According to statistics in plastic surgery, liposuction is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgical procedures in our country. While this technique of removing stubborn subcutaneous fat is advantageous, new studies indicate the importance of healthy habits following the liposuction procedure. Patients who do not implement diet and exercise management risk subsequent accumulation of fat. Not just any fat, visceral fat.
The Nature of Visceral Fat
Visceral fat is different than the fat cells removed through liposuction. During this precision surgery, we eliminate the stubborn fatty tissue that has settled in subcutaneous layers beneath the skin. Visceral fat is a type of fatty tissue that can wrap around internal organs. It is known for instigating the release of unhealthy hormones that increase the risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. The fact that visceral fat forms deep within the abdominal cavity makes it easy to miss. However, that does not mean you cannot protect yourself from it.
There is Good News about Visceral Fat
Although some of the findings of recent research are concerning, the point that stands out the most is that there is a way to maximize the results that are achieved with liposuction, and chances are, you were already doing it prior to your surgery.
Regular exercise is a crucial component to maintaining your new body shape. Healthy habits like walking, yoga, dancing, or another favorite activity, significantly decrease your risk of developing harmful visceral after liposuction. And the good news about research on exercise for this particular type of fat prevention is that you don’t have to engage in overly challenging, overly stimulating exercise. Studies show that just 45 minutes of aerobic activity done 3 to 5 days a week goes a long way in cutting abdominal fat. The key is not intensity, but consistency; so find a routine that you enjoy, and just commit to doing it on a regular basis.
You deserve to look good and to feel your best. To learn more about liposuction and other body-sculpting techniques from an experienced plastic surgeon, schedule your visit at Kovanda Plastic Surgery.