Liposuction is a procedure where excess fatty tissues are removed from areas of the body through tiny incisions. These incisions are easily concealed, even in a bathing suit. Fat cells in the treated area are gone forever. However, YOU CAN STILL GAIN WEIGHT. Proper diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle are all necessary to maintain your liposuction results.
Fat cells have a unique ability to increase in size to store additional calories consumed. As you gain a significant amount of weight, any remaining fat cells will continue to enlarge, until any weight loss you experienced gets reversed. Pregnancy may also result in weight gain, with the same effect.
Understanding Weight Gain
Many liposuction patients ask if they are going to gain weight in odd or different locations after surgery. The short answer is NO, but the explanation is a bit more involved.
Most patients are used to putting on weight in a somewhat orderly fashion. Visceral fat is first deposited in their abdomen or hips, then into secondary areas such as the thighs or flanks. The primary areas are a priority when removing fat cells, but some excess fat can also be taken from the secondary areas. Any treated areas are left with a much smaller number of fat cells.
This modified fat distribution is reflected by your physical appearance after weight gain. The amount of fat in your old problem areas may be smaller, but your secondary and untreated areas will store much more fat than before.
Maintaining Your Post-Liposuction Figure
To prevent any weight gain from happening, you must:
- Sustain a healthy diet
- Do constant exercise
- Have a vice-free lifestyle
You may choose to undergo liposuction once again, but the maintenance of your new body is a cheaper, healthier option. This has the added bonus of preventing heart diseases or other complications that appear with age or unwanted weight gain.
If you experience some difficulty keeping your weight down, you may seek advice from your board-certified plastic surgeon. Their experience ensures only the best results from liposuction surgery.
If you want to learn more about your liposuction options, you can schedule an appointment with us or call our San Diego Plastic Surgery office at 858-638-9800.
*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.