Can Fat from Liposuction Come Back?
Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries – and one of the most misunderstood. This cosmetic procedure involves the removal of fatty deposits from unwanted areas on the body.
Some patients believe liposuction is the answer to their weight-loss goals. It’s important you understand liposuction is neither a treatment for weight loss nor a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Longevity is one of the main concerns some patients have before undergoing liposuction. Will fat come back after liposuction? Patients fear their unwanted fat may come back post-surgery. While your board-certified plastic surgeon does remove fat cells that will not grow back, there are other fat cells in various areas of your body that can increase in size. When patients do not continue with a healthy diet and regular exercise, then the fat cells will appear more enhanced on non-treated parts of the body.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is the surgical removal of excess fat with a suction device. Most of the fatty tissue in your body sits in the subcutaneous layer, which is sandwiched between your skin and muscles. This layer also contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that provide structure and support to your skin. Liposuction will only target subcutaneous fat deposits. Visceral fat, which is fatty deposits around internal organs, cannot be treated with this procedure.
Dr. Zoran Potparic is a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs liposuction in Fort Lauderdale to get rid of unwanted fat without damaging surrounding structures. He offers several different techniques that can make fat removal easier – traditional or “mechanical,” ultrasound, laser, and water jet.
Do Fat Cells Come Back After Lipo?
Now for the million-dollar question – do fat cells come back after lipo? The answer is no. After your board-certified plastic surgeon removes the fat cells and fatty deposits during liposuction, they are gone for good; however, it is important to understand that if you do not continue living a healthy lifestyle and therefore gain a significant amount of weight post-op and after your recovery, fat cells throughout your body in untreated areas can become enlarged.
Weight gain is still very possible after a liposuction procedure. If you gain weight during your recovery process and post-op, you won’t be able to see the results of your liposuction. The areas where your plastic surgeon removed the fatty deposits are not immune to accumulated fat. While the accumulated fat will occur at a slower rate, these areas are not unaffected.
How To Prevent Fat Gain After Liposuction
To prevent the return of fatty deposits after liposuction, you must implement lifestyle changes. Living a healthy lifestyle starts by maintaining your diet and focusing on regular exercise.
Introduce a healthy diet packed with protein, fruits and vegetables as well as whole foods rather than processed foods. Meal prep for your week to avoid meals full of fats and sugars.
Hydration is another important factor in order to prevent fat gain after liposuction. Purchase a large refillable water bottle to keep track of your water intake. Drinking water isn’t just important when exercising, but on a regular basis.
Exercising regularly will also be a vital part of preventing the further growth of fatty deposits. Introduce a mix of cardio and strength training to burn fat and build muscle. Create a workout schedule that works best for you.
Schedule Your Liposuction Today
Ready to book your free consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon? Our liposuction plastic surgeon is here to answer your questions. Contact us today to get started eliminating your unwanted fat. Trust the experts at Dr. Zoran Potparic’s boutique surgical center.
Dr. Zoran Potparic is a board certified plastic surgeon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, committed to performing surgery of the highest quality, safety, and artistry. He applies his years of global study and research, as well as more than 30 years of hands-on experience performing reconstructive and cosmetic surgery for patients coming from all over the United States.