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Millicent Odunze, M.D.

New Year's Resolutions - How's It Going?

By January 14, 2013

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So it's the 14th day of the new year! How are you doing on your resolutions? Was one of your New Year's resolutions to improve your physique, aka to lose weight?

Weight loss is usually at or near the top of the list for New Year's resolutions. Weight loss can come via different routes. There's surgery in which the stomach is altered to decrease food intake. Then there's the non-surgical approach of diet and exercise.

Some people believe plastic surgery is a "weight loss" method, specifically the use of liposuction. It is absolutely not.

Technically speaking, plastic surgery is for contouring or reshaping the body. Liposuction does this by removing excess fat from areas. At least once a day when I'm seeing patients, I have a patient ask me "How much weight will I lose from liposuction?" And my answer is simply, "Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure." Liposuction, however, can make you look like you've lost weight as it pares down areas and can make you look more streamlined in your physique.

So, if you're looking for a smaller number on the scale, liposuction may leave you disappointed. What you may expect after liposuction is:

  • Your clothes fit better.
  • You have decreased bulging of certain areas, such as love handles, the abdomen, and back fat/bra bulge.
  • You have improved body proportion - your upper body will look more in line with your lower body.

One last thing! Remember, even after liposuction you can gain weight! For tips on keeping your results, see Preventing the Return of Fat After Liposuction.

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