Exercises that will Improve Liposuction Results
Liposuction is a great way to remove stubborn pockets of fat such as muffin tops and love handles but new research shows that removing fat in this method may cause an increase in the levels of potentially dangerous visceral fat found in patients. Visceral fat is stored around the organs deep within the abdomen and can increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes but don’t fret: regular exercise has been shown to greatly counteract this effect.
Fat is permanently removed from the body during liposuction but, without exercise and a healthy diet, it can come back and it often does not return immediately to the place it was taken from. Because of damage to the subcutaneous fat layers caused during the liposuction process, fat which builds up is more likely to be absorbed by fat cells in other parts of the body, commonly those in between abdominal organs. This is due to the body’s desire to maintain homeostasis, that is, to maintain the level of fat on our body. This is a survival mechanism meant to guard against lean times which predisposes us to put on weight easily and makes it harder to take the pounds back off.
In a study in Brazil of 36 women who had undergone small-volume liposuction it was found that a regular regimen of exercise can greatly reduce this risk. Two months following the procedure, half of the women studied began exercising three times a week with a 5-minute warm-up followed by strength training such as sit-ups and up to 40 minutes of cardiovascular training such running on a treadmill. Six months after the procedure all of the women were tested in order to compare the amount of visceral fat which had accumulated during their recovery time. Those who did not exercise saw a 10% greater increase in dangerous visceral fat.
“If someone chooses to undergo liposuction, it is very important, if not essential, that this person exercises after the surgery,” says researcher Fabiana Braga Benatti, PhD, of the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.
Despite its reputation as the lazy way to get skinny, liposuction is not at all meant as a replacement for regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle and weight gain after liposuction is common in those who misunderstand the lasting effects of the liposuction procedure. Weight gain is often due to metabolic reasons and hormonal drivers will not be altered by the liposuction procedure. Therefore, in order to get your money’s worth, it is crucial to do your best to work off any extra calories you consume so they cannot be turned into fat and stored.
Some down time after a liposuction procedure is necessary in order to facilitate healing but it is equally necessary to return to exercising regularly once you are able. Consult your surgeon for more specific information but most patients are able to working out within 6-8 weeks of their procedure.
Allen Harper has been in the health industry since 1990. He has had splendid experiences working in the field of health. He specializes on fat injection treatment and other skin rejuvenation treatments. Born and brought up in Toronto city, Allen Harper completed his graduation in the same field at the university of Western Ontario. For more information, follow him on twitter.