Apr 16

The Ten Biggest Lies in Plastic Surgery: Lie #4

The Ten Biggest Lies in Plastic Surgery: Lie #4

by James D. McMahan, MD

Several manufacturers of aesthetic equipment have come out with machines designed to eliminate fat without surgery and claim that the fat disappears ‘naturally.’  The human body had four ways to eliminate waste.  We exhale gases such as carbon dioxide; we cannot breathe out fat.  We can sweat out water and salt; we cannot sweat out fat.  We excrete water-soluble waste products through our kidneys; fat is not water-soluble.  And we solid waste products from our bowels, which are designed to absorb fat, not excrete it.  The only way the human body gets rid of fat is to utilize it as an energy source. 

I have seen several patients recently who had…. let’s call it ‘cold-shaping,’ on their abdomens with horrible results; each requiring a tummy tuck for repair, whereas they could have had great results with standard liposuction alone.

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