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May 7, 2007

Splurge vs. Steal: Fat Busters

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Should You Splurge on Lipo?

The best candidates for single-spot liposuction are women at ‑- or very near ‑- their ideal body weight who just can't seem to shrink those pesky trouble spots, says Carolyn Chang, M.D., a California plastic surgeon who specializes in treating women under 40 years old. (It is not for someone seeking easy, quick weight loss, cautions Dr. Chang.) "I see liposuction as a healthy alternative to obsessive dieting or overtraining. A woman might have to lose a significant amount of weight [when she is at or close to a healthy body weight already] to finally carve into her saddlebags, whereas liposuction can spare her the unnecessary starvation by removing the excess fat only where she needs it," says Dr. Chang.

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