There is a persistent rumor that once fat is removed through liposuction, a patient can no longer gain weight in that area. Patients have often come into a consultation concerned that if they do gain weight after the procedure; other parts of their body will get larger, while the liposuctioned area will remain the same – creating awkward and uneven areas. While it is true that the fat cells removed during liposuction will not return, patients should not be mislead to think that they can never again gain weight in the liposuctioned area. Just because some fat cells are permanently removed, doesn’t mean that remaining cells cannot expand and lead to weight gain.
Although there is a potential to regain the weight lost during liposuction, patients should not be discouraged by this information. It is important to remember that, while liposuction does work to remove fat, it is also a tool to sculpt the body into a more attractive shape. If patients gain a little weight, the enhanced silhouette will remain intact, even if there is a bit more fat than there was directly after the procedure.
There are also measures patients can take to maintain the results of liposuction – and it starts with practicing healthy eating habits and exercising regularly. After a liposuction procedure Dr. John LeRoy advises patients to begin a regular exercise routine – starting with light walking at least three days after the surgery and steadily increasing the routine in vigor. Patients are also recommended to eat foods rich in minerals and vitamins similar and cut down on their overall fat intake to help maintain the results of the procedure.
It is also important to note the necessity of having a board certified plastic surgeon performing the liposuction procedure. Especially when sculpting the shape of the body, an experienced professional is needed to achieve the safest and most effective results.
Liposuction can be a great tool to slim down your body – eliminating stubborn pockets of fat to give your body a thinner, more attractive shape. It is not however a quick fix for patients who do not wish to exercise and take care of their bodies. It is important to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle to not only maintain results of weight loss surgery, but to contribute to your overall health and longevity. For more information about ways to maintain the results of liposuction or to find out more about the liposuction procedure contact Dr. John LeRoy.