Can Fat Come Back After Your Liposuction Procedure?

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Can Fat Come Back After Your Liposuction Procedure?


For those who struggle to eliminate unwanted fat from stubborn areas like the hips, thighs, arms, and abdomen, liposuction can be an effective solution. While it should not be viewed as a weight-loss surgery, this body contouring procedure is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments due to its ability to provide almost immediate, often permanent results. However, while liposuction permanently expels fat cells, it is important to be aware that weight fluctuations following the procedure can cause fat to return. As a result, an active, healthy lifestyle is required as part of your long-term transformation.

Permanent Expulsion Of Fat

Regardless of the technique used, the objective of liposuction is to permanently expel fat cells from the treatment area. Using a small cannula, stubborn excess fat is suctioned out of the targeted area through a small incision. The fat cells that are removed will not grow back which means in many cases the resulting shape is permanent aside from unavoidable changes that may take place during the aging process.

New Fat Cells Can Develop

While the removed fat cells will not come back, it is crucial to be aware that weight gain following the procedure can result in the development of new fat cells. Thus, the results of liposuction are only permanent if patients work to keep their new figure, through diet and exercise. While a slight increase in weight may not drastically impact the results, considerable weight gain, classified as a 10% increase in a patient’s body weight, will lead to the development of new fat cells throughout the body, including the treatment area, which may significantly impact the results of the procedure.

In many cases, patients who have gained weight post-operatively still manage to keep a better figure than if they had not undergone liposuction, but ideal results are only achieved when a steady weight is maintained.

Are You A Candidate For Liposuction?

If a part of your body insists on retaining its fat no matter how much weight you lose overall, you could benefit from liposuction.

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Tips For Maintaining Your Liposuction Results

In order to ensure optimal results, it is important to understand your role in maintaining the outcome of the procedure. When recovering from surgery, be sure to carefully follow all post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon and allow your body sufficient time to heal. In addition to its numerous health benefits, regular exercise will help you sustain the results of your surgery.

Be sure that you drink plenty of water in order to stay hydrated and incorporate fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins into your daily diet. Whenever possible, food that is processed or high in sugar or carbohydrates should be avoided.

Although it yields dramatic results and permanently expels fat cells, liposuction is not a magic life-long weight loss solution. Instead, it enables healthy, fit individuals to reduce stubborn pockets of fat that cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise alone. For optimal results, a healthy lifestyle is required both before and after surgery.

To learn more about liposuction and your eligibility for this procedure, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Gartner, a leading plastic surgeon in the New York area.

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