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Liposuction Can Help Manage Middle-Age Spread

Posted August 02, 2013 in Liposuction

If middle-age spread is creeping up on you in spite of a healthy diet and exercise plan designed to avoid it, you aren’t alone. It is quite common for people to begin putting on weight during this period of life, even as they maintain the same dietary habits and activity levels that have kept them in great shape for decades. Changes in body chemistry that occur during this phase of life, in both men and women, can cause body fat to accumulate in certain areas despite the best efforts at weight control, and those problem areas are often determined by genetics. Fortunately, when all else fails, middle age spread can be managed with liposuction.

Middle-age spread is more than just a cosmetic issue, especially for men and women who accumulate excess body fat in the abdominal region. As the waistline grows, so too does the risk of an array of health conditions, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. While a healthy, balanced diet and plenty of daily exercise is the ideal solution to maintaining a great figure and optimal health, those measures just aren’t enough to keep middle-age spread at bay for everyone. For some, problem areas develop despite a health lifestyle, with pockets of stubborn body fat developing without obvious rhyme or reason.

For women, middle-age spread tends to appear around the hips, thighs, abdomen or upper arms, often following the same pattern seen in a woman’s mother, grandmother and other female relatives. Men tend to inherit areas of middle-age spread as well, generally developing trouble spots of excess fat around the waistline, chest or lower back in much the same manner as their older male family members. These areas often don’t respond readily to diet and exercise, but they can be reduced quite successfully in most cases with liposuction.

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure in which a plastic surgeon uses a suction device to break up and remove fatty tissues from beneath the skin in problem areas. The procedure uses a tiny hollow tube, called a cannula, to suction the fat through tiny incisions in the skin, which are placed carefully in inconspicuous areas to minimize noticeable scarring. With the removal of that fatty tissue, surgeons sculpt those problem areas away, creating a slimmer, firmer and more youthful body contour.

So, while middle-age spread was once considered a harmless and inevitable consequence of reaching a certain age, today we know better. Middle-age spread is not, by any means, an issue that we have to accept – and it can have harmful health effects. For many, a proactive diet and exercise is enough to keep mid-life weight gain at bay. If that fails, liposuction can offer a helping hand.


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