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Can you get siimilar results of liposuction through diet and exercise if you work hard enough?
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Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on the goal!
Liposuction is the only modality that can change shape.
Diet and exercise only help with size. Now, if you like your shape, then weight loss will help you reach your goals. If you have isolated areas that you wish to reduce, then no exercise or diet can achieve "spot reduction" and liposuction is a better choice. Now is it best to be close to your target weight before lipo? Absolutely!

In brief: Depends on the goal!
Liposuction is the only modality that can change shape.
Diet and exercise only help with size. Now, if you like your shape, then weight loss will help you reach your goals. If you have isolated areas that you wish to reduce, then no exercise or diet can achieve "spot reduction" and liposuction is a better choice. Now is it best to be close to your target weight before lipo? Absolutely!
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Dr. Kirk Churukian
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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Liposuction
Diet and exercise are a great way to start losing weight and maintain good health.
Medical weight loss programs with md guidance can help as well. Liposuction (particularly laser assisted liposuction) has some advantages in that it evenly melts the fat and also helps tone the skin - although best for helping people with that last 10-20% (vs. Large amounts of fat). Hope this helps!

In brief: Liposuction
Diet and exercise are a great way to start losing weight and maintain good health.
Medical weight loss programs with md guidance can help as well. Liposuction (particularly laser assisted liposuction) has some advantages in that it evenly melts the fat and also helps tone the skin - although best for helping people with that last 10-20% (vs. Large amounts of fat). Hope this helps!
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes & even superior
Liposuction is not a weight loss technique but ideally used for localized removal of fat.
It generally accomplishes aesthetic improvements. Weight loss will achieve systemic fat reduction and if used to reach your ideal body weight is good for your overall health and well being!

In brief: Yes & even superior
Liposuction is not a weight loss technique but ideally used for localized removal of fat.
It generally accomplishes aesthetic improvements. Weight loss will achieve systemic fat reduction and if used to reach your ideal body weight is good for your overall health and well being!
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Localized fat
Liposuction is best for localized areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise such as the love handles, "saddle bags" or hips/thighs, abdomen, upper arms, neck/chin, male breasts.
It is best for your overall health to lose weight through diet and exercise and you'll get more generalized fat loss and feel healthier. Liposuction should not be a replacement for diet/exercise but an adjunct.

In brief: Localized fat
Liposuction is best for localized areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise such as the love handles, "saddle bags" or hips/thighs, abdomen, upper arms, neck/chin, male breasts.
It is best for your overall health to lose weight through diet and exercise and you'll get more generalized fat loss and feel healthier. Liposuction should not be a replacement for diet/exercise but an adjunct.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Liposuction and diet
The ideal liposuction candidate is someone who does diet and exercise and can't reduce a bulge in a focal area, such as the outer thigh, abdomen and love handles.

In brief: Liposuction and diet
The ideal liposuction candidate is someone who does diet and exercise and can't reduce a bulge in a focal area, such as the outer thigh, abdomen and love handles.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Liposuction
Some patients are able to reduce the fatty accumulation by dieting and exercise.
Unfortunately, many patients are not able to reduce that last bulge of the love handle, thigh or abodomen, no matter how much they exercise or diet. Liposuction is for then indicated for them.

In brief: Liposuction
Some patients are able to reduce the fatty accumulation by dieting and exercise.
Unfortunately, many patients are not able to reduce that last bulge of the love handle, thigh or abodomen, no matter how much they exercise or diet. Liposuction is for then indicated for them.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Sometimes even after you work extremely hard i the gym you may still have some problem areas- this is where liposuction really is effective.

In brief: Yes
Sometimes even after you work extremely hard i the gym you may still have some problem areas- this is where liposuction really is effective.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Not Really
Diet/exercise is very important in body recontouring, but certain resistant areas typically will not respond.
Those areas are actually the better targets for having liposculpture to reduce the number of fat cells and their progenitor cells from the site. Lps can target those areas specifically and improve the reshaping resulting from your diet and exercise program. Those cells won't come back.

In brief: Not Really
Diet/exercise is very important in body recontouring, but certain resistant areas typically will not respond.
Those areas are actually the better targets for having liposculpture to reduce the number of fat cells and their progenitor cells from the site. Lps can target those areas specifically and improve the reshaping resulting from your diet and exercise program. Those cells won't come back.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Fara Movagharnia
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Yes, similar results
Liposuction will target specific areas of unwanted fat whereas losing fat through diet and exercise will be more generalized.

In brief: Yes, similar results
Liposuction will target specific areas of unwanted fat whereas losing fat through diet and exercise will be more generalized.
Dr. Fara Movagharnia
Dr. Fara Movagharnia
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes, similar results
A surgeon can remove fat cells containing fat, but the person will regain fat in places where the remaining fat cells are if he overeats later. Lipo can remove fat from specific body areas, but normal fat loss is general.
If a person eats fewer calories than he needs to live on, or if he exercises more than he did before and does not start eating more calories, then his body will use up stored fat.

In brief: Yes, similar results
A surgeon can remove fat cells containing fat, but the person will regain fat in places where the remaining fat cells are if he overeats later. Lipo can remove fat from specific body areas, but normal fat loss is general.
If a person eats fewer calories than he needs to live on, or if he exercises more than he did before and does not start eating more calories, then his body will use up stored fat.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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