried out in the US every year.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – People who undergo liposuction are playing Whac-A-Mole with body fat instead of achieving permanent reductions, new research suggests. Researchers found that after patients had fat deposits removed from one part of their body, the fat reappeared within a year in a different part of their body, the New York Times reports.

The study focused on non-obese women who had fat removed from their thighs or lower abdomen. The fat, researchers say, was "redistributed upstairs," mostly in the belly but also around the shoulders and upper arms. Liposuction is the most popular plastic surgery procedure, with more than 450,000 operations carried out each year, and it looks set to stay popular. More than half of the women in the study's control group still chose to have liposuction after learning of the study's findings.

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Anne C. Smith
May 9, 2011 10:16 PM CDT
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May 8, 2011 8:37 PM CDT
The success rate of liposuction mainly lies on how your body will adapt to the changes and how good your surgeon is. Thus, it is very important for anyone to get the services of a board certified surgeon only. Also, if you want to maximize the effect of this procedure, it is highly advisable to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. gynecomastia treatment
May 4, 2011 1:04 AM CDT
Although liposuction can be initially considered an easy way out, no one guarantees that you will not return to your previous figure if you do not observe the right discipline in eating and changing into a more active lifestyle. Cosmetic Surgery