When Diet and Exercise Aren't Enough
Some people have bodies that simply won't process their fat stores, regardless of the amount of exercise they put themselves through, or how vigilant they are about their diets. For these patients, liposuction (average fee: $2,884) is a potential solution, especially if they're only slightly overweight and have good skin [source: ASPS].
During liposuction, fat cells are actually liquefied -- either via injection or ultrasound -- and then removed. Normally, the procedure is done on an out-patient basis, and recovery times are generally quick. However, that recovery time is often tied directly to the amount of fat removed. Similarly, the risk associated with liposuction rises with the length of the procedure and the amount of fat being removed [source: WebMD]. Discuss the options with your surgeon, and plan accordingly.
Also keep in mind that liposuction is not a one-and-done solution to weight issues you might have. The removal of fat cells is permanent, but that doesn't prevent the addition of new fat cells. After your recovery period, you'll have to maintain an exercise regimen and a healthy diet to maintain your new-look body.
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