Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Truth About Liposuction

Liposuction is when fat deposits are specifically removed from certain parts of the body. It is a cosmetic procedure meant to enhance one’s self image. But does it come free of cost? Definitely not financially. Besides the expense, there has to be a catch. There’s no way that I can have this procedure done, to remove stubborn belly fat (for example), and then continue my life and never have to worry about my belly looking rotund again. Liposuction is not a substitute for eating healthy and exercising nor is it a solution to obesity. It does not boost your metabolism or increase muscle mass like being fit would and, many times, people regain the weight (plus some) after liposuction. Not only that, here is a list from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website that lists the risks of liposuction.

  • Uneven contours
  • Rippling or loose skin
  • Skin or nerve damage
  • Irregular pigmentation
  • Infection
  • Fat clots
  • Blood clots
  • Excessive fluid loss or fluid accumulation
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Thermal burn or heat injury from ultrasound with the ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty technique
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Change in skin sensation
  • Skin discoloration or swelling
  • Asymmetry
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, and abdominal organs
  • Poor wound healing
  • Persistent swelling in the legs
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Possibility of revisional surgery

Personally, I would say that anything on this list is worse than having a fat belly. Most of these risks are dangerous and/or have permanent affects. So, if I get liposuction, I can have a slim tummy but it might be scarred, uneven or I might not have sensation on it because of nerve damage? Oh, and I might gain the weight back on top of all of that. Doesn’t sound like a fair deal.

Listen up everyone, there is another solution to getting rid of the fat that you so desperately dislike! It is called lifestyle change. It may involve hard work, sweating, soreness, getting up early, eating vegetables and may have some side effects like feeling accomplished, making friends, losing weight, getting compliments, gaining muscle and being happy with one’s self. Sound okay? There is no need to pay thousands to get surgery and risk harming your body when you can pay a monthly membership at a gym or at Tone You Up to decrease your body fat and increase self image. Fitness can really change your life for the better forever! Liposuction is a temporary fix. And wouldn’t you rather say “I worked hard to have this body” instead of “I paid a lot for this body”? 

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