Excuse my political incorrectness when I tell you that liposuction is for lazy people, yet when I Googled this rude thought to verify that the masses also agree, my search barely netted any results. Does this mean I’m the one with the problem? Could be.
I wandered through Google a while longer and don’t quite recall how I landed at the Fat Pride Meetup Group, but that’s when the light bulb went off. Hey, I know some people that got the fat sucked out of them! This includes Fad Diet Diva, the one who gave me the Cookie Diet Interview. I gave her a call to get her side of the story, but did she alter my lopsided view on liposuction?
Liposuction Notes as spoken by Fad Diet Diva
- I was only a size 7/8 when I chose to have liposuction, but I had a lot of fat in my stomach. It’s not recommended for obese people because the procedure is generally limited to removing only 10 pounds at a time. For me, it helped with my problem area.
- Most people that get liposuction are just a little thick, not really fat (that’s what bariatric surgery is for). I know someone who was rejected for lipo because, according to the doctor, she was too thin.
- When I came out of lipo I was still a 7/8, but my stomach was smoother. I had 2 liters of fat extracted, a little over 1/2 a gallon.
- Liposuction is about aesthetics and a finishing touch to smooth out troubled zones, not weight management. My doctor did a good job explaining this to me.
- After lipo I ended up re-gaining weight, but it never came back in my stomach the way it was. The fat was redistributed to my arms and butt, but I’m still happy and I’d do it again.
- The procedure will make you look and feel better, but it’s not a cure all because it won’t fix your life. It also won’t give you body definition or muscle tone. Liposuction won’t make your body look like you workout unless you actually go and workout.
- I’m an advocate for exercise, but if you have the cash, why not let technology give you some help?
Yum Yucky’s Notes
At present, liposuction costs generally range from $2,000 to $10,000. When Fad Diet Diva had her procedure almost then years ago I recall her mentioning she paid around $7,000.
People don’t typically re-gain in areas where they’ve had fat extracted because fat cells are removed and cannot grow back. This is also the reason the procedure can backfire if you fail to manage your weight. Another individual’s post-lipo weight gain also redistributed to her arms and has become unsightly, while yet another became hunchback when fat redistributed to her upper back. So what’s the point?
This brings me back to my original question: Is liposuction for lazy people? I say “yes” when its about people who forgo the discipline required to maintain their surgical-induced weight loss. For others who opt in for aesthetics, I’m not so critical anymore. I put them in the same category with fake boob, fake nail, and fake hair wearers who take short cuts (cheat?) to look good.
I had my fourth child six months ago, so I know plenty about dealing with excess weight and stubborn troubled spots. Over the years my closet has seen clothes ranging in size from 4 to 12, but I’m all for the non-surgical route to weight loss because the hard work of training and eating right is rewarding when the results show up in the mirror and bring about health benefits that surgery can never offer. I’m not in to quick fixes. Just my two cents.
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