Dr. LeRoy Answers Some Common Questions About Liposuction

Can fat cells return into areas that have been liposuctioned?

When fat cells are removed from the body during a liposuction procedure, there is no way for those fat cells to return. The body has a certain number of fat cells and once they are removed, they are removed forever. However, this does not mean that the remaining fat cells in the body cannot expand.

There is a common misconception that once you get an area of the body liposuctioned, you cannot gain weight in that same area. But even though the removed fat cells cannot return, the existing fat cells in the body can expand like any other fat cell and ultimately lead to weight gain. That is why it is so important to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss solution in itself. Patients who undergo liposuction surgery should continue to exercise and eat healthy in order to maintain their results.

What is the difference between liposuction and mini/”Band Aid” Liposuction?

Depending on the amount of excess fat in a patient, liposuction or mini liposuction (called the Band Aid Liposuction technique at D. LeRoy’s practice) may be recommended. For a traditional liposuction procedure, the ideal candidate is within about 20 to 25 pounds of their ideal body weight. Traditional liposuction is a solution to get rid of the excess fat in “problem areas” of the body – usually the tummy, hips, thighs, arms, or lower back, that are slow to or unresponsive to diet and exercise.

Mini liposuction, on the other hand, is for candidates who are relatively thin, in good shape, and who are very close to or at their ideal body weight. Because a mini-liposuction removes much smaller amounts of fat, it is only recommended for areas with tiny, stubborn pockets of fat that are resisting the efforts of diet and exercise. Because these areas require minimal suctioning, a mini liposuction procedure can be done in-office with gentle, local numbing. The patient is awake during the procedure and can return home later that same day. While this technique is less invasive, has a shorter recovery time, and can be more cost effective – it can only be performed on patients with very small pockets of excess fat. Traditional liposuction will be the most effective solution for patients who do not meet these requirements.

Do the newer, non invasive liposuction techniques really work?

Many new noninvasive liposuction techniques have hit the market recently that boasts no incisions necessary to remove excess fat from the body. Not enough testing has been done for these types of liposuction to validate these claims. For patients who want guaranteed, appreciable results, liposuction or mini liposuction would be the most effective solution to eliminating excess fat.