Does fat recur from areas that were liposuctioned?

Buttock and Breast Augmentation (NYC), Park Plaza Plastic Surgery New York (NY)

One of the biggest concerns that people have when they undergo liposuction surgery is if their troublesome fat comes back after liposuction. It is difficult to anticipate going through the surgery with the recovery required if there is potential that the fat can come back. However, this is often not the case. With a good surgeon, liposuction removes fat cells which are resistant to diet and exercise. Since these cells do not exist in the body anymore, weight gain will simply accumulate in areas that were not treated by liposuction. These fat cells, when removed, offers considerable improvement in the overall appearance of the body by further defining the body’s natural contours.

Once these fat cells are removed by liposuction, studies have found that they don’t recur because the body generally does not produce additional fat cells. The only exceptions are after birth and in instances of extreme weight gain. However, these studies have also found that fat recurs less in areas treated by liposuction than areas that were not treated by liposuction. As a result, in these instances, if one gains weight after liposuction then the remaining fat cells will grow in size and produce new bulges.

Ideally, after a liposuction surgery, the patient can maintain their new weight through diet and exercise. However, with a skilled surgeon, even minimal weight gain does not hinder the liposuction results. The fat cells will simply go somewhere else on the body. Weight gain will simply make the body’s silhouette appear larger. If there is no significant weight gain, then there will be no recurrence of fat in treated and untreated areas. This all depends on your regime after your surgery and the skill of your surgeon. It is recommended that liposuction is performed in areas that just do not respond to diet and exercise so that weight gain does not impact results.


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Liposuction is a terrific way to remove fat cells from your body for improved appearance, but the success of the procedure largely depends on the surgeon. If you are considering liposuction, please contact Park Plaza Plastic Surgery online. Our New York City board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefovits can be reached at (212)-750-9494.