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Liposuctioned hip fat returns to belly

Article-Liposuctioned hip fat returns to belly

Denver — Women who undergo liposuction on their hips are likely to see the fat return — this time to the belly — within a year, Medical News Today reports.

Researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver, conducted a randomized, controlled trial of liposuction in 32 non-obese healthy women with disproportionate distribution of body fat, mostly in the lower abdomen, hips or thighs. After various measurements were taken, the women were randomly assigned to one of two groups — one of 14 women who underwent small-volume liposuction within two to four weeks; the other of those who were offered liposuction after the study was completed.

Measurements were taken again at six weeks, six months and 12 months afterward. Investigators found, among other things, that after a year, the thigh region of the liposuction participants remained reduced, but fat accumulated in the abdominal region, compared with those in the control group.

Researchers concluded that after liposuction, body fat “was restored and redistributed from the thigh to the abdomen.”

The authors noted that despite being informed of the study’s results, more than half of the women in the control group chose to have liposuction after the study was completed.

The study appeared online in the journal Obesity.

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