Can Fat Return after Liposuction Surgery?

Liposuction SurgeryAn increasing number of men and women are having body contouring treatments to remove stubborn fat deposits and get in shape. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that liposuction surgery was the second most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in 2016, with up to 235,237 procedures, up 6 percent from 2015. The treatment eliminates fat that is unresponsive to diet and exercise, but is not a weight loss solution. The increasing popularity of the treatment could be attributed to advanced less invasive techniques like Smartlipo and VASER.

Having a qualified surgeon perform the procedure is important to produce attractive results. However, one common concern among people considering liposuction surgery is whether the fat removed will return.

Liposuction does remove fat cells permanently from a targeted area of the body. However, this does not guarantee that the attractive results achieved will last a lifetime. The longevity of the outcome will depend on your maintaining your ideal weight with a healthy lifestyle. The fat cells throughout the body will get a little bigger when you gain a small amount of weight following the treatment. This slight weight gain may diminish the actual outcome, but the overall improved body achieved with the treatment will remain as the treated body areas have only less fat cells.

If you gain a considerable amount of weight, (that is, 10% of your body weight), new fat cells will most likely develop in all areas of the body, including the treated areas. However, if this happens evenly, there would be less fat buildup in the treated areas compared to the untreated areas.

The best way to sustain liposuction treatment results is to maintain your ideal weight with a healthy lifestyle. You have to strictly go by your surgeon’s post-procedure instructions. The caloric intake should be reduced and stick to a healthy diet with emphasis on protein and healthy carbohydrates. Never skip meals. Have several small meals throughout the day and drink plenty of water. Exercise regularly to stay healthy and in great shape.