Liposuction Anyone? Don’t Forget Diet and Exercise

Liposuction is the one plastic surgery procedure that offers a safe and effective surgical approach to weight loss. Traditionally, liposuction was meant for women and men that were within 15 pounds of normal weight and unable to lose small localized extra weight through diet and exercise. Later, large volume liposuction became available to treat massive weight loss or post bariatric women and men with problem areas. While liposuction is very appealing and can produce enhancing results, people that undergo liposuction cannot forget about diet and exercise before and after liposuction. In fact, liposuction is not designed to provide weight loss, but body contouring for problem areas that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Liposuction Criteria: Nutritional and Fitness Habits

Plastic surgeons screen liposuction candidates for surgery to uncover the patient’s commitment to exercise and diet as well as the exercise and diet regimen. They inform the patient that they should be participating in an appropriate diet and exercise regimen long before the procedure commences. In fact, liposuction patients need to continue a diet and exercise lifestyle after surgery to help maintain the enhancement. The enhancement may also be a boost to motivate an individual to maintain a stronger commitment to diet and exercise.

The proof that diet and exercise may bolster a diet and exercise plan and patient satisfaction was demonstrated in a 2004 study with researcher Rob Rohrich, MD, professor and chairman of the department of plastic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Study highlights were derived from 209 liposuction patients from 1999 to 2003 to review weight gain, exercise regimen, and liposuction satisfaction up to two years following the procedure, including:

  • 43% experienced weight gain, with the majority of weight gain being 5-10 pounds.
  • 35% indicated they were exercising more often after liposuction.
  • 50% indicated that their diet improved following liposuction.
  • 80% were satisfied.
  • Liposuction patients that did not alter diet and exercise were 10 times more likely to be dissatisfied.

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