Liposuction is an effective way to achieve a more toned, sculpted figure. The procedure removes targeted pockets of fat which have been resistant to diet and exercise. But what happens to these fat cells after they are removed? Are they gone forever or can they return over time? There has been a significant amount of debate over this topic in recent years.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado found that fat removed as part of a liposuction procedure returns within one year, but it comes back in different places. A year later, a study published in an issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), found just the opposite – that fat cells do not return to treated areas or get redistributed to other areas of the body after liposuction.
It has long been acknowledged that weight gain is possible after liposuction. For many patients who gain weight after their procedure, the fat tends to accumulate in different regions than it did prior to liposuction. This supports the notion that once fat cells are removed, they do not return to the treated region; instead, remaining fat cells in other parts of the body increase in size as a part of weight gain.
Though research on the matter is ongoing, it is important to remember that liposuction is not a tool for weight loss and shouldn’t be used as a substitute for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The best way to ensure your liposuction results last a long time is to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. If you commit to staying fit after your procedure, then liposuction will truly be serving its purpose as a body sculpting tool.
If you are interested in liposuction and whether or not you would make a good candidate, please contact our Philadelphia practice at (610) 355-4275 to schedule your consultation.