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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY


Posted April 10, 2012 in Liposuction

Liposuction remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the country. Unfortunately too many patients have unrealistic expectations of the surgery, such as believing that liposuction is a remedy for exercise and a healthy diet. Rather, the best candidate for liposuction is someone whose weight has plateaued after losing as much body fat as he or she could through natural methods.

The common concern patients have about liposuction is regarding the results – will the fat ever return? A study conducted by the University of Colorado School of Medicine found that without a person’s change of lifestyle the fat will return within a year; individuals must continue to maintain a healthy regimen of diet and exercise in order to have a long-lasting outcome. If the fat does come back it will be redistributed to other areas of the body, most commonly the upper torso.

“The fact that fat returned is of great interest to us as scientists. It supports the idea that levels of body fat are very tightly regulated by mechanisms we have yet to uncover,” reported the lead researcher, Dr. Robert H. Eckel. “This was the hypothesis we were testing and it was confirmed. In rodents when fat is removed it returns, and after weight loss in humans most everyone regains the weight. We think the brain somehow knows how much fat is on board and responds in a manner to regulate that weight. That’s why preventing obesity is so important.”

Please contact Dr. Taranow today to schedule a consultation and discover if you are the right candidate for liposuction.