Brazilian Soccer superstar Ronaldo has undergone liposuction surgery to lose approximately 700 milliliters (approximately 24 ounces) of fat from his abdomen, according to a report in Brazil’s Globoesporte. The surgery was designed to help him move forward faster and be more agile when he returns to the field, and the small amount of fat removed may not be very noticeable.
The surgery was performed in Sao Luiz Hospital in Sao Paulo, and took approximately one hour.
Ronaldo had been named the “fattest footballer in history” in 2008 by the Sun, and has always struggled with keeping his weight down, reports RussiaToday.com. He had reportedly gained some weight after a year of being off the field due to an injury. Despite his excess weight, the soccer superstar has still managed to win two World Cups and earned the FIFA Player of the Year award three times during his career.
Ronaldo had originally planned on having the fat removal surgery done after a local soccer league championship in December 2009, but went ahead with the surgery this summer when he broke two bones in his right wrist and needed to visit the doctor’s office for reconstructive/corrective surgery.
Ronaldo is expected to recover from the liposuction procedure completely by September 2009.
Liposuction surgery continues to be one of the most sought-after procedures in the United States, and is also a popular procedure for those who pursue plastic surgery overseas in Brazil and other regions of South America. Today’s innovative techniques in fat removal procedures allow surgeons to complete many surgeries in less than a few hours, and in some cases, using only local anesthetic. This technique puts less stress on the body, and promises faster recovery times. Procedures such as ultrasound-assisted liposuction and laser-assisted liposuction not only get rid of excess body fat, but also help to tighten up loose skin and sculpt the treated area.