Does fat grow back after lipo?
Anyone who spends time or money for liposuction should think about how long the benefits will endure. Patients who inquire about the lifespan of liposuction are viewed favorably by reputable plastic surgeons since it demonstrates that they are realistic about the treatment’s effects. Many people have wondered Dr. Joshua Greenwald, who does liposuction in New York City, if fat might return after the procedure. Continue reading to find out how he responds to this question.
It’s impossible for fat people to “grow back.”
Your body stops producing fat cells once you reach maturity. Gaining or decreasing weight merely alters the size of the fat cells already there. Your fat cells increase as you gain weight. Fat cells shrink when you lose weight.
Dr. Greenwald uses liposuction to remove undesirable fat from a specific area of the body (e.g., the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, hips, back, arms). He gently suctions fat cells from the body using a special equipment called a cannula. Dr. Greenwald reduces the number of fat cells in the treated area by a significant amount, but he does not remove every single fat cell. He must leave a thin layer of fat cells in the treated area to preserve a smooth body shape.
The Secret to Keeping Liposuction Results for a Long Time
Healthy behaviors are essential for maintaining your liposuction outcomes. Eat a balanced, healthy diet, practice portion control, and exercise consistently to consume fewer calories than you burn. Smoking is prohibited, and alcohol should be consumed in moderation. To increase your chances of maintaining your weight, get enough of sleep and limit your sources of stress. Patients who keep within 5 to 10 pounds of their original weight at the time of liposuction surgery are the happiest.
With 222,051 procedures conducted in 2015, there’s a reason liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the United States. Liposuction achieves near-instant results by removing undesirable body fat in targeted parts of the body, resulting in the desired silhouette. Even the healthiest people turn to liposuction to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat that refuse to respond to diet and exercise.
Many patients considering liposuction are concerned about the long-term effects, in addition to the immediate stunning outcomes. In fact, “can fat return after my treatment?” is one of the most often asked questions about liposuction at our facility.
Liposuction is a procedure that permanently removes fat
While there are a variety of liposuction techniques available today, they all have the same goal: to remove fat cells from a specific (localized) area of the body. To suction out resistant fat, all liposuction treatments employ a combination of a cannula (thin tube) and an aspirator (suctioning device). It’s vital to understand that liposuction does remove fat cells from the body permanently.
Is it possible to get obese again?
Unfortunately, fat can return after liposuction… if you allow it to. The more weight a patient gains following liposuction, the less striking the results will be.
If the patient maintains their “post-lipo weight,” fat will not return (and the best results will be preserved). For example, if a patient weighed 130 pounds before liposuction and lost 6 pounds as a result of the treatment, the fat will be gone if the patient stays at or below 124 pounds.
Fat cells throughout the body will grow in size if the patient acquires a small amount of weight following their treatment, say 5 pounds. While this minor weight gain may reduce benefits, the overall enhanced body shape achieved by a liposuction treatment will still be noticeable because treated body areas contain fewer fat cells (and so have a lower rate of expansion) than surrounding areas.
Talk to board certified Santa Monica plastic surgeon Reza Nabavian MD about liposuction today.
Reza Nabavian MD
2001 Santa Monica Blvd #1180
Santa Monica, CA 90404