Planning a liposuction surgery can be an exciting time for any prospective patient. The chance to sculpt and refine the contour of your body holds huge possibilities for any man or woman. Liposuction, for many, offers a second chance at the body you’ve always wanted, removing fatty tissue from unwanted spots to leave your body smoother and firmer.
So once you’ve put in the time, effort, and money to achieving your desired results, the last thing you want to think about is all that fat returning. Unfortunately, there are many who claim that fat does return after liposuction, but is it really true? Let’s separate fact from fiction so you can make your liposuction results last.
The Liposuction Procedure
A typical liposuction procedure is performed under local anesthetics and sedation to provide the patient with comfort during the surgery. Tiny incisions are made along the treatment area and a small tube is used to break up the fatty cells and suction them out of the body permanently. There are many technologies related to liposuction that one comes across including laser assisted or ultrasound assisted liposuction techniques but suffice it to say, these offer a way to break up the fat by using heat. Although this sounds fancy and superior to traditional techniques, these technologies have specific indications and not necessary in most cases. They also come with a set of risks including burns, significant scarring, and severe contour deformities.
When many patients prepare for the liposuction procedure, they believe these removed fat cells will be banished forever, never to return to their bodies. Since liposuction was first introduced decades ago, the procedure has promised “permanent fat removal.” In recent years, this has been challenged, with many naysayers claiming that removed fat cells will return as visceral fat hidden deep within the abdomen.
The Potential Return of Fat Cells
It’s important to understand that liposuction will not have any effect on your body’s ability to lose, gain, or maintain your weight. Post-liposuction patients may gain weight after their procedure if they fail to live a healthful lifestyle, but this does not mean new cells have formed to replace the fat cells removed from the body. Weight gain is typically caused by swelling of existing fat cells, not the creation of new ones.
Some say that fat cells will reform after they have been removed, but often in much more dangerous places, like around the internal organs of the abdomen. Those who store fat around their middles are at a greater risk for many types of diseases, which makes the possibility of new fat cell growth here a particularly scary idea. Several research studies have recently been conducted to focus on patients of liposuction, monitoring the changes in their bodies and fluctuations in their weight.
Researchers have concluded that there is no clear proof that fat cells either “return” or reform nor that they will relocate to other areas of the body. Still, the idea that you could undo your hard work should be seen as a reason for caution. Anyone who has had liposuction or another body contouring procedure should work actively to maintain those results in the future. Eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and drinking water are much more important ways to keep weight at bay, whether it’s stored in existing cells, new cells, or anywhere else.
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