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Liposuction eliminates fat

But what happens if your fat comes back?

Gaining weight after a liposuction procedure is certainly that happens to many patients. It can be difficult to predict precisely what might happen, so maintaining a stable weight is the best plan for most patients.

If you want some extra weight removed from your body, a liposuction procedure might be an excellent way to do jus that. After all, liposuction is incredibly effective at removing fat and sculpting that fat. The end result is a body that looks and feels amazing—smooth, slim, and contoured. But what happens when you gain weight after liposuction?

After all, people do tend to go through phases. Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down. Sometimes you eat salad, and sometimes you eat ice cream. It’s difficult to get around the fact that no person is perfect all the time. That’s something surgeons must absolutely plan for when discussing liposuction with patients.

At the same time, liposuction is not a temporary fix. It’s a way of permanently changing the body, removing stubborn areas of fat that are incredibly difficult to eliminate naturally. But that change can also alter the way your body changes back.

Keeping the Weight Off

The most effective way patients have of maintaining their post-operative results is to maintain a stable weight. Significant weight gains or weight losses can have a profound impact on the way your body looks—not just in conventional ways. For example, when you lose weight, you can be left with a significant amount of excess skin.

When performing liposuction procedures, surgeons often do plan for this excess skin by performing a concurrent tummy tuck. This way, patients lose fat as well as the excess skin that might be left by that fat loss. The end results look slim and fit.

Just as detrimental as losing weight could be gaining weight. Patients that gain weight could develop a series of issues associated with that weight gain—and that could diminish the overall results. There are, of course, ways that patients are encouraged to maintain their weight, such as the following:

  • Monitor your diet and ensure you’re eating in a sustainably healthy way
  • Ensure you’re getting daily exercise—this exercise need not be vigorous enough to help you lose weight, but daily activity will help you maintain effectively
  • Balance your diet; that means getting plenty of vitamins and minerals, and keeping yourself hydrated
  • If things go awry (and they sometimes do) consider revision liposuction procedures to keep your body looking the way you like it

These are all aspects of your lipo that your liposuction surgeon can help you with. Most plastic surgeons (especially the board certified ones) will, in fact, be able to assist you in selecting an appropriate diet and array of activities. After all, most surgeons are quite interested in helping you maintain your results for as long as possible.

What Happens When You Gain Weight After Liposuction?

So what exactly happens when you gain weight after your liposuction procedure? To a certain degree, it kind of depends on how much time has passed since your procedure. In general, however, can count on a few potential outcomes:

  • Outcome #1: The first possibility is pretty simple: the same thing that happens whenever anyone gains weight. In other words, one possible outcome is that when you gain weight after a lipo procedure is that you look as you otherwise would had you gained 5 – 10 pounds. To a certain extent, that depends largely on where you tend to gain weight.
  • Outcome #2: The second possibility is that when fat begins reappearing it does so in an irregular way. For some patients this means that fat comes back in a way that looks a little lumpier than it did before. For other patients it means that other areas of the body become larger than the treated area—showing the seams of the liposuction procedure. Much will depend on your own individual body and how it stores fat.

That liposuction can change the way your body handles fat in certain areas is not really a surprise. What does seem surprising is new research that suggests these “wonky” fat developments can begin to show even when patients gain a moderate amount of weight—even five to ten pounds. For some patients, this can be a problem because patients do tend to gain weight in the first few months after surgery (owing mostly to how sedentary one gets during recovery).

That said, every one is going to be different. And there are some basic steps (such as those listed above) to help you maintain your weight after your liposuction procedure.

How to Ensure You Get Great Results

The best way to ensure you get the liposuction results that you’re after—even if you might put on a couple pounds after liposuction—is to discuss your body with your plastic surgeon. As mentioned above, your plastic surgeon will provide you with strategies and methods for maintaining your weight after your procedure.

Of course, nobody’s perfect, and most people will likely gain a few pounds as time goes on—or lose a few. Because every liposuction is calibrated to the desires and needs of each patient’s body, only your surgeon will be able to tell you whether or not your results will be adversely effected by gaining or losing weight.

That said, most surgeons do encourage patients to attempt to maintain a stable weight. Better safe than sorry, right?

Liposuction the Best Option

Getting rid of those stubborn areas of fat around your body can be incredibly challenging. Diet and exercise don’t always work. For most patients, liposuction is still the best possible option to get rid of difficult to eliminate areas of fat.

But it’s definitely worth talking to your surgeon about what will happen if you gain weight after liposuction. In many cases, you will be able to anticipate your results in a wide variety of situations and contexts. And that’s something that you can discuss with your surgeon during your consultation.

And it’s important to remember that your consultation is more than a sales pitch (in fact, it should never be a sales pitch). Your consultation is a chance for you to ask questions and receive answers to important questions about your procedure—not only what will happen just before and just after, but in the months and years after you enjoy your results.

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