Bad news for celebrities as study finds that fat removed by liposuction grows back within a year in other places

[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.

The research was carried out on 32 healthy women in their mid-30s of average weight. Fourteen of then had been selected at random to have some of their fat removed by liposuction, mainly from their hips and thighs. The remaining women acted as ‘controls’ and did not have the procedure.
Thereafter, the women were measured at intervals of six weeks, six months and one year.   The six week’s measurement showed that the women who had the procedure had lost 2.1 per cent of fat. Those who had not, had lost 0.28 per cent. But after one year, the women were equally as fat. For the women who had the procedure, the fat had returned to other places in their bodies (eg., thigh to belly).

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.

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