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Liposuction has a historical record of effectively removing body fat from men and women to provide a more contoured midsection and sexy physique. However, along with liposuction’s success rate, there are many myths about the procedure. Today on the blog, our Upper East Side of Manhattan experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Aviva Preminger, answers the common myth of whether lipo can give you six-pack abs.

Not All Fat is Equal

Fat located underneath the skin is subcutaneous fat. Generally, subcutaneous fat is harmless, but it can be aesthetically undesirable. On the other hand, visceral fat resides in the abdominal cavity. In standard terms, it’s often referred to as “beer belly,” which means it’s hard, firm, and worse for overall health than subcutaneous fat. For example, visceral fat stored near your organs releases hormones that may interfere with organ function. As a result, you could experience high blood pressure, high harmful cholesterol levels, insulin resistance, and an increased risk for stroke and heart disease.

New York City’s renowned plastic surgeon explains that visceral fat removal is not a benefit of liposuction. Since visceral fat is behind the abdominal wall, it’s impossible to remove it with liposuction. Instead, the best method to effectively and safely reduce visceral fat is through a healthy diet and exercise regimen that results in weight loss. Although excess visceral fat cannot prevent you from having a liposuction procedure, it can impact the results.

Loose Skin and Belly Hang

Loose skin can be a problem for those who experience extreme weight loss or have a liposuction procedure. When excess skin remains after liposuction and the abdomen does not retract due to your skin’s lack of elasticity, you could be a candidate for a tummy tuck to remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. Our experienced plastic surgeon on the Upper East Side of Manhattan explains that although traditional liposuction can provide excellent results, laser-assisted liposuction, like Smart Lipo, can improve skin-tightening outcomes.

Six-pack Abs Get Sculpted in the Gym and the Kitchen

Getting six-pack abs from liposuction is a myth. Patients with excess subcutaneous fat will not see their abs show through, no matter how much they work on their muscles in the gym. However, some patients argue that since liposuction can remove subcutaneous fat, everyone who gets liposuction should have six-pack abs. Unfortunately, visceral fat impedes muscle definition and blocks the six-pack appearance in many cases. Our New York City cosmetic surgeon explains that you shouldn’t expect six-pack abs after your lipo procedure without regular exercise and weight training. Additionally, consuming a healthy diet can reduce visceral fat and help create the six-pack abs of your dreams.

Liposuction on Upper East Side of Manhattan, and New York City, NY

Your dream of six-pack abs can come true with a combination of diet, exercise, and plastic surgery. Whether you regularly work out and have stubborn fat pockets or recently lost a significant amount of weight, our skilled plastic surgeon on the Upper East Side of Manhattan can offer a solution to remove subcutaneous fat cells permanently. Feel free to call Preminger Plastic Surgery at (212) 706-1900 today to learn more about liposuction.

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