Can Liposuction Remove Visceral Fat?

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Posted: June 8, 2020

Visceral fat is found primarily in the abdominal cavity. Wrapping around organs, this type of fat can cause the waist to expand and produce a larger overall frame. It can also increase risks for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. 

In some individuals, visceral fat can be found in the arteries as well.

Targeting visceral fat helps reduce your risks for various illnesses and diseases, and is necessary for peak physical health.

Subcutaneous fat is the visible, jiggly, and squishy fat you can feel through your skin. This type of fat produces aesthetic inconsistencies, but poses no threat to physical health. It is this type of fat that liposuction removes.

Targeting subcutaneous fat helps produce a more attractive frame and may improve physical abilities and comfort.

What Does Liposuction Do?

Liposuction can be used on any body part to eliminate exercise and diet-resistant subcutaneous fat deposits. Removing unsightly surface fat helps to reveal underlying definition and curves, improve clothing options, and create a more physically and emotionally comfortable appearance. 

Liposuction makes the frame more attractive. It does not reduce the health risks of visceral fat.

Addressing Visceral Fat

Liposuction will not remove visceral fat. The only way to address this more dangerous type of fat is through lifestyle changes. These include:

  • Choosing whole foods
  • Avoiding processed and boxed foods
  • Selecting lean proteins and complex fibers
  • Eliminating sugar and alcohol from your diet
  • Getting at least 3 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise…
    • and at least 90 minutes of high-intensity aerobic exercise weekly
  • Getting enough sleep

It should be noted that, while liposuction will not remove visceral fat, it can improve range of motion and make exercising more comfortable. This can act as a springboard for a more vigorous and intense exercise routine that targets dangerous visceral fat and helps improve your general health.

Contact Altos Oaks

Are you ready to learn what liposuction can do for you? Call Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery at 650-934-7020 to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons today.