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"Are there any drawbacks to liposuction?"
I'm 30 and I want to be thinner. Is liposuction the answer?
Liposuction is a surgical technique in which excess fat and fat cells are removed from under the skin using a suction probe that is introduced under the skin through small incisions. Liposuction is generally a very well tolerated procedure, although it does carry the standard risks of any surgical procedure, such as bleeding and infection. Your plastic surgeon will explain all of this to you when you set up your first appointment. In terms of permanent weight loss, liposuction is definitely not the answer. Liposuction is just a temporary quick fix that can immediately reduce fat tissue. However, it does not correct the underlying bad eating habits that led to being overweight in the first place. If you do not correct these habits, the fat tissue will simply come back over time. The only effective way to permanently keep off weight is by adopting a program of exercise and diet. A dietitian can help you come up with an effective dieting plan that also helps you learn how to eat more healthy foods in the future. Also, most doctors would recommend that you try to get at least 30-60 minutes of aerobic exercise on most days of the week in order to achieve lasting weight control.
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