Getting Rid of Visceral Fat After Lipo and Tummy Tuck

After having tummy tuck and liposuction in the same area, will the visceral fat begin to come off with continued exercise, or will the fat closer to the skin on the rest of the body be the first to come off? I’m really curious about how to get rid of visceral fat.

Doctor Answers 4

Everyone is Unique

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Only your body can tell which fat will come off first, and this is determined mainly by genetics. As you already probably know, the only way to reduce visceral fat is with a healthy diet and exercise regimen, making sure to burn more calories than what you consume everyday.  High intensity aerobic activity, strength training, and eating a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables will help.

Liposuction cannot remove visceral fat.

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This is why it is so important to make the correct diagnosis before surgery.  If the abdomen bulges because of visceral fat (fat around the gut), no surgery will help.  Only weight loss.  Frequent problem in men.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

Diet and exercise is the only way

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Your body genetically will determine what areas of fat will first be absorbed but eventually the visceral fat is attacked if you maintain a proplonged program of proper diet and exercise. Make sure your daily expenditure of calories exceeds your intake and don't starve yourself. I would avoid any fad diets because these virtually always lead to recurrent weight gain.

Diet and Exercise

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The only way to rid yourself of visceral fat is through diet and exercise. The degree of diet and exercise will depend on the individual person. Persist and good things will happen.  If you go on a strict medical diet like Optifast you will see results very quickly.

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