In Unwanted Places
Liposuction is the fourth most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the US according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons - but, says new research, it’s far from perfect. A new study from the University of Colorado examined non-obese patients who’d had liposuction of their thighs and lower abdomens and found that fat that’s been removed from one part of the body comes back in another part. For study participants that meant that, after a year following the surgery, fat deposits came back in the patients’ upper abdomens, shoulders and upper arms. Liposuction, which is not a treatment for obesity and which removes unwanted fat from specific areas of the body, such as the thighs, chin and abdomen, accounted for 200,000 procedures in the US last year.