Can Fat Come Back After Liposuction?

Since the procedure first hit the market, liposuction has become among the most popular body contouring treatments available. From its minimal invasive nature to diverse application, it’s no wonder why women and men are turning to this solution as the ultimate fat removal treatment.

However, questions continue to swirl around life after liposuction. One common misconception that constantly comes up for our patients comes from the longevity of treatment in the face of aging bodies and changing body composition. To put it bluntly: can fat come back after liposuction?

Looking at Liposuction? Understand How Fat Works First

While it may seem like an easy yes or no question, the answer is more complicated than it may appear. To better understand the nuances of whether fat can come back after liposuction, it’s critical that patients understand how fat cells work and how adipose tissue develops.

To start, most of your body’s cells grow and die over the course of your lifetime and shed through the body’s metabolic processes. Fat cells are very different. Instead of developing and dying after a certain number of days or weeks, fat cells shrink and expand as a patient’s weight fluctuates. As a result, when an individual puts on pounds, fat cells grow and multiply.

When a person does lose weight, these fat cells don’t simply go away. Instead, they shrink in size but stay in place until the patient puts on more weight, where they expand and multiply again. This shrinkage without fat cell loss is the culprit behind especially stubborn fat pockets that can seem especially resistant to exercise.

In order to remove fat cells for good, patients physically must get rid of the cells. New cosmetic surgery techniques have made this possible in several different ways, either through topical treatments like CoolSculpting or more permanent and invasive options like liposuction. However, while these solutions can remove unwanted fat bulges, there’s a reason they aren’t a substitute for weight-loss.

Liposuction isn’t a Weight Loss Treatment

During liposuction, a cannula is used to remove excess fat cells from the thighs, abdomen, back, arms, hips, and buttocks. By physically removing these cells, if patients do gain a couple pounds, the extra weight is not likely to return to these targeted areas as there are no longer fat cells to grow or shrink.

However, significant weight gain can accumulate anywhere on the body, regardless of whether it has been liposuctioned before.  While fat cells may have been removed from certain areas, they can accumulate in these treated areas if enough weight is gained and there is nowhere else in the body to put it. Substantial weight gain after liposuction cannot only negate your surgery results, but it can also have a negative impact on your health. As fat cells have been removed from treated areas, excess fat cells may first develop visceral fat around critical organs, increasing the risk of chronic health problems.

Finally, liposuction represents a highly precise form of cosmetic surgery designed to sculpt and reshape bodies. True weight-loss procedures like bariatric surgery are engineered and tailored to tackle the cause of weight-gain and retention. Using liposuction as a substitute yields less-than-satisfactory results and frustrated patients.

What to Consider Before Liposuction

At Abadir Associates, we strive to provide our patients with all the information needed to make an intelligent and educated decision about their cosmetic treatment. If you’re thinking about undergoing liposuction, be sure to consider the following before committing:

Liposuction is a Contouring Procedure, Not a Weight-Loss Substitute.

While the results may seem one and the same, it’s important to note that liposuction is not going to lead to weight-loss. However, this procedure is an excellent option for patients who are trying to contour their bodies after substantial weight-loss or giving birth.

Best Results Come When Patients Achieve their Goal Weight Before their Treatment.

Achieving your goal weight not only helps improve your overall lifestyle, but it can ensure your liposuction procedure is as successful as possible.

A healthy diet and exercise are fundamental to maintaining liposuction results.

To avoid reversing the results of your liposuction procedure, it’s critical that patients maintain roughly the same weight and body composition after treatment. With a healthy diet and regular exercise, most patients find this easy to attain.

Achieve your best self at Abadir Associates

From consultation through final check-up, the specialists at Abadir Associates are committed to providing all patients with the information and support they need to feel confident about their cosmetic treatment decisions. To learn more about the advantages of liposuction can have on your appearance, we encourage you to schedule a consultation. Together, we’ll help you create the right treatment strategy for your body.

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