Recently, one of my girlfriends had liposuction and came in showing off her new flat tummy and thin thighs. I have to admit, she looked marvelous and I was more than just a little jealous! Even though they had only removed a few pounds of fat, she looked as if she’d lost at least 20 pounds and was absolutely glowing.
Since I need to lose a little weight myself (Okay, more than just a little), I found myself considering whether or not liposuction might be right for me. After all, in this age of instant gratification, I could use a little “instant” health myself. Could liposuction possibly be a quick fix solution not only for my problem buttoning my favorite jeans but for that pesky high cholesterol and weight problem that has plagued my adult life and left me with more heart disease risk than I like to readily admit to? If so, then the thought of a quick solution to these problems and a healthier heart was intriguing to say the least! No more diet and exercise -– now we’re talking my language!
Unfortunately, the solution to a healthy heart isn’t quite as simple as liposuction alone. While liposuction will definitely improve your looks, put you into those skinny jeans again, and make you look pounds thinner, the fat lost during liposuction does not improve your overall heart health. How can this be? This seems counterintuitive. After all, isn’t weight one of the risk factors for heart disease? Doesn’t it make sense that losing weight would improve our heart health regardless of whether the weight loss came from diet and exercise or liposuction?
Not all fat is created equal. One of the problems with liposuction and heart health is that liposuction targets subcutaneous fat or the outer-top surface layer of fat. (Personally, I call this layer of fat the layer that makes me look like the Stay-Puff-Marshmallow-Girl!) Unfortunately, subcutaneous fat isn’t the fat that hurts our heart health. The real killer is visceral fat. Visceral fat is deeply buried underneath subcutaneous fat and settles around our organs.