Much respect is given for all those people that shoot from the hip, say what they want, and are unapologetic for who they are. But when these self-revelations and brutal honesty can have unpredictable effects…..damaging effects, keeping a lid on things may be the more prudent measure to be taken. Admitting to having body-altering surgeries such as liposuction as often as you dust your apartment could encourage unhealthy behavior.
Shekinah Jo is a celebrity hairstylist, but is probably more known for her appearances as Tiny’s best friend on the reality show T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle. In her recent guest host appearance on The Real, she made some jaw-dropping revelations about the work she has had done to her body. As recent as a month ago, Shekinah had breast reduction surgery and liposuction performed by the same doctor that she saw for a fat transfer from her stomach to her rear end just a few months prior. Shekinah admitted to “letting herself go” prior to the surgery, and decided to get a quick fix. She admitted, “I kind of got too big and if you have lipo and you don’t eat right, fat comes back in your chin, your face, and in your elbows — wherever it wants to come. It goes other places when you don’t follow your diet and don’t do what you’re supposed to do”. It is clear Shekinah is well aware of why her initial surgery backfired. She also made the self-proclamation that she is “a lazy person”.
This reminds me of people who need to get a lot done in a day but instead of getting a good
night’s rest, they take caffeine pills. Sometimes finding a quick fix solution isn’t what’s best for you in the long term. Although the process is a painful one and takes months to heal, as Shekinah can testify to, she looks to liposuction as her preferred way to drop pounds. She told the co-hosts and audience members of The Real, which areas of her body she had done recently which included her stomach, as well as her upper and lower flanks. The sensible thing to do after the latest slew of surgeries would be to follow the diet afterwards, but that doesn’t exactly fit Shekinah’s preferred lifestyle. “I’ve still been eating stuff I ain’t got no business eating”.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to make a change for yourself, and as Shekinah states, “I love myself either way. I feel like if any woman wants to make themselves better and they feel like doing
something to make themselves better, go do it. You only have one life to live.” The issue with this is that there has to be limitations and balance brought to everything. In order to truely love yourself the right way, you have to make a conscious effort to give yourself a better lifestyle. So no there is nothing wrong with a little nip and tuck, but then take care of yourself afterwards.
According to research at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, those who undergo liposuction and don’t include exercise in their lifestyle post procedure are at high risk of developing large amounts of Visceral fat. This type of fat in large amounts can be very dangerous as it is linked to the development of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and inflammatory diseases. One of the lead researchers, Fabiana Braga Benatti, PhD said, “exercise training is effective in counteracting this compensatory growth. If someone chooses to undergo liposuction, it is very important, if not essential, that this person exercises after the surgery.”
So hopefully too many women aren’t going to follow in Shekinah’s footsteps. A few surgeries is no big deal, but using them as your primary source of staying slim can be dangerous, if not life threatening.