Where does the fat go when a person gains weight after liposuction?

Where does the fat go when a person gains weight after liposuction?Liposuction plastic surgery is a highly sought-after procedure among patients seeking body contouring. This procedure offers patients physical as well as emotional benefits which have led to its soaring popularity in the US and around the globe.

The surgeon should stay updated on the advancements in the area of plastic surgery and undergo routine tests to make sure that they are abreast with the latest technological developments.

This rigorous protocol allows the surgeon to be adept at performing intricate aesthetic procedures and undertake them with the involvement of minimal risks.

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


What happens to the Fat Cells and Can They Re-Grow?

The fat cells removed via liposuction are permanently eliminated from the adult body and cannot return. Patients can be assured that the fat removal is permanent. But despite the permanent body contouring benefits of liposuction, an increase in fat can occur if the patient gains a large amount of weight.

Liposuction eliminates fat cells from the treatment site and offers permanently improved contours, even with weight gain. But the fat cells remaining in the treated area can grow larger in size, making the treated site appear larger as well.

Therefore, it is vital for patients to follow a balanced diet and regular exercise regimen to make sure that their liposuction results are long-lasting.


What Happens if You Gain Weight After