Can Fat Come Back After Liposuction?

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Posted on August 17, 2023 under Liposuction

Liposuction has gained immense popularity for its ability to remove stubborn body fat and help individuals achieve their desired body contours. A common concern that many people have is whether the fat can come back after undergoing liposuction. We aim to examine the science behind liposuction and the strategies for maintaining well-defined body contours.

Understanding Liposuction

Liposuction, recognized as lipoplasty, liposculpture, or “lipo,” is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess fat deposits from specific body areas, particularly those unresponsive to traditional diet and exercise regimens. The primary objective is to refine body proportions and contours by targeting localized fat accumulations. While the results are long-lasting, their maintenance hinges on adopting a healthy lifestyle to prevent the expansion of remaining fat cells.

At Cosmetic Surgery Associates, plastic surgeons utilize the tumescent liposuction technique, in which fluid is first put into the area to help shrink blood vessels and numb the area before using the liposuction device. This decreases bruising after surgery and helps soften and loosen the fat cells preceding suction. Suction-assisted liposuction then manually extracts the patient’s fat with a small hollow tube attached to pressurized vacuum equipment. The tube is inserted through small incisions in the desired areas to allow for the most precise contouring.

Patients may have liposuction on their chin, abdomen, back, arms, waist, hips, stomach, buttocks, thighs and knees. In some cases, complementing procedures are performed together to achieve greater contouring results. Clients can also discuss with their surgeon whether they want complementary procedures, including a mommy makeover or a tummy tuck.

Dispelling the Myth

Can fat cells return after liposuction? The answer is no. Fat cells behave by expanding or shrinking in size in response to weight fluctuations. Liposuction involves suctioning out excess fat cells, resulting in long-lasting body contours. Once fat cells are extracted, they do not regenerate, ensuring a lasting outcome. However, it is essential to maintain a health-conscious lifestyle to prevent the enlargement of residual fat cells and the compromise of the achieved sculpted appearance. 

Permanent Results

Once fat cells are removed from a specific area, they do not regenerate. This means that the fat suctioned out during liposuction will not return. However, it’s essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure that remaining fat cells in other areas do not expand, compromising the results achieved through liposuction.

Maintaining Results

Following liposuction, patients are advised to adhere to a well-rounded diet and regular physical activity to uphold their newly acquired contours. Weight gain can lead to the enlargement of residual fat cells, both in treated and untreated areas, potentially compromising the overall outcome of the procedure.

Liposuction Yields Permanent Results

Liposuction performed by skilled surgeons provides permanent results. Once fat cells are removed, they do not regenerate in the treated area. It is essential to adopt a healthy lifestyle to maintain the sculpted contours achieved through liposuction.  You can be confident in achieving the best possible outcome. You will no longer have stubborn fat and will be able to embrace your transformed self.

Choose an Experienced Surgeon

All of our experienced surgeons specialize in the art and science of plastic surgery and look forward to taking the next step toward confidence with you. Dr.’s Richards, Jabs, and Magge are all board-certified plastic surgeons and are highly skilled in a variety of procedures.

If you are interested in learning more about liposuction or would like to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure, contact Cosmetic Surgery Associates located in Bethesda, Maryland, for a consultation.

Our Plastic Surgery Associates team includes Dr. Franklin Richards, Dr. A. Dean Jabs, and Dr. Keshav Magge. Each of our plastic surgeons is board-certified, and together they have over 60 years of combined experience. Drs. Richards, Jabs, and Magge are all highly qualified in procedures for the face, breast, and body, and pride themselves in providing excellent results through our state-of-the-art, Quad A certified operating centers