An interesting thing about fat cells in the body is that we have only a set number of them. In other words, the body does not create any additional fat cells. Weight gain, therefore, is not a result of increasing number of fat cells, rather it is the result of an increase of the size of the cells that already exist. When a patient undergoes liposuction, much of the fat from one area of the body is permanently removed. So far, so good!
There is a danger, however, to patients who rely on liposuction alone for their weight loss. Without a healthy diet and regular exercise, fat cells in other parts of the body will begin to grow. So while liposuction can give you a new shape (such as contoured hips) that will remain long after the surgery, the fat cells in another area (for instance, the thighs) may absorb all of the extra calories instead. Liposuction then becomes a simple trade-off instead of a permanent solution.
The professional Journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery surveyed 209 patients that had undergone liposuction surgery, and the results were alarming: 43% of them actually gained weight within 2 years after the procedure! The journal concluded that in order for liposuction to be successful, the patient should concurrently begin an exercise and nutritional program designed to ensure that the weight stays off. A quality, board-certified surgeon will be well-prepared to help ensure that your liposuction procedure is effective tomorrow and for many years afterwards.
Remember, liposuction can be a great tool to help you achieve the body you’ve always wanted, but it isn’t a replacement for eating right and getting regular exercise.