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The Unusual Use of Liposuction Among Bodybuilders

September 15, 2014

Bodybuilders are recognized for their exceptional physiques consisting of low body fat levels and significant muscle mass. They are regarded as the aesthetic ideal for those looking to enhance their physical appearance.

Liposuction

But many are surprised to learn that the use of liposuction has increased among bodybuilders. This is an unusual trend in a population that is considered to not need such aesthetic procedures.

Why Bodybuilders Choose Liposuction

Liposuction is regarded as a procedure for those with excessive amounts of body fat who have been unable to lose weight using other methods. But what you may not realize is that bodybuilders also face the same challenges around losing body fat.

The only difference is that their focus tends to be centered on smaller amounts of body fat. For competitive bodybuilders, their success depends on reaching very low levels of body fat. This can be challenging despite a rigorous exercise and diet program.

In fact, as individuals reach lower levels of body fat, it becomes harder for them to continue losing weight. Many bodybuilders simply cannot overcome their genetic dispositions and choose liposuction as an alternative solution.

Using Liposuction

Liposuction is a procedure that removes unwanted fat from the body, while helping to create more definition and tone in a number of areas:

  • Abdominals
  • Breasts
  • Back
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Arms
  • Neck
  • Love handles
  • Calves

One of the most important considerations in performing liposuction is the health of the individual. This gives bodybuilders an advantage. Large amounts of weight loss after the procedure can affect the overall results, but bodybuilders don’t have this concern.

Doctors recommend that all individuals lose as much weight as they can prior to undergoing liposuction for the best results. Since bodybuilders are already at a reasonable body fat percentage, they can undergo liposuction without any major issues.

The procedure does not eliminate the development of future fat deposits, and is best used as a supplement to an already active lifestyle.

Patients should be free of disease and in good health. They should also understand that in order to maintain the results of the procedure, they’d need to make healthy lifestyle changes once they’ve completed it.

Recovery Time

For those who undergo liposuction, the time required to fully recover will depend on the amount of adipose tissue that is removed. Another important factor is the health status of the patient. This makes it easy for healthy bodybuilders who undergo the procedure to minimize the downtime required.

Bodybuilders who choose to undergo liposuction are reaping the benefits that the procedure has provided countless others, while taking advantage of their good health to maximize their results.

Although most people are surprised to hear that bodybuilders are using liposuction, the end goals are the same as those of the general public. This indicates that its popularity among bodybuilders and other athletes will continue to grow.


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