Recent studies have indicated that although liposuction temporarily removes fat and makes a cosmetic difference, it can cause an increase in a different type of fat that can be dangerous to the organs. This substance is known as visceral fat and is not always visible as it is stored much deeper below the skin than normal fat. It increases the risk of adult onset diabetes and heart attacks and may therefore offset any advantage gained through the surgery.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the gain in visceral fat can be counteracted with a healthy lifestyle, and in particular by avoiding fatty foods and engaging in regular exercise. This may nevertheless be bad news, as those people who opt for liposuction are those that were probably unwilling to exercise to begin with, which is why they decided to go under the knife rather than sweat a bit on the cross trainer. On the other hand, if the patients experience a sudden decrease in weight through surgery they may be more inclined to exercise, as they weigh less and are more motivated.
The great advantage of liposuction is that its effects are permanent in the area where fat is removed. This is because the fat cells are completely eliminated and can therefore never reappear. This is analogous to removing the roots of hairs rather than just trimming the hairs themselves. It seems, however, that the body has a natural way of compensating for this loss of fat. It does this by introducing new layers of fat in other parts of the body. It is precisely for this reason that an exercise regiment must be followed following surgery, in order to combat this effect. Moreover, you should keep in mind that liposuction is no miracle cure and it will take hard work and dedication to maintain the results. You can’t expect to lie back and eat muffins until your next operation.