Would laser lipo be an okay option for me to shed a little weight along with exercise? 5'5", 170 lbs,
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Liposuction for weight loss
My unequivocal answer to the question of trying to lose weight is absolutely. Weight loss attempts should both precede liposuction, and in patients that decide to do both, continue after laser liposuction is performed. In a nutshell, smartlipo is a shape contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure, even though fat is being removed.
Weight loss, when successful, is superior to laser liposuction for several reasons:
Weight loss has health benefits and contributes to your body' s overall well being. As we all know, weight loss helps your body function better and decreases the risks of many ailments (liposuction has no health benefits, just cosmetic benefits).
Weight control is important even if you decide to do liposuction. Liposuction can help contour a specific area of your body, but does not help you control or maintain your long term weight (more on that in the "does the fat come back" section below).
Successful long term weight control can result in more fat and more proportional shrinkage than liposuction alone.
That said, despite my strong belief that weight loss is extremely important and superior to the procedure I specialize in, liposuction can still play a significant role in body reshaping. When you lose weight, you cannot tell your body where you want the first 5 lbs to come off, and second five pounds to come off. Your body likes to store and release fat in a manner determined more by genetics rather than anything else. For instance, a person may find they don't like their outer thighs, and even after getting down to a very reasonable weight, that area may still be prominent. This is where liposuction can be of assistance. The second area where laser liposuction can be of assistance is in "kick-starting" a body reshaping regimen that will consist of laser lipo and a change in lifestyle. I find that the psychological boost obtained from reshaping the troublesome area can be translated into motivation to keep up the results with a lifestyle change.
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Laser liposuction can remove fat but not cause weight loss
However liposuction is not a method for weight loss.
Understand that fat inside your abdomen wrapped around your intestine which cannot be removed with liposuction is a major factor contributing to your weight.
Ideally you should use diet and exercise to lose as much weight as possible before having liposuction. If you do you will have a much better result.
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