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The Skinny on Your Fat August 12, 2008

Your body produces new fat cells only until you reach your early teenage years! During puberty, fat cell production ceases and that’s it – that’s the total number of fat cells you are stuck with for life. Then, when you gain or lose weight, your body doesn’t make new fat cells, rather the fat cells that have been produced in your childhood increase as you gain weight or decrease as you lose weight.

When you diet, exercise or use any other weight loss method, your body burns fat for energy – decreasing the size (not the amount) of your already existing fat cells. Extra energy not burned or used in your body (like when you skip the gym) is stored in adipose tissue. Adipose protects and cushions the organs in your body. The “fat” that many people dislike on their bodies (in the form of love handles, big thighs, or flabby bellies) is not fat per se, it’s adipose tissue.

Presently, liposuction is the only FDA-approved way to remove or destroy adipose, i.e., fat cells. Therefore, the best candidate for liposuction is someone who has one or more areas of fat collections (reserves, bulges, rolls, or whatever other unpleasant term you prefer) that are disproportionate to the rest of their body. Any other diet or weight loss method can only shrink the size of your existing fat cells.

Since liposuction physically removes adipose, post-liposuction weight fluctuation – loss or gain, is less apparent in the treated area. However, if you gain considerable weight, those untreated areas may suffer by gaining more fat since there are physically more fat cells there. Therefore, if you remove fat via liposuction – after the procedure you will gain and lose weight proportionally with all the fat cells that are left in your body – in other words, if your weight gain used to go to your thighs and after lipo those fat cells are no longer there – your body will distribute them evenly throughout the rest of the fat cells in your body.

So beware! Weight gain post-lipo may create new and undesirable “problem areas” that you never knew you had!

 

PLASTIC SURGERY August 7, 2008

Hot topic of the (and every) moment – I know. All the Hollywood stars (and starlets) are sporting the new “face” – and body. Madonna’s face is on the cover of New York with pencil sketches all over it identifying what work she’s allegedly had done. Articles everywhere are revealing the similar “work” of Naomi Cambell, Elizabeth Hurley, Demi Moore and Michelle Pfeiffer. What have they done? Face Lifts? Liposuction? Injections? How did they get it? What are the options?

Soon, I’ll be discussing all the latest techniques – both surgical and not, along with other tricks, options, treatments, fillers (such as Restaylane and Juvaderm), creams, and products so that the secrets are revealed to putting YOUR best face forward.

I’ll have information direct from the hottest NYC plastic surgeons – in their own words. The new techniques they are using today – how they are different from the ones of the past, new options ranging from the most expensive to the most affordable – and everything in between – for face, skin, body – everything.

Stay Tuned!