Monday, February 22, 2010
Last time we discussed liposuction, or the surgical removal of subcutaneous (under the skin) fat, we looked at a study that suggested the loss of fat in this manner does not result in the metabolic benefits one gets when losing that same amount of fat tissue via dieting and exercise. Thus in that post, I argued that liposuction does not make you healthy.
While liposuction may not make you healthy, particularly if you are a female, it may increase your breast size. This is a little known fact that is emerging from a number of small studies.
Interestingly, it has been reported that approximately 30-50% of women undergoing liposuction of subcutaneous fat from the hips, thighs, or abdomen present with a paradoxical enlargement of breast size of at least one bra cup.
For example, in an analysis of women who had undergone liposuction at a single center, 25 of the 73 women assessed (34%) experienced an increase in breast size. Two factors which are correlated with a greater likelihood of breast enlargement post liposuction include the removal of a large quantity of fat and liposuction from the hip/thigh and abdominal region.
These findings suggest that liposuction induces a compensatory recovery of body fat that occurs through enlargement of non-removed fat mass, rather than regrowth of removed fat. Lucky for those who want slimmer thighs and bigger breasts but who can only afford surgery for one!
Note: Apologies for the brief post today - my time is almost exclusively being dedicated to finishing up my PhD thesis. In fact, much of the above text is a cut-and-paste from my thesis literature review.
Back to the thesis I go....
Yun, P., Bruck, M., Felsenfeld, L., & Katz, B. (2003). Breast Enlargement Observed After Power Liposuction: A Retrospective Review Dermatologic Surgery, 29 (2), 165-167 DOI: 10.1046/j.1524-4725.2003.29041.x
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