We hate fat. Let’s face it. Yet, there it is–an inert, undesirable lump that nobody wants. Here is what you should know about fat and liposuction.

People often have many questions about the procedure.  They wonder whether fatty tissue will regrow in treated areas. Whether fatty tissue will accumulate in other areas. Whether the sculpted contours will persist over time.

First of all, we usually perform liposuction in the outpatient surgery. Most of time, the amount of fat removal is generally only a few pounds at most. Compared to a person’s weight, it is merely a few percent. Therefore, liposuction should not be considered a weight reduction procedure. It is a contour-improving procedure and can get rid of many common trouble spots such as the thighs.   Similarly, liposuction is not a license to eat and be idle. If you do this, you will regain the amount of fat suctioned out previously, and far more!!

Most people do not gain more fat cells after seven years of age. When you gain weight, each existing fat cell simply gets larger. When liposuction of a particular area is performed, it removes certain numbers of fat cells and these fat cells are gone forever. It is, however, not possible to remove all the fat cells in any area completely. Therefore, the remaining fat cells can and do get bigger if you gain weight. However, fat cells in other areas of the body also get bigger, too. So, the simple answer to the question of what happens to your body when you subsequently gain weight after liposuction is that you will get fatter at the suctioned area as well as other areas. The contour is likely to remain better than before liposuction.

A lot of exciting research has been done involving fat. Fat grafting is one of the areas that is progressing rapidly. Stem cell research is developing too. I hope in the the near future I will have much more to report to you. Stay tuned.