My Indianapolis Plastic Surgery practice frequently performs liposuction on patients seeking a finishing touch to obtain their sexy silhouette. Whether it’s because a client has an area of fat that is determined to stay even after a lot of hard work, or a client simply wants some help with shaping their body, liposuction is a great way of getting rid of the last remnants of fat. Lipo isn’t a weight loss surgery, but a body contouring procedure meant for patients that are already very close to achieving their ideal weight.
Many of my clients, prior to their liposuction procedure, are concerned about whether or not the fat will return and ruin their new bodies. The answer to this isn’t a simple yes or no, but a yes AND no answer.
The truth is that the fat does have a tendency to come back. A new study recently reports that after liposuction, fat usually returns within a year. It doesn’t, however, return to any liposuctioned part, instead finding other parts of the body to settle in. This means any part of the body that has been liposuctioned will retain its post-op shape. I have seen this for myself in my Indianapolis liposuction patients.
Obesity researchers aren’t surprised by this new report whatsoever. In fact, this study on liposuction patients simply backs up what has already been found in animal data when fat was surgically removed. The goal is no longer to find out if fat returns, but why the fat returns in the first place. Currently the most popular hypothesis is that the body, maybe even the brain, is so used to having the fat that its removal causes the body to regulate itself. This could explain why weight tends to come back even after a diet.
So does this mean that lipo is futile? Of course not! As previously stated, lipo is more of a body sculpting procedure than a weight loss one. Those recommended for lipo should already be close to the weight they want to be; within 25 lbs is best. In this case a ton of fat isn’t even being taken out, meaning there is less fat to worry about returning. It’s also always smart to get into healthy eating habits and exercising regularly to ward off any pounds being put back on. But whether or not any fat returns, your beautiful shape will still remain as well as your satisfaction.
Will you still consider getting liposuction even though fat does return to other parts of the body?
To your health and beauty,