Does Fat Come Back After Liposuction?

Serving Greenwood, Greenville, Columbia, South Carolina & nearby Augusta, Georgia

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A common question we hear from prospective liposuction patients is “Will the fat return after my procedure?” The answer is no — any fat cells removed during liposuction are gone for good. However, that doesn’t mean future weight gain is impossible. Keep reading to learn more.

How Liposuction Permanently Eliminates Unwanted Fat

Liposuction patient exercising To understand why fat can’t come back after liposuction, you need to know two things about fat cells. One, the number of fat cells in the body can fluctuate during childhood and adolescence. But after a person reaches adulthood, their quantity of fat cells becomes relatively fixed.

Two, although fat cells shrink with weight loss, the number of cells in the body does not go down. Similarly, fat cells increase in size with weight gain, but the number of cells does not go up. Studies have found a few exceptions to this situation, but it’s the general rule. And it makes it clear why slimming down is often so challenging.

That’s where liposuction comes in. Unlike exercise, liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in your body. The result is a long-lasting improvement in the contour of the treatment area.

Maintaining Your Liposuction Results

Keep in mind that liposuction will not prevent remaining fat cells from expanding with weight gain. The more weight you gain after your procedure, the less optimal your results will be.

That’s why it’s important to eat well and exercise regularly after liposuction. These simple healthy lifestyle choices will help you maintain your trim, toned figure for years to come.

Schedule Your Greenwood Liposuction Consultation

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ted Vaughn will happily answer any additional questions you have regarding liposuction. He has performed this body contouring procedure for over twenty years and can help you achieve the beautiful results you desire.

Schedule your consultation today at 864-223-0505. Piedmont Plastic Surgery proudly welcomes patients from Greenwood, Greenville, and Columbia, South Carolina. Our practice also regularly serves individuals who travel from nearby areas of Georgia.