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Liposuction vs Exercise and Diet

liposuction vs exercise and diet
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  • September 14, 2016

When to Turn to Body Contouring

One of the most common misconceptions about liposuction is that the same results can be achieved through traditional weight loss methods of diet and exercise.

However, it’s important to remember that body contouring methods are not meant as weight loss alternatives because the goal of this plastic surgery procedure are distinctly different from those of weight loss.

Read on for a closer look at the differences between liposuction and traditional weight loss methods and if body contouring is the right option for you.

Visceral Vs Subcutaneous Fat Loss

Traditional weight loss is best achieved through healthy choices such as a controlled, balanced diet and regular exercise. For patients with significant weight difficulties, bariatric surgery such as an abdominoplasty may be key to losing a substantial amount of weight.

Visceral Fat

Following a healthy, balanced nutritional plan and exercising regularly are both excellent methods of burning visceral fat - the fat that is stored around your internal organs and is most commonly associated with serious health problems such as diabetes.

Subcutaneous Fat

Subcutaneous fat, on the other hand, is notoriously resistant to diet and exercise. This includes:

  • Love handles

  • Stomach rolls

  • Bulges on the upper arms, thighs, back and chin

In such cases, liposuction can improve body contours by effectively targeting and removing stubborn areas of subcutaneous fat.

When is Liposuction a good option?

Rather than replacing a healthy lifestyle, liposuction complements your weight loss efforts by taking over where diet and exercise fall short.

If you have any areas of unwanted fat that won’t go away despite your healthy diet and daily exercise regime, then liposuction is an effective surgical solution.

If one or more of the following apply to you, then a body contouring procedure is an option to consider:

  • I have excess fat deposits that won’t respond to diet or exercise: Liposuction is excellent for reducing fatty bulges and sculpting a beautifully natural contour to the body.

  • Certain areas of my body are out of proportion with the rest of my figure: Reducing excess fat in one area of the body can bring it into better balance with your natural figure.

  • I have good skin elasticity: For the best liposuction results, skin should be elastic enough to contract to the body’s new contours.

  • I am near my desired weight: Liposuction is best for reducing localized fat deposits and the most satisfied patients are physically healthy and are of average or slightly above average weight.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for body contouring, read our full article: How Effective is Liposuction?

Learn more

To receive more information on the costs, benefits and healing times of liposuction, or to book a personalized consultation, contact Dr. Ladak today at (780) 407-6691.


Dr. Adil Ladak is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Edmonton, Alberta and specializes in a variety of cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures.


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