Health and Wellness: New Research Shows Exercise Improves Liposuction Results

Liposuction in Atlanta GAAccording to a new study by Brazilian researchers from the University of Sao Paulo that was released in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), exercise following liposuction decreases compensatory visceral fat increase, which is often triggered by abdominal liposuction. There are two types of fat in the body: subcutaneous and visceral fat. Subcutaneous is the bothersome fat we notice beneath our skin that can be removed during liposuction surgery, but visceral fat lies deeper within the body’s organs. In fact, while subcutaneous fat deposits are unsightly, because of its location, visceral fat is actually more dangerous and contributes to chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

The study included a group of 36 female abdominal liposuction patients who did not exercise regularly before surgery. Half of the participants were encouraged to start exercising three times a week beginning two months after surgery. All of the participants had a flatter abdomen than they did before the procedure, but those who did not exercise had an increase in visceral fat deposits whereas those who worked out did not.

While further research is necessary to validate this study’s results, the body begins to compensate for fat when fat is removed from the body. Although many liposuction patients who do not exercise regularly after surgery may still be please with their results because they do not notice the compensatory fat, I encourage patients seeking body contouring procedures to begin following a diet and exercise plan once they have healed after surgery.

I often tell my patients that plastic surgery is no substitute for a healthy lifestyle—instead, they complement each other. Similar to liposuction, patients who receive tummy tuck surgery or other body lift procedures should focus on a healthy diet and engaging in fitness. Not only will healthy living make you feel better, it will also help you maintain cosmetic surgery results.

Many patients are interested in starting a workout regimen or developing healthier eating habits, but they just don’t know where to start. Therefore, I work closely with ACE certified personal trainer and inventor of Chair-a-cise, Daryl Madison, to help patients gain the information they need to reach their goals and live healthier. I also enjoy sharing information like diet tips and healthy recipes on the Health and Wellness section of my blog as well as my social media outlets. Visit my website today to find out more about the plastic surgery procedures I offer or for more health and wellness tips. Be sure to also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Health and Wellness: Determining a Healthy Weight

health and wellnessEarlier this month Medical News Today released an article entitled “What is a Healthy Weight?” Discussing factors like age, sex, height, bone density, etc. that affect a person’s ideal weight, the article emphasized that one person’s healthy weight can’t be compared to another’s. Since health and wellness is such an important part of Southern Plastic Surgery and more plastic surgery patients are seeking non-invasive forms of fat reduction, I felt the need to discuss how to determine a healthy weight.

It’s important to first determine what is healthy for you. There are a variety of tests to determine a healthy weight, but experts across the world still do not agree on a defined healthy weight. Tests like Body Mass Index (BMI) and Waist-Hip Ratio (WHR) help determine whether people are overweight, underweight, or at a healthy weight. However, there are still problems with these tests. For instance, BMI measures a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by their height (in meters) squared, but it does not take into account body composition or where the weight comes from. A person with excess fat can have the same BMI as an athletic person who is very muscular. WHR does a better job of determining a healthy body weight as it compares the waist and hip measurements, but it still does not measure body fat or muscle-to-fat ratio.

The article concluded that it is more important to focus on true body composition rather than weight, which can be determined by body fat percentage measurement. Although it may not be so simple to go out and get a body fat percentage measurement, the article’s conclusion highlights the importance of focusing on eliminating fat instead of focusing on weight loss. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that some fat is necessary for survival.

As you may have read in my latest press release, there has been a recent increase in patients seeking non-invasive fat reduction. It’s understandable that patients would be more interested in fat reduction technology, like CoolSculpting®, that doesn’t require downtime, but what they fail to understand is that this type of procedure is made for a very specific patient who has very small, isolated area(s) of excess fat. Those patients with larger pockets of excess fat may be more suited for liposuction or a tummy tuck surgery. A procedure to tighten loose skin may be more appropriate for some patients. Because there are so many factors to consider when choosing a method of fat reduction, it is important to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in body contouring to help determine which procedure will best meet your fat reduction needs.

Whether or not you choose a cosmetic procedure for fat reduction, it is still important to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly to improve overall body composition and muscle-to-fat ratio. If you need help finding healthy recipes or workout tips, visit the rest of my health and wellness blog entries. For personal instruction, you can also seek the help of Daryl Madison, ACE certified personal trainer. Whether you’d like a customized diet or workout plan, Daryl can help you get on track.

For more information on health and wellness or plastic surgery, review the rest of my website or contact the office. Be sure to connect with me on Facebook and Twitter if you haven’t already to stay updated on the latest plastic surgery news.

Did You See Dr. Whiteman in This Month’s Best Self Magazine?

Dr. David Whiteman was featured in Best Self Atlanta magazine’s “Expert Connect” section this December answering your questions about body contouring with liposuction. Check out the article below for more details:

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