Health Watch -- Self Improvement: Liposuction

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about self improvement and other New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight and getting in shape are two of the most common resolutions, but they require a lot of work with diet and exercise. That makes shortcuts such as surgery sound tempting. It seems so much easier to just have the fat sucked out with liposuction.

Dr. Rod Rohrich, chairman of plastic surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says diet and exercise are essential for good results, even with liposuction. Liposuction isn’t really a weight loss tool. It’s a way of shaping and contouring fat in trouble areas such as hips or thighs once you’ve reached your weight loss goal. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise is also essential for good long-term results after liposuction. The surgery doesn’t mean your weight problems are over for life.


December 2006

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