Liposuction Myth Debunked; Tummy Tucks Help Keep Weight Off; How Smoking Impacts Surgery

Liposuction Myth Debunked; Tummy Tucks Help Keep Weight Off; How Smoking Impacts Surgery


I’m Jodi Olson from the American Society
of Plastic Surgeons and this is your Plastic Surgery Update. There’s something about
a new year and a clean slate when it comes to finding motivation to lose weight. It-is-hard-work
and there are no shortcuts…including liposuction. It’s a myth that the procedure can be used
in place of weight loss obtained the old fashion way—through diet and exercise. Truth is,
liposuction is very site-specific and just for stubborn fat that won’t go away no matter
what you do. “Well liposuction is often misunderstood. It’s not a form of weight
loss. Basically, it’s done for diet and exercise resistant areas like saddlebags and
abdominal wall fat like in males, but it’s certainly not a magic wand. It’s done to
get rid of unwanted fat that’s diet and exercise resistant.”)) Keeping it off—that’s
another story. A new study says obese people who lose weight have a better chance of keeping
it off if they get a tummy tuck at the end of the weight loss journey. It’s in Plastic
and Reconstructive Surgery, the official scientific journal of the American Society of Plastic
Surgeons. Researchers believe that removing fat tissue during the tummy tuck procedure
reduces the production of brain chemicals that stimulate appetite. In other words, fat
cells may actually trigger a chain reaction that results in feeling hungry…now there’s
a vicious cycle. Subjects in the study who had tummy tucks did say they felt fuller sooner.
“I attributed the sense of fullness the patients would tell me, and their loss of
appetite, to this simple tightening of the rectus muscles, the six pack muscles at the
midline. And in fact I think that the subject is more complicated and it may be involved
with gut hormones that are released from the fat as well as the GI tract that are inhibiting
the brain, neurons which inhibit the appetite. I think we’re just getting to the bottom
of the subject in terms of how to control appetite.” Also from Plastic and Reconstructive
Surgery, more reasons to stop smoking, especially before having any kind of surgery. Research
shows smokers have SIGNIFICANTLY higher overall complication rates, tissue death at the wound
or surgery site, and are more likely to need “re-operation”. Complications occur because
smoking interferes with oxygen getting to the blood, which then affects the body’s
ability to heal. It’s nothing to take lightly. Many people deny they’re smoking and have
major surgery not realizing the risks. For information on these stories and other trends
in plastic surgery go to plastic surgery dot org. Remember for any cosmetic or reconstructive
procedure, make sure your surgeon carries the ASPS symbol of excellence—an assurance
of the highest standards. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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