Military Members Increasingly Turn to Liposuction to Pass “Tape Test”
Military service members are held to strict physical requirements to ensure that they’re in top shape. The Defense Department uses a “tape test” to measure the circumference of the neck and waist, and those who exceed the maximum measurement can receive a demerit or get kicked out of the service altogether. The infamous tape test is often cited as the culprit for the increasing tendency for military members to get liposuction to raise their chances of enjoying a long and successful Army career. While liposuction can reduce localized pockets of fat, the procedure can’t lower your BMI (Body Mass Index), which critics of the tape test argue should be used to determine soldier’s health, not an arbitrary tape measurement.
Fat Cells Don’t Return after Liposuction
A 2012 study found that fat cells don’t return after liposuction. In fact, liposuction permanently removes fat cells from your body, and it’s impossible for the remaining fat cells to regenerate. The study also concluded that liposuction does not cause other parts of the body to gain disproportionate amounts of weight. Instead, the study found no noticeable changes in the dimensions of untreated areas after liposuction. While doctors agree that liposuction doesn’t change your body’s ability to gain or lose weight, the procedure also doesn’t result in inflated proportions or a resurgence of eliminated fat cells.
Surgical Expertise Results in Better Sculpting of Thighs, Hips and Flanks
Surgical expertise makes all the difference in liposuction results, a recent study suggests. Patients interested in slimming down their hips, flanks and thighs in particular can benefit from seeking a cosmetic surgeon with extensive experience performing liposuction techniques. While liposuction alone doesn’t tighten the skin or otherwise improve texture, strategic sculpting by an experienced surgeon can take advantage of natural skin retraction in these areas to produce the most natural looking and pleasing results.
Gynecomastia in Body Builders Sees Good Results with Surgery
Gynecomastia, or enlargement of the male breasts, can be particularly common among body builders who take steroids. Once men develop gynecomastia, the condition can be difficult or impossible to treat without surgery. Cosmetic surgery can resolve gynecomastia for men who have developed the condition due to steroid use, a hormonal imbalance, or weight gain. The procedure is often referred to as male breast reduction, and can include liposuction along with the partial or complete removal of the breast gland and any excess skin.
New Florida Regulations for Performing Liposuction
New regulations on Florida liposuction surgeons crack down on practices that remain unregistered with the Board of Medicine. Unless a physician’s office is accredited by a nationally recognized agency or organization, the Board of Medicine will inspect the physician’s office annually to ensure the highest quality standards are upheld. The new regulations will help to make sure Florida liposuction surgeons comply with the best liposuction procedure techniques and practice requirements to protect the state’s cosmetic surgery patients.