Liposuction is one of our most popular cosmetic surgery treatments offered at Cosmos Clinic. Women and men who choose to undergo liposuction often complain about stubborn areas of body fat that just won’t go even after adhering to a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
But we often receive questions about the effects of weight gain after liposuction.
If I gain weight, will it ruin my liposuction results? Will the fat cells come back after liposuction? Where in my body will new fat be if I do gain weight post-surgery?
These are genuine concerns for anyone considering a liposuction procedure.
Liposuction surgery is not a substitute for weight loss
It’s important to understand, liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure and shouldn’t be considered a substitute for positive lifestyle changes like a healthy diet and physical activity.
The procedure which removes excess fat cells from desired areas of the body offers body contouring and sculpting. Some of the most commonly targeted areas include the abdomen, love handles, thighs, back, buttocks and arms.
Explore our Liposuction procedure options here.
Liposuction surgery offers a permanent change to your body shape but it does not promise ever-lasting weight loss.
The return of fat cells after liposuction
During liposuction, excess fat cells are removed from the targeted areas of the body. These are permanently removed and will not come back or affect your new body shape.
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If you do gain weight after liposuction, the weight will typically return to untreated areas of the body. For example, if you have liposuction to your abdomen, you may notice weight gain around your thighs if you do put on more kilos.
Significant weight gain, however, can result in new fat cells accumulating in both the treated and untreated areas of the body. This highlights the importance of making healthy lifestyle changes to maintain your results.
Maintain a stable weight before liposuction
As liposuction is not a weight-loss tool, it’s recommended that liposuction patients be at their ideal weight or close to before undergoing the procedure.
If you’re able to maintain a stable weight before liposuction, it will increase your chances of permanently preserving your liposuction results. The best way to achieve healthy weight loss and keep the number on the scales stable is by gradually losing weight rather than by extreme diets or supplements.
By implementing a healthy routine of a balanced diet and regular physical activity before you undergo the procedure, you’ll already be in the right mindset to keep it going post-surgery.
Exercise may prevent weight gain after liposuction
Maintaining your liposuction results isn’t just about watching your caloric intake. Studies have found exercise is effective in counteracting the growth of visceral fat after liposuction.
Visceral fat is fat that’s found deep inside the abdomen and is associated with increased health risks such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other obesity-related conditions.
Liposuction helps to remove subcutaneous fat cells which are located under the skin’s surface but doesn’t necessarily address the excess visceral fat. If you adhere to a sedentary lifestyle without regular exercise, you risk the chance of visceral fat levels rising whether you’ve had liposuction or not.
If you are considering liposuction, it’s essential you maintain a training regime post-surgery to not only maintain your results but for your overall health and wellbeing.
Unsure whether you’re a suitable candidate for liposuction surgery? Explore our liposuction procedures in more detail here. You can also contact our team at Cosmos Clinic to discuss your desires for the surgical procedure on 1300-138-797 or at [email protected].