[Joan Kidlingon, Health and Safety Contributor]
MailOnline: Just having saved up the £6000 to get my tummy fat sucked off, the devastating news that liposuction not only will make other parts of my body fatter, but will probably make me fatter all over, is not welcome!
A recent study by researchers at the University of Colorado found that fat removed by liposuction tended to come back to the upper abdomen, around the shoulders and triceps. As the liposuction procedure damages the underlying skin structure, the fat cells removed do not grow back in the same place, but the body compensates by rapidly growing fat cells elsewhere in the body.
Sadly, fat cells are not our friends. Although they live for only seven years, each time one dies, another one promptly takes its place.
In the UK and USA, more than 450,000 liposuctions happen every year at an average of around £5000 per procedure. Liposuction involves a surgical process whereby a tube attached to a vacuum pump is put under the skin and fat is scraped out at the same time.
- Liposuction fat is back within a year: What’s taken from thighs ‘returns on arms’ (dailymail.co.uk)
- Fat removed by liposuction returns after a year, study finds (independent.co.uk)
- Liposuction Fat Reappears On Arms, Belly (newser.com)
- Fat removed by liposuction shows up after a year! (news.bioscholar.com)
- After liposuction, fat comes back in other places says study (dailymail.co.uk)
- Is Liposuction the Right Option for You? (everydayhealth.com)
- The fat came back: Belly bulge returns after liposuction (theglobeandmail.com)
- Liposuctioned fat comes back in all the wrong places, says study (cbsnews.com)
- NYT: With lipo, the fat comes back – in weird places (msnbc.msn.com)
- With Liposuction, the Belly Finds What the Thighs Lose (nytimes.com)