Are you concerned about weight gain after liposuction surgery?
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed here in Florida.
Yes, liposuction does permanently remove fat cells from certain areas of the body, often resulting in weight loss. However, the procedure itself doesn’t prevent you from gaining weight after lipo, for the rest of your life. Even though your plastic surgeon will remove fat cells from certain parts of your body, fat cells in other parts of your body can grow larger. Your body can also generate new fat cells.
In this post, our board-certified plastic surgeon will answer some of your questions about weight gain after liposuction.
We’ll talk about the importance of a thorough consultation before your liposuction procedure, and how to get the best results from your liposuction surgery experience.
What are Realistic Expectations of Liposuction?
Before we dive into weight gain after liposuction, it’s important to set realistic expectations for your liposuction surgery in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Firstly, liposuction is a cosmetic procedure. It is not a treatment for obesity or even larger amounts of stored fat. Furthermore, lipo does not remove cellulite, dimples, or stretch marks.
The best candidates for liposuction are those who are at a stable weight, and only want to improve the appearance of a specific area of their body. It can achieve results in areas that have been resistant to diet and exercise.
How Does Liposuction Work?
When you gain weight, each fat cell increases in size and volume. Liposuction uses a suction technology to permanently remove these fat cells from problem areas of your body.
However, the amount of fat we can remove is limited for us, and for any other plastic surgeon who has your safety as the top priority.
There are pros and cons to liposuction. It is important to discuss these with Dr. Vinas and his team to determine if liposuction is the best option for you.
What are the Benefits of Liposuction?
Liposuction has many benefits, as well as a few drawbacks. As with any other procedure, liposuction isn’t the right procedure for everyone. By enhancing appearance in certain areas of the body, liposuction is most beneficial in areas with good skin elasticity and good skin appearance. Again, it won’t get rid of things like cellulite, dimples and stretch marks.
The best areas for liposuction include:
- Area under the chin
- Inside of the knee
- Flanks, commonly called “love handles”
- Upper arms
Liposuction can also help treat a few medical conditions, including:
- Lymphedema– a condition where fluid collects in tissues and causes swelling.
- Gynecomastia– when fat accumulates under a man’s breasts.
- Lipodystrophy syndrome– causes fat to move from one part of the body to another.
- Extreme weight loss after obesity– A person who loses at least 40 percent of their BMI, may need treatment to remove excess skin and other abnormalities.
- Lipomas– fatty, benign tumors that develop under the skin.
Will I Experience Weight Gain After Liposuction Surgery?
If you don’t maintain a healthy lifestyle to support the weight loss associated with liposuction, yes.
Your body will definitely store fat differently after liposuction. Liposuction will not stop you from gaining or losing weight. It only means that there are fewer fat cells in certain areas of the body.
You’re essentially starting from scratch, and what you choose to do with your diet and lifestyle will determine how much weight you gain moving forward.
Fat will not return if a patient maintains their post-lipo weight. Even if a patient has minimal weight gain after liposuction, the liposuction will still be effective.
For instance, if you weigh 150 pounds after liposuction and maintain your weight at around 140 pounds, you will still see dramatic results from your liposuction.
If a patient gains five pounds, their remaining fat cells will increase in size. The results of their liposuction will not be as dramatic. However, the results will still be noticeable, despite the weight gain after liposuction.
Am I a Candidate for Liposuction Without Weight Gain?
If you are a good candidate for liposuction, there are very few drawbacks. Furthermore, if you’re able to maintain your “post-lipo weight”, you will see dramatic and excellent results after liposuction.
But if you do not follow Dr. Adley or Vina’s post-op instructions, you may experience weight gain after liposuction among other issues.
Weight gain after liposuction may lead to:
- Excessive dimpling in treatment areas,
- Increased skin abnormalities, and/or
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity. If you do not maintain a healthy lifestyle after liposuction, you will not see many benefits long term, after the procedure.
This is another reason we believe it’s crucial to have a thorough evaluation and consultation before getting liposuction. During your evaluation and consultation, Dr. Adley or Dr. Vinas can advise you on whether or not liposuction will work for you.
Avoiding Weight Gain After Liposuction
The best way to maintain the results of your liposuction is to maintain your ideal weight. This includes eating healthy and exercising regularly.
Here are some other tips to adopt following your procedure that will help you avoid weight gain after liposuction:
- Follow post-procedure instructions
- Reduce caloric intake
- Stay hydrated
- Try eating several smaller meals throughout the day
- Don’t skip meals
- Exercise regularly
In cases of considerable weight gain after liposuction, new fat cells can develop in all areas of the body. This includes treatment areas. However, because fat cells do generate in an even manner across the body, there will usually be less fat in treatment areas than in untreated areas.
In short, it is possible to experience weight gain after liposuction. However, it will be different from weight gain before liposuction.
Contact Cosmetica Plastic Surgery and Anti Aging
If you have any questions about liposuction or gaining weight after liposuction, call Cosmetica Plastic Surgery and Anti Aging in Port St Lucie at 772-337-1717. You can also leave us a message on our website.