Will Weight Gain After Liposuction Ruin My Results?

woman measures her waist with a measure type in front of a mirror. Liposuction removes stubborn fat from the body. Not a weight loss treatment, liposuction is commonly used to remove fewer than ten pounds, but this is enough for good candidates to experience better definition, improved comfort, and all of the other benefits offered by this popular body contouring treatment.

Many people experience weight fluctuations, even after liposuction. If you take steps to maintain your liposuction results, such as eating a healthy diet and exercising several times a week, mild weight changes will likely have minimal impact. However, if you gain a substantial amount of weight – more than 10 pounds – you risk undoing the results of your liposuction procedure.

Liposuction is permanent in that fat, once removed, does not magically grow back. Results can, however, be undone through new weight gain. The best way to avoid this issue is to stay healthy and active.

What About Excess Skin?

With extra weight comes extra skin. Fat cells can be removed through liposuction, but excess skin cannot. Unfortunately, once fat is removed, excess skin often becomes loose and slack, obscuring the results of your fat removal procedure. In these cases, Dr. Jayesh Panchal may recommend additional treatments, such as abdominoplasty, thigh lift, or arm lift. He can discuss these options in more detail if a lift procedure could benefit you.

Another option for dealing with loose and sagging skin, particularly in the face and buttocks, is fat transfer. Fat transfer uses the cells removed through liposuction to reshape and enhance areas that commonly deflate or sag with age. Reinjecting fat cells can add volume, improve elasticity, and create a fuller, healthier, and more appealing look in various areas of the body. During your initial consultation, Dr. Panchal will assess your frame to help you determine if it is a good fit for your needs.

A board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience, Dr. Panchal is pleased to offer several advanced liposuction techniques, including SmartLipo®, HydraSolve®, and ultrasound-assisted options. Some of these encourage skin tightening more than others, though none are specifically designed for the issue. During your initial consultation, he will assess your areas of concern to help you choose the right solution.

Please call Genesis Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa at 405-340-9949 to schedule an appointment at our Edmond office or 405-310-6767 to schedule one in Norman.

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