Liposuction is a fairly well known body contouring procedure. The goal of any liposuction is to remove unwanted excess fat from the body. Usually, this is a procedure that is applied to an area of the body where fat has been stubborn, where diet and exercise have availed no results. Does that mean you should lose weight before your liposuction?
Should You Lose Weight Before Your Liposuction Surgery?
That’s a tricky question to answer, and it’s going to vary from patient to patient (it will also depend on the procedure you’re undergoing). On the one hand, it seems as though losing weight is necessary when finding out which areas of fat are stubborn and which are not.
The short answer to this question is that it’s a lot more important for you to be a stable weight than it is for you to lose weight. Liposuction successful, in fact, will depend most significantly on whether you gain or lose weight over time. We’ll talk about why that is later on in this article. Either way, you should definitely talk to your surgeon about any liposuction concerns or questions you might have. This article is not intended to be that kind of medical advice (we’re in this for entertainment purposes only). Should you lose weight before your liposuction? That’s definitely a question you should ask your surgeon.
How Liposuction Works
There are plenty of good reasons to lose weight, generally speaking. It can be good for your health and your self esteem. (Though, not necessarily exclusively.) But slimming down is almost never easy, and your body puts up all kinds of defenses. For example, as you exercise, you become hungrier, making it harder to keep any weight off once it’s lost.
But your body will also have certain areas of fat that are totally immune to diet or exercise of any kind. These “stubborn” areas of fat simply won’t respond to anything you do. They tend to develop later in life, but not exclusively so. And they can be very, very frustrating to deal with.
A liposuction procedure introduces an obviously, well, unnatural element to the process. During liposuction, a small incision is made (usually only a couple of centimeters in length), and a small tube called a cannula is inserted into the target area. A surgeon then proceeds to remove the fat with the cannula, contouring the results so that they conform to the rest of your body. Once you finish healing from the procedure, you’ll notice that you look significantly slimmer in the target area because the fat has been permanently removed.
Is Losing Weight Good or Bad?
Whether you should lose weight before your liposuction procedure really depends on what you mean by “before.” Let’s put it this way, if you lose weight a year before your liposuction, you’ll be good. If you lose weight a day before your liposuction, there could be some drawbacks.
The one benefit of losing weight before a liposuction procedure is that it might better show you where the stubborn areas of fat are located. This often happens in patients who go through a significant weight loss transformation. Once you know where the stubborn areas of fat are, liposuction can become a more prominent option for you.
However, liposuction is not employed only on stubborn areas of fat. Many patients simply want to remove bothersome areas of fat–or, rather, they want to target areas of the body where they are bothered by fat. So whether the fat is “stubborn” or not doesn’t always matter all that much, especially if the patient is not likely to lose a significant amount of weight in the future. Indeed, for most patients–whether the fat removed is “stubborn” or not–maintaining a stable weight after liposuction is the best way to maintain aesthetically positive results.
Steady Wins the Race
During your liposuction procedure, fat cells will be removed from the body–and they don’t come back. Now, of course, that doesn’t mean you’ll never gain weight again. The remaining fat cells can certainly continue to expand.
But it’s important to note that little fact because it helps explain why it’s so important that patients maintain a stable body weight before and after their liposuction procedure. Your surgeon will likely contour your results to your body–ensuring that the final transformation looks as natural as possible.
But that means it’s quite important for patients to maintain a stable weight after their liposuction procedure. Because your results will be optimized for that weight. If you gain or lose a substantial amount of weight, your liposuction results could be diminished. That’s why it’s always a good idea to share any body transformation plans you might have with your surgeon.