Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S. But a new study finds that those receiving liposuction still need to exercise or risk not only regaining the fat, but putting it back in new, unwanted areas.
In the study, 36 healthy women volunteered to have about three pounds removed from their abdomens by liposuction. Half were then assigned an exercise routine and half were not.
After four months, those who exercised added no new fat. Those who did not exercise regained fat. And, some of the new fat settled deeper inside the abdomen as "visceral" fat." That particular type of fat is harmful - possibly increasing the risk for heart disease and diabetes.
If you’re considering liposuction and don't plan to exercise, too, the procedure could result in more harm than benefit.