There’s no shortage of information nowadays about the obesity “epidemic” in the United States. The fact is, epidemic or not, the U.S. has a serious problem with its weight. Nearly two out of three Americans are overweight and more than a third of all American adults are obese. The problem has become so substantial that First Lady Michelle Obama made it a priority of her office to develop health and fitness programs, especially for children.
Of course, proper diet and exercise is the only true method of losing weight. With them, no method or procedure by itself will work — at least in the long-term. Still, some people who diet and exercise regularly have problems getting rid of stubborn pockets of fat located in the body. Sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough to totally remove them. If this is the case, liposuction surgery (both invasive and non-invasive) can serve as supplements for one’s overall weight loss and fitness goals.
What is liposuction? Liposuction is the process of physically removing fat tissue from the body. Traditionally, liposuction required invasive surgery but with new laser technology, liposuction can be done without having to use a scalpel. Liposuction is one of the most popular surgical procedures in the U.S. In 2011, more than 200,000 liposuction procedures were performed, making it the 3rd most popular surgery that year. One reason why it is so popular is that even the invasive procedure is relatively mild compared to other kinds of surgeries. Patients who just underwent liposuction surgery typically were able to heal in a matter of weeks. As medical weight loss programs go, liposuction is relatively light weight.
There is no easy solution for weight loss and health improvement. It requires a lot of time, effort, and motivation in dieting, exercising, and otherwise leading a healthy lifestyle. Liposuction procedures are meant to act as supplements rather than a solution — but if diet and exercise alone aren’t delivering the full results you want, liposuction can be just the thing to achieve your body goals.