Study Finds Fat Returns After Liposuction

Liposuction is the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the United States, with over 450,000 people undergoing the fat-removing surgery every year. The before and after pictures make it look like the unwanted fat completely disappears, leaving the patient free of saddlebags or spare tires. But a recent liposuction study by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine found the fat returns within a year, and in unexpected new places. Venus Bodywork, a San Francisco med spa, says this study raises questions about the value-or lack thereof-of liposuction, an expensive and potentially dangerous procedure.

The study by University of Colorado School of Medicine researchers was the first randomized study of liposuction results ever conducted. A group of non-obese women with fatty deposits on their lower abdomens, hips or thighs underwent liposuction, and were measured at 6 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year. The results showed that within the year, all of the fat came back, but in new areas: mainly in the upper abdomen, and around the shoulders and triceps.

"Women considering liposuction should factor this study in to their decision," says Venus Bodywork owner Miria Kutcher.

All liposuction patients will experience pain and swelling, and will have to take a few days off work. While most operations do not cause major problems, liposuction does carry the risk of serious complications including allergic reactions, infections, blood clots, irregular shape, extra skin, dimpling, scars, and thrombophlebitis (swollen veins).

"Liposuction is an invasive procedure, and can result in complications," Kutcher notes. "Some women have considered it worth the risks because they thought the results were permanent, but now we know this is not the case."

Kutcher recommends that people considering liposuction explore other methods of fat removal first. Venus Bodywork offers a number of affordable liposuction alternatives, including sophisticated machines that dissolve and dislodge fatty deposits, body wraps, and skin-firming body scrubs. All of their procedures are non-invasive and do not come with the side-effects risks associated with liposuction.

Endermologie, for example, is a cellulite-reducing machine that rolls the skin, stimulating cells, increasing circulation and eliminating fatty deposits. Dermosonic is a dual-modality machine that uses a combination of ultrasound warming and vacuum-pressure massage to loosen and disburse stubborn fat. These methods feel more like a massage than a medical procedure. Either of these machines can be combined with Heccus, a Brazilian machine that uses ultrasound to stimulate inner "fatty" skin layers and encourage lymphatic drainage.

Venus Bodywork also offers fast visible results with body wraps, including Cryotherapy, a cold skin-firming wrap; Sudatonic, a detoxifying wrap that uses infrared heat therapy, and all-natural slimming and skin-hydrating wraps.

These fat reduction methods and others from Venus Bodywork, including skin-toning body scrubs, can be combined for extra effectiveness.

For more information about liposuction alternatives, or any of Venus Bodywork's products or services, call them at (415) 227-4322, view them on the web at or visit them at 862 Folsom Street in San Francisco by appointment.

About Venus Bodywork
Venus Bodywork was founded in 2004 and is a non-traditional spa that specializes in non-invasive weight loss and body shaping treatments from around the world. The med spa offers the women of San Francisco liposuction alternatives and weight loss treatments that produce equally impressive results at a fraction of the cost, risk, and without causing down time. Venus also offers skin care solutions and specialized waxing.

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