Women opt for liposuction to achieve hourglass figure

July 19, 2011

Women opt for liposuction to achieve hourglass figure
Women opt for liposuction to achieve hourglass figure

The critically-acclaimed television series Mad Men may be influencing more than just fashion.

Some London-based plastic surgeons say that they have seen an increase of as much as 54 percent in patients wanting the procedure in order to mimic the hourglass silhouettes of the female characters on the program, which is set in the 1960s.

Experts say that women had much smaller waists 50 years ago and also wore corsetry to accentuate the effect. The modern diet, lifestyle and inactivity have made this look difficult, even for relatively slim women.

Medical experts say that liposuction can help patients achieve this look by removing stubborn pockets of back fat that cannot be eliminated through a healthy diet and exercise.

Other areas in which the procedure is commonly used include the armpits, love handles, abdomen and thighs.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, liposuction surgery is one of the most common procedures performed by plastic surgeons.

Diet-resistant fat is removed from the body through a hollow metal tube inserted into a small incision. While complications from liposuction surgery are rare, it is essential for those considering the procedure to ensure their doctor is a licensed, board-certified plastic surgeon. 


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