Liposuction is easily one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures available. However, there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding it. For example, can liposuction increase your risk of gaining weight in the long term? Let’s take a look at the concept of fat redistribution after lipo.
The Relationship Between Lipo and Weight Gain
Asking if lipo makes you fat seems silly on the surface. After all, it is a procedure that removes fat. But there are good reasons people think to ask this question. To understand this, people need to know about the relationship between lipo and weight gain.
[pullquote]The relationship between lipo and weight gain is more complicated than it seems on the surface.[/pullquote]
The fat cells removed by liposuction do not grow back. However, new fat cells may develop or the remaining fat cells may grow if a significant amount of weight is gained. With minor weight gain, this will typically not occur in the treated area. Instead, other areas of the body will absorb the new fat cells.
Liposuction Doesn’t Cause Weight Gain
The idea that liposuction triggers weight gain is inaccurate. This misconception has likely arisen because some people get lipo and then feel like they can be laxer with their diet and exercise routine, thus putting on pounds shortly after the procedure. Although lipo does not cause weight gain, it can appear that way to observers.
Liposuction is strictly meant to remove fat from areas that do not respond to diet or exercise. It does not lead to long-term weight loss unless the right changes are made, and it is possible to gain weight after lipo if the client fails to eat well and exercise. Do your research and know the facts about liposuction, before deciding whether or not lipo is right for you.
To learn more about what to expect from liposuction, schedule a consultation with Dr. Campanile by calling the office at 303-345-7476 or contacting us online.