Do you consider liposuction cheating?

  • judy
  • 8 years ago

I read about the beautiful Christie Brinkley (52 yrs old!) being really strict about food. Eats frozen grapes for snacks, drinks vanilla soy. She must be miserable. I can’t imagine such a radical change in my diet to get my stomach flattened. I do watch I eat and exercise 4 days a week. I feel like liposuction is cheating, but it would be nice to throw away my control top underwear and not feel like I constantly have to suck-in my stomach. Am I crazy to think of lipo as cheating? 

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Nope. Liposuction is not cheating although it's a surgery to remove excess fat. It's just something that can help you reduce weight.
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Well, for me, it's not cheating. Especially for the ones that has a big problem with the excess fats. They have to remove those ugly fats that exercise alone can't remove.
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I don't.
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A study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, conducted quite a few years ago, perhaps in 1987, indicated that Liposuction is the safest procedure provided it was performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery which is a board that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. What all this means is that if your surgeons is fully trained and not only knows the technique of Liposuction but knows, anatomy, physiology, his capabilities, his limitations and selects his/her patients well with regard to their health and also stays within well established safety guidelines then the procedure is very safe. In medicine, and in nature, and medicine is nature there is nothing 100% as man still does not KNOW everything that is to be known. Practice good sound medicine and keep the interests of the patient FIRST then it is more likely that you will have good results.This all come out of is Liposuction Cheating?
It is not cheating but please do not hurt anybody even if Liposuction is cheating.
GSK
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I'm with you "S in PA!"
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High heels Make up False Eyelashes Colored contacts Hair Dye Spanx (ha ha)/Girdles Underwire bras Fake nails Hair transplants Tooth whiteners ~ are these "cheating?" No. They are "enhancers and helpers". Do what you want to do to be your best self (for you). Life is short. Be wise in choosing your surgeon!!! Lipo is no different.'Nuf said.
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Not cheating is correct...most of us may want help or enhancements in some way. Some people say "you're so vain!" or "crazy" but I guarantee you they also have vain or crazy things that they do or have done to feel better but won't admit! My boyfriend had the nerve to call me vain for having lipo on my "small issues" yet he is meticulous about a stray eyebrow or nose hair, shaves his back & front because he thinks he has too much hair, keeps his head buzzed exactly just so... but says it's not vanity...he only buys "name brand" clothes and shoes...sheesh! (I could go on but won't LOL)
It is not cheating if your doctor has selected used based on the criteria that Liposuction is a procedure to treat areas that are unresponsive to a sincere non surgical approach such as eating right (right food at right times), exercising, following a ’slim’ lifestyle, treating any hormonal causes for the excess fat and thinking slim. If you do all this and ’think slim’ and still do not loose the undesirable area of localized deposit of fat then to have it removed surgically is not cheating.Your good plastic surgeon who is busy serving all the real patients will not select you as a candidate if there is any hint that you have not made all the genuine efforts. There are some exceptions and the discussion of these circumstances is beyond the scope of this question/answer.
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I agree with most of the comments - expecially from the Doctors - so I won't go there but I do want to add something different. Christie Brinkly had a very OBVIOUS face lift a few years back. Now, if she is not unwilling to put her face under the knife, my bet is she wouldn't think twice about getting a little lipo. I can say this with some confidence as I've done exactly the same thing - i.e. eye surgery a few years back and now lipo. Cosmetic and plastic surgery is self perpetuating; once you've had one thing, its very easy to justify another procedure. Celebrities would like you to believe they are more lucky or blessed than the rest of us but truth is they just have more money and resources.
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More money does not necessarily give you better results. It is very natural to think the way you are thinking based on your experience. Please go to www.plasticsurgery.org and find out how the great majority of patients have better than just satisfactory results and if a certain condition bothered them enough they will undergo plastic surgery again. Overall plastic surgical procedures are very safe; they have to be for us to recommend them and select you as suitable candidates as complications, even though they do occur, are not easy to justify for procedures that you choose to do to enhance a condition. Please think positively and do not blame yourself for the decision to have surgery.
