Is liposuction a treatment for obesity
Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure for the treatment of poorly contoured body resulting from stubborn fat deposits. As you age and gain weight, your estrogen level will plummet and fat will start to accumulate in different areas of your body instead of storing in your butt. The common fat accumulation areas include the abdomen, sides, love handles, thighs, and upper back.
The stubborn pockets of fat will make your body appear aesthetically unwelcoming. The contour of your body will become poor as a result of the unsightly fat deposits that are highly resistant to diet and exercise. While patients are advised to try those weight loss methods first to hopefully get rid of their excess fat, in most cases the fat does not respond to these interventions. This is where liposuction comes in.
Unfortunately, there are many people who wrongly consider liposuction as a treatment for obesity or a weight loss method. There are also those who use liposuction as a license to eat excessively and unhealthily. The reality is that liposuction is neither a treatment for obesity nor a weight loss method. It is a pure body contouring plastic surgery procedure.
The volume of fat removed during liposuction is not enough to account for significant weight loss. Even if a large volume liposuction is undertaken, it wouldn’t reduce your weight significantly. It is important to understand that there is a limit to how much fat can be removed from your body during a single session. For example, 3-5 liters of fat is removed from the body during liposuction in most cases. This will play a significant role in contouring your body but not in decreasing your weight or treating obesity.
In order to get the most out of liposuction, you should undergo the procedure for the right reasons, have the right motivations, and achieve the right goals. If your goal is to treat obesity through liposuction, you will not qualify for the surgery. In order to be a good candidate for the procedure, you will be required to have realistic and reasonable goals. In fact, obese people are not good candidates for liposuction. If you’re overweight or obese, you will be told to cut your weight before considering liposuction.
There have been a few cases where large volume liposuction has been performed on obese patients with the goal to decrease their weight. The outcomes have been disastrous for the patients. The surgery has resulted in life-threatening complications for many of them. If you are overweight but your weight has stabilized over the years, you may qualify for liposuction. However, your goal should be contouring your body with the surgery instead of losing weight.
Patients are required to maintain a stable weight after liposuction. The procedure does not remove each and every fat cell from the body. Weight gain after liposuction will lead to expansion and growth of fat cells in your body. The fat cell expansion will continue to a certain level and then produce new ones. Together, they will negatively affect the results achieved via liposuction.