What happens if I gain weight after liposuction?The new contours of the body will be more or less permanent after liposuction plastic surgery. But if the patient gains a moderate amount of body weight (below ten pounds), their new figure will not change significantly.

They would simply look like a slightly larger version of their new body shape.

As long as the patient does not gain excessive amounts of weight, they can enjoy their new body contours. Time will take some toll on the body shape due to the natural process of aging. However, the results of liposuction will still continue to be visible.

The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides liposuction to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and surrounding locations.


How Changes in Body Weight Affect the Figure

Good liposuction candidates will be committed to maintaining stable body weight even after the surgery and will follow a balanced diet and regular exercise program. Post-liposuction weight gain will impact the appearance of the new body contours. Patients should ideally weigh less after liposuction by at least the amount of fat removed.

For instance, if a person with an original body weight of 140 pounds undergoes liposuction to remove six pounds of fat, they should weigh nearly 134 pounds after the surgery.

But if the patient puts on six pounds to weigh 140 pounds after the procedure, the cosmetic outcomes will still be appealing. However, they will diminish marginally.

If the patient gains an extra 16 pounds to weigh 150 pounds after liposuction, the overall results will be significantly impacted. For people who lack the discipline to maintain stable body weight after liposuction, it may not be a suitable procedure.

Liposuction is not a guarantee that someone will remain that same weight indefinitely. If they don’t eat properly and/or exercise on a normal basis then in short order or a few years later that same person could be back in the same spot. They will not be happy with their appearance and wondering if they should do this procedure again.


Fat Accumulation after Post-Liposuction Weight Gain

If the patient puts on significant amounts of weight (ten pounds and above) following liposuction plastic surgery, then the body will potentially produce new fat, and this fat must go to various parts of the body. The new fat will usually be stored in areas of the body depending on the number of fat cells in each site.

As a result, the liposuction treated areas will collect relatively lesser fat. But the sites that have not been treated with liposuction will accumulate significant fatty deposits.

If the patient gains weight after liposuction of the hips, outer thighs, and abdomen, the new fat will accumulate in areas such as the neck, upper arms, breasts, legs, face, and back.


Maintaining Body Weight Post-Liposuction

The surgeon will offer the patient instructions on following a balanced diet and exercise regimen after their liposuction surgery. In the initial one to two weeks after the procedure, the patient should only take mild walks around the neighborhood or on a treadmill. Playing shortstop on the company’s softball team is not a wise move to make.

They can gradually increase their activity level in the following two to three weeks. But the patient should be careful not to put pressure on the incisions.

In around one month, the incisions will heal properly. The patient can perform more vigorous exercises after the incisions heal. They should take a diet that is rich in veggies, fruit, and fiber, and avoid processed foods and saturated fats.

Plastic surgeons at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and nearby areas for liposuction. For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit


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