Liposuction permanently reduces number of fat cells in 'problem areas'

Fat cells targeted by liposuction surgery don't return to parts of the body that have been treated or get redistributed to other areas, according to research. A study published in The Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has gone against an earlier report from 2011 which claimed fat cells often return within 12 months of surgery and can affect untreated areas of the body, specifically the shoulders, abdomen and arms. The latest findings have refuted this.However, Dr Jennifer Walden, a cosmetic surgeon based in Austin, Texas has highlighted how important it is for patients to understand that the surgical procedure "does not work miracles". "[Liposuction] does not change your ability to gain or lose weight and diet and exercise are recommended after the procedure to keep the fat off. "Its value is in permanently reducing the number of fat cells in problem areas for individuals who are at or near their ideal body weight, but have trouble getting rid of stubborn isolated pockets of fat despite a thousand crunches." Official figures show that liposuction has continued to be one of the most popular cosmetic procedures carried out in the US over the past decade. In 2011 more than 200,000 liposuction treatments were performed, according to data compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. See original story here: http://austin.culturemap.com/newsdetail/09-02-12-09-48-getting-the-skinny-on-fat/