Excess fat around the waist is known to increase health risks including diabetes, cancer and heart disease. In women, accumulation of fat around the abdomen has also been shown to increase overall mortality. In a comprehensive clinical study which followed over 44,000 nurses, data revealed that that women with greater waist circumferences were more likely to die prematurely than women with smaller waist girth. This was true particularly for death from heart disease. In the study, women with waist size ≥35 inches were approximately twice as likely to die of heart disease or cancer as those with a waist size <28 inches, regardless of their body mass index. In addition, researchers looked at the correlation between obesity (defined as BMI >30) and risk of death. They found that women who had a greater waist circumference and were also obese were at the greatest risk of premature death. The upper limit of what was defined as healthy waist circumference is 35inches for women. The waist-to-hip ratio was likewise shown to be significantly associated with risk of early death.
Nutrition, obesity, fat and health risks are all interrelated, and there is increasing evidence to support both a healthy weight as well as to lower fat deposits in women. Body contouring may involve a combination of removing excess fat deposits with liposuction and autologous fat grafting to correct contour irregularities. Using liposuction, excess fat around the abdomen may also be removed surgically. In patients who have localized fat deposits in the abdomen or flanks, reducing abdominal girth and waist circumference may also confer additional health benefits.
Dr. Olivia Hutchinson is a board certified female aesthetic plastic surgeon in NYC, and performs minimally invasive cosmetic surgery procedures including liposuction of the abdomen, flanks, thighs, hips and neck. Her state of the art office just off Manhattan’s Park Avenue boasts a fully accredited AAAASF certified Operating Room for your safety and privacy. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hutchinson, please contact us or call us at (212) 452-1400.