Ah, who hasn’t dreamed of fat magically taken away overnight? It seems so easy. However, liposuction carries the unwanted side-effect of making other parts of a patient’s body fatter, a study published in Obesity Journal has found. The study involved 32 non-obese and healthy women of average weight and in their mid-30s.
Those who had fat reduced from their thighs found that after 1 year the thigh region remained reduced, but fat accumulated in their abdominal region. The researchers concluded that after liposuction, body fat “was restored and redistributed from the thigh to the abdomen”.
Obesity experts suggest that the human body “defends” its fat, and if you try to lose it, it will find a way to bring it back. And the fat does not return to the targeted area because the liposuction destroys the “scaffolding” infrastructure that holds fat in place, so it finds somewhere else to settle.
For the study, 14 of the women were randomly selected to have a modest amount of fat removed by liposuction from their hips and thighs, the remaining 18 acted as ‘controls’ who did not have the procedure. (The controls were offered liposuction after the study completed).