Can Fat Return After Liposuction?
In the United States, liposuction is among the most popular cosmetic procedures. Liposuction has been proven to be safe in several studies and is also FDA-approved. At Berman Plastic Surgery & Spa, the procedure is done safely and professionally to ensure you get the best results.
This procedure owes its popularity to the quick and effective results it provides, especially when dealing with stubborn pockets of fat that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. However, a common question about liposuction is whether the fat can return after the procedure.
There are currently several approved liposuction techniques, all of which have the same goal: to remove fat cells from a specific part of the body. Although they can be assisted by other technologies to help eliminate fat, liposuction procedures usually utilize a small hollow tube called a cannula and a suctioning device to suck out fat.
When fat is removed with liposuction, the results are permanent, assuming your weight remains stable.
While liposuction can give long-lasting and natural-looking results, fat deposits can return to a treated area if a patient does not maintain a healthy lifestyle after the procedure. The results of the procedure become less visible and dramatic as one adds more weight.
The ideal results obtained from liposuction remain when the weight after the procedure is maintained. In a patient who weighed 155 pounds before liposuction and lost 5 pounds through the procedure, the fat will not return if they maintain their weight at 150 pounds or lower.
When someone gains weight, fat cells throughout the whole body increase in size and number. In the area where liposuction was done, the fat cells are fewer and have reduced growth rates; thus, liposuction results can still remain with subtle weight gain. However, in significant weight gain, new fat cells develop throughout the body, even in treated areas, making liposuction results less visible. However, the contouring provided by liposuction will still be visible, meaning the proportions created as a result of the procedure will likely remain.
There are several ways to ensure that you maintain your ideal weight and liposuction results in the long term. These include:
- Following all the post-procedure instructions given to you by Dr. Berman. It is also important to keep up with all your follow-up appointments for best results and full recovery.
- Maintaining a healthy diet with plenty of proteins and healthy carbohydrates.
- Drinking lots of water to stay adequately hydrated.
- Exercising regularly.
- Reducing your caloric intake and eating small portions of food throughout the day.
Berman Plastic Surgery & Spa located in Boca Raton, Florida is an accredited surgical center outfitted with the latest technology and procedures. Dr. Berman is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience performing hundreds of liposuction procedures during his career. He is dedicated to delivering the best results while ensuring patient safety. Call us at 561.235.3208 or contact us online today to schedule your consultation and get all your questions about liposuction answered!
Dr. Jonathan Ross Berman is a Boca Raton plastic surgeon who has been certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery with over 30 years of service experience specializing in Breast Augmentation, Rhinoplasty, Face Lift, Liposuction, and many other types of plastic surgery in Boca Raton, FL.