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Liposuction results: are they permanent?
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Liposuction results: are they permanent?

25th Sep 2017

Liposuction procedure removes fat cells in the area where there are excess fats. The quantity of fat that can be removed from a certain area depends on the aspect and the volume of fat. During liposuction, the number of fat cells in the areas treated is greatly reduced.

Your plastic surgeon will tell you that the results of the liposuction can be permanent, but this is not a guarantee. Once the wound has completely healed, it is the patient’s responsibility to maintain the results of the intervention. Future pregnancies and massive weight gains can alter the results of the intervention.

Gaining weight after liposuction increases the volume of the adipose cells. The weight gained will be visible first in areas of the body that were not treated with liposuction and thereafter in the area where liposuction was performed. The plastic surgeon can reduce the number of adipose cells in areas of the body with localized fat deposits, but he can never eliminate all the fat cells in one area. Although the patient won’t develop new fat cells in the areas treated, the existing adipose cells left after the liposuction can increase their volume, thereby creating the appearance of new fat tissue.

There are people who tend to believe that liposuction is a sort of a license to eat whatever they want and when they put on weight, they can just have a liposuction and use it as a way to lose. Weight. Any experienced and responsible plastic surgeon will tell you that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure and should never be used as such. Liposuction should be only used to treat areas with excess fat that are hard to remove through exercise or diets.

Liposuction aims to remodel the shape of the patient’s body and offer an improved contour to areas that lack definition due to obnoxious localized fat deposits. In theory, the liposuction’s results are permanent because the fat cells that have been eliminated will never find their way back in the body. Despite this, the contour of the body can still alter or revert back due to excessive weight gain, the aging process, genetic factors or the lifestyle choices we make.

The results of the surgery cannot be fully appreciated until the swelling disappears. In some cases it can take weeks or months to allow the inflammation to subside in order to be able to appreciate the results.

Patients who maintain a constant weight can expect the results to be permanent. But if the patient starts putting on weight after the intervention, the fat might be distributed in an atypical way. For example, if before liposuction the problem area was the thighs, after liposuction the fat deposit might form on the hips or buttocks. It is impossible to predict where your fat will form after liposuction.

The plastic surgeon cannot extract all the fat in the areas treated since a thin layer of adipose tissue is required to give blood supply to the skin. The thin fat tissue also has a protective role against traumas. It helps to maintain the body’s temperature and has other important roles in the body.


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