Having liposuction may make other parts of the body fatter, study finds

3rd May 2011

A new study has revealed that people who undergo liposuction fat removal may experience the unwanted side-effect of becoming fatter in other areas.

Researchers at the University of Colorado discovered that around a year after the operation fat would often have displaced itself from the area where it was removed – typically the stomach, thighs and bottom – to parts of the upper body.

Thirty-two women were tracked for a year as part of the study, with half undergoing surgery and half acting as a control group. It was found that after a year the amount of fat in the women's bodies had evened, after the operation group initially lost more fat, but the fat had appeared elsewhere.

The study was conducted after a laboratory study with rats yielded similar results.

Analyst Rudolph Leibel, from New York's Columbia University, said that the body compensates for the swift loss of fat cells by creating more in another part of the body.

New Liposuction reported that the number of people requesting liposuction fat removal had grown in recent years as new technologies have become available.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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