A new study says liposuction may cause deeper, more dangerous fat in the abdomen.
Brazilian researchers said that just a few months after the fat-sucking procedure, there could be an increase in visceral fat in the body's midsection.
So-called visceral fat increases the risk of type-2 diabetes and heart disease and is thus considered more dangerous than fat nearer to the surface of the skin. The good news is that regular exercise may prevent that deep fat from forming.
Experts say that liposuction should not be seen as a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise and it's intended to reduce stubborn pockets of fat, not as a treatment for obesity, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
In fact, the group says the best candidates for liposuction are people who are normal weight to moderately overweight, and already regularly exercise.
The research is found in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.