Don't consider it cheating and don't think that weight loss and exercise can take care of everything. These are considered diet resistant areas. They respond beautifully to liposuction. Liposuction is NOT a technique of weight loss but of body contouring. Steven Schuster MD FACS
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I had terrible complications from Smartlipo. Some ares of the skin heated up too much and contracted to far so that, when healing, scar tissue formed and the skin adhered to the muscle beneath leaving a huge obvious & ugly dent in my stomach. I had another SmartLipo treatment to try to fix the problem which ultimately made it worse. Then I tried a fat transfer to fill in the dent once it was lifted off the muscle but the fat encapsulated so yesterday I had to go get mesotherapy to dissovle the transplanted encapsulated fat. . . what is going to happen next is that I will have to have the entire area about 1 in wide and 3 inches long, excised . . . leaving an ugly scar across the abdomen. Snart Lipo is not good for relatively thin people with localized areas to treat . . . next I am going to try Vaser Liposelection and see if that does a better job.
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It is not Smart Lipo or any other newer technique that is of foremost importance in achieving the desired results. It is the 'hands and the experience' of your surgeon. Complications can occur in the best of hands and that is just ‘bad luck’ and not a fault of the surgeon or the technology. Newer technologies have overall given us better results and reduced the incidence of touch up or revision surgical procedures. Your surgeon’s choice of procedure was very good. I am , and I am sure your good surgeon is very sympathetic for your out of the usual experience. Your experience is very unusual, inconvenient to say the least to you but believe me, your surgeons is feeling emotionally worse even though it is not his fault. I have been in practice for 28 years and speak with no bias. I am an advocate of patients and surgeons willing to embrace newer innovative technologies to give their patients better results. Very sorry to hear of your one in a million bad experience. Please keep us posted.
i realise this is contrary to the other commenters, so please excuse so. I personally, for me, think it is cheating to get lipo. Cheating myself from getting serious bout exercise and diet. If after doing the right things i still have this terrible belly roll, you bet i'd get lipo.
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Judy, It might be better think about liposuction as a second chance rather than cheating. It is true that liposuction will take away fat that would have taken considerable work and discipline. Once you have liposuction, however, you still need to continue good eating habits and exercise regularly. After your quick recovery from liposuction, you will likely feel more motivated to maintain your new body. David Shafer NYC
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Liposuction most certainly IS NOT cheating, as long as patients and doctors are honest and realistic about what can and cannot be achieved. Liposuction is designed for people like you who are concientious about diet and exercise, but who have areas of fat that are resistant to these efforts, which are often genetically pre-determined. It is not a substitute for diet and exercise, and I carefully document my patient's weight post-operatively to insure that they are doing their part to maintain the results. However, liposuction can give patients such (often dramatic) improvement in their body contour that they have a better self-image and are more motivated to maintain their new figure by dieting and exercising than ever before.
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Agreed. If you have done everything you can to get rid of these troublesome areas (diet, exercise, weight loss), then liposuction is a reasonable option. Liposuction is not for weight loss but for the person who is at (or at least close to) their ideal body weight for their height, who has diet and exercise resistant fat deposits. If this is your scenario, then you should see a dramatic improvment.
Liposuction is only cheating if it is done for the wrong reason. Liposuction is not for someone who is overweight with an even weight distribution; it is for someone at their ideal weight or even a bit above it, but for whom the fat distribution is imbalanced or causes a contour irregularity. How do you know which category you fit into? Look at yourself in the mirror. If everything seems balanced for your age and gender- neck, breasts, back, stomach, etc. - then you probably do need to lose weight, and in that case it would be cheating to do liposuction. But if there is a bulge in one area that is disproportionate to the surrounding areas, then liposuction is probably your only solution, and it certainly isn't cheating. The clearcut example of this is the woman with a size 2 waist and size 6 thighs, but it is also the woman with a size 10 waist and size 14 thighs. Or it can be the patient who says, "The only way I can make my thighs look right is if I lose so much weight that my breasts disappear or my face looks too gaunt." And there are some people who complain about a bulge that is present no matter how much weight they lose. For all of these people, liposuction would certainly not be cheating; in fact, it is possibly their only option. One general rule I have, is that if a patient asks for "lipo of my arms, neck, back, waist, stomach, and thighs," then in most cases the issue is excessive weight. But when someone comes in and says, "no matter what I do, I have a bulge here and here," pointing to one or several areas, then they are more frequently liposuction candidates. And here's another thing: lipo doesn't work all that well when you do it all over. It can't smoothly thin you out from head to toe; it reduces and reshapes discrete problem areas. Only dieting can reduce you all over, so even if you tried to do "total body lipo", it would never substitute for weight loss. The most frequent concern patients have that are considering liposuction is whether the fat goes somewhere else. When you do it on an isolated bulge or two, it does not go elsewhere. But if someone is diffusely overweight, no matter how many areas you treat, the untreated areas tend to thicken up a bit over time, unless the patient really watches their weight. But if the patient started out with a weight issue, it is by definition highly improbably they will be totally in control of their weight. I know that's a bummer. Everyone wishes liposuction were a way to cheat around weight loss, but it isn't.
