Health Watch — Weight Loss Surgery: Liposuction

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If you’ve struggled to lose weight, the idea of a surgery to remove unwanted pounds may be tempting. This week on Health Watch, we’ll look at some common weight loss surgeries and how they can help re-shape the body.

Liposuction is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure. In this procedure, fat is removed from specific areas. A survey conducted at UT Southwestern Medical Center found that most patients are satisfied with the results of their liposuction and would recommend the procedure to friends and family. More than half of patients report that they lost three or more dress sizes after having liposuction. However, Dr. Rod Rohrich, chairman of plastic surgery at UT Southwestern, says liposuction should not be considered a weight loss method. It’s a method for sculpting and contouring trouble areas in conjunction with weight loss.


November 2007

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