If you’re looking into liposuction as a way to drop those extra pounds, you might have come across the question of whether or not fat returns after liposuction. It’s true that after undergoing liposuction, some patients find that they need to follow up with additional procedures in order to achieve the figure they want. Before undergoing any kind of cosmetic procedure, it’s important to research all available options and learn about their potential outcomes — including what can happen if you don’t stick with the program!
Let us understand how the liposuction surgery is done to answer whether the fat removed during the surgery has chances of returning or not.
The truth about fat returning
The amount of fat that returns after liposuction varies from person to person. If the patient’s body has a tendency to store fat in that area, then it is possible for some of the fat cells to return. Most patients can expect their results to last anywhere from two to 10 years depending on the patient’s lifestyle, genetics, and skin elasticity. Age is also a factor; younger patients will have more elastic skin and less potential for weight fluctuations than older patients. For example, our youngest patient was 7-years-old with an additional 20 pounds removed at her first procedure. That resulted in 10 years worth of weight loss!
Do fat cells shrink after surgery?
Fat cells are not able to be permanently removed with liposuction. However, the removal of fat does change the size and shape of fat cells. The fat that is left after surgery will never shrink in size as it was already at its maximum before the surgery. It is possible for some patients to see a decrease in volume over time due to weight loss, better diet or exercise habits, or a change in hormonal balance.
It is also possible for fat cells to grow as a result of an increase in weight or a change in diet and exercise. Essentially, fat cells can fluctuate depending on factors such as genetics, hormone levels and weight gain/loss. However, it is important to note that patients are often reluctant to lose weight after liposuction surgery because they fear their body will not look like how it did before.
Liposuction does not remove fat permanently?
Contrary to popular belief, liposuction does not permanently remove fat cells from the body. In fact, over time fat can grow back. This is why it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and make wise food choices following liposuction. It may be possible to delay or even prevent recurrence of fat cells by engaging in regular exercise and avoiding excessive weight gain. Furthermore, regular exercise helps reduce stress levels which have been found to accelerate the growth of new fat cells.
If you are considering liposuction, please discuss with your plastic surgeon how long you can expect to maintain results before they are likely to recur. In addition, talk to your surgeon about lifestyle changes and weight management strategies that may help to minimize fat re-growth after surgery.
Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure and is not recommended for those who are obese. It is not a quick fix or an easy way to lose weight. Liposuction should only be considered by those who have tried every other method of losing weight and are still struggling.
The risk of storing fat cells returns over time, but it is something that can be avoided with a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, no matter how much effort you put into staying in shape following surgery, you will eventually return to your original weight. This means if you lose 100 pounds of fat and gain 20 pounds through liposuction, and then stop exercising and eating healthy-you’ll probably have at least 110 pounds on your body once again.
Realistic expectations when considering liposuction
The good news is that, for most people, liposuction is a permanent solution to their body contouring needs. The bad news is that all surgical procedures come with the risk of complications, including an increased risk of fat re-absorption. This means that there are certain factors that can impact how long your results will last. The best way to minimize this risk is through proper post-operative care, which includes not smoking and maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating well and exercising regularly.