Can The Fat Return After Liposuction?

It isn’t always easy to get our desired body shape. By the time we reach adulthood, we have a certain number of fat cells that remains stable throughout the rest of our lives. There’s no guarantee that after losing weight we can get the body shape we want because we can’t control where the fat is reduced from on our body. Due to genetics and other factors that are outside of our control, most of us have a problem area where we are more likely to store excess, resistant fat. Many of our patients have stubborn fat on areas such as the belly, thighs, upper arms, and flanks that they can’t get rid of naturally, so they turn to liposuction from our Toronto-based office as a way of reducing these areas, to sculpt the body type they’ve always wanted.

Liposuction sculpts the silhouette you want and provides immediate results. Aside from the positive results, patients also want to know about the longevity of the procedure. One thing our patients often wonder about when they’re having the procedure is whether the fat that is surgically removed could come back.

The fat cells that are surgically removed can’t come back. However, it’s still important for patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a stable weight after the surgery. It will still be possible to gain weight even after the surgery and the more you gain, the less impressive your results will look. You can get the best results by maintaining your post-liposuction weight – meaning the weight you are at after losing a few pounds through the surgery.

If you gain a few pounds after liposuction, it may not make much of a difference to your results. However, if you gain a larger amount of weight, fat may be more noticeable in other areas of the body that weren’t treated with liposuction. The treated areas have fewer fat cells so these areas will always be proportionately smaller than surrounding areas even if you gain a substantial amount of weight. For most patients, their physique will always look better regardless of body weight.

For more advice about liposuction, contact our Toronto-based practice to set up an appointment with Dr. Wayne Carman. Call us at (416) 322-7108 or submit a contact form online to request a consultation if you would like to find out more about this procedure.

Written by Wayne Carman

Dr. Carman is a Toronto Plastic Surgeon practicing breast, body and facial cosmetic surgery.