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It sounds like many of you are having very bad experiences. I would say it has to do more with the aggressiveness and technique of your provider than SmartLipo. I hate to say it. . .but you really need to know how your doc performs SmartLipo. You have to see their results and talk to their patients. If they are lumpy. . .you will be lumpy! It doesn't have to be that way. Being too agressive or not using enough anesthetic can be very painful and result in unsightly results. I am sorry many of you have had such bad experiences. You should always be able to see your physician for follow-up - it doesn't matter if you liked your results or not. Be persistent.
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Hi Judy, I feel for you . . . don't feel guilty about the Smart Lipo. I had it done last November, 6 months ago. I am a superfit, horsetrainer, who is 5'6" and presurgery weighed 124lb and now, post surgery, a slight 113lb. I basically exercise 8 hours a day. The pain was excrutiating lasting 6 weeks on pain meds. Be aware that your doctor may not be honest about the pain - mine, a prominent La Jolla surgeon, was not - and, I never saw him after the surgery notwithstanding the unbearable pain I endured. The results are not totally satisfying either. Although, my size 3 jeans are loose-fitting, I am self-concious and am not able to show any skin - my stomach looks awful. All of the areas treated LOOK treated as they are uneven, lumpy, and the skin is distorted. Be aware of the negatives going in so you won't be discouraged when it is over. Michell Anne
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I am 34 years old with 3 children. I eat very healthy. NO fat, sugar, white flour, caffeine, alcohol or corn syrup of any kind. I run 3 miles a day and still have had the same baby fat on my thighs that has been there since I was born. I had my breasts done 3 years ago and the plastic surgen actually told me that I should do something about my thighs. I didn't have any cellulite on them because of all of the years of running but they were just not in proportion to the rest of my body. I weighed 5'10" and weigh 150 lbs. I had lipodissolve done. The doctor that gave me my consultation told me that intensive exercise would give me good results after treatment. I did as she told me along with 15-20 minutes of hard/intense massaging on the treatment area every night. I now have the legs of a barbie doll but it was definitely HARD work and the results are well deserved. I had two treatments in all. I weigh about the same, so no it won't help you lose weight, but I went from a pants size 7 to 3. I've now maintained it on my original weight plan. I don't think lipodissolve is cheating because your not going to get great results if you don't put the work in. Just like losing weight. You may get decent results but if you want to be the woman that turns everyone's head you get what you deserve. The only women I know personally that say it's not worth it, wouldn't turn anyone's head. I'm sorry. I know that doesn't sound nice, but I want to be honest to motivate women to really love themselves and have a body to be proud of. Also, I know I'm kind of hard core about the exercise and diet and I don't mean that everyone should be that way. I do it for myself. My husband is fabulous he would sincerely love me if I was a size 3 or a size 15. I don't need to impress him. He's impressed by the way I love and take care of him.
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Liposuction of any kind does not mean you can work the next day. You can't even do that with Lipodissolve. I would count on a few days off work. Especially think about leaning on your back in a chair at work! There is pain to lipo and the drugs may make you sleepy, so just be cautious and be home the first two days.
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I am seriously thinking of having smart lipo on my abs and back. I love to power walk and do so for a few miles nightly. How long does lipo take to recover from? Does it hurt? can I go to work the next day? What are the side affects?
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SmartLipo is an excellent choice. You should be able to go walking for about 2 miles on the night of surgery. I have all of my patients do this. They continue walking 4 miles daily for the next 2 weeks. This helps them recover much faster than just sitting around. They all say they feel much better after walking. It can hurt but most say it's "uncomfortable". Everyone is different. You can go to work the next day but I recommend taking a couple of days off so you can "leak" and wait until after you can shower! We have everyone keep their garments on for 48 hours before taking it off to shower. . .
Your comment is appalling. I had SmartLipo last November and the experience was nothing short of horrific - I thought I would die several times from the pain, swelling, bruising, etc. My doctor never saw me after the surgery, notwithstanding my pleas for follow-up care. I am a smaller framed woman 5'6" 120 lbs and had the procedure to deal with some trouble spots. Under no circumstances would I ever let anyone I know have SmartLipo - I think it should be banned altogether. Incidentally, 2 weeks ago I had a facelift and breast implants - the day after surgery I was able to do some light housekeeping; I had no bruising, pain, and very little swelling.