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Exercise vs. Liposuction: When to Choose One Over the Other

August 14, 2014

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures used in North America and around the world but many customers do not have a very good understanding of what the procedure can and cannot accomplish. Cosmetic surgeons spend a fair amount of their time clearing up the misconceptions, myths, and half-truths surrounding this popular procedure.

Exercise Vs. Liposuction

The Benefits of Exercise

Regular exercise and eating well are essential aspects of maintaining a healthy body whether or not you decide to undergo a liposuction procedure. Achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight is an important first step before a patient should even consider liposuction as it cannot be used to remove large amounts of fat and does not provide permanent results without the right changes to a patient’s lifestyle.

Exercise is important both before and after liposuction: Before liposuction it helps a patient achieve their ideal body weight and keeps the body happy, healthy, and fit. After liposuction is prevents fat from returning to treated areas or accumulating in other areas of the body. It also helps prevent the growth of visceral fat which grows deep inside the abdomen between the organs and can increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

The Benefits of Liposuction

Liposuction is best used to treat small, stubborn pockets of fat that do not respond to exercise. It cannot be used as a replacement or an alternative to regular exercise. In fact, even body builders with as little as 7% body fat may end up with stubborn pockets that cannot be burned away and it is not uncommon for extremely physically fit people to undergo a liposuction treatment in order to improve their toned appearance.

The benefits of liposuction are not limited to the extremely fit or skinny, however. Virtually anyone who has achieved their ideal body weight can use liposuction treatments to tone specific areas of their body regardless of size. The little belly that remains despite lots of exercise and a healthy lifestyle or saddlebags that refuse to be burned off are perfect targets for this cosmetic treatment.

Conclusion

It is not really a matter of exercise vs. liposuction but rather how to best combine the two in order to achieve the best possible results. Exercise will help you reach a healthy weight and allow liposuction treatments to work most effectively. Liposuction can be used to complement the effects of exercise by toning stubborn areas for a more fit overall appearance.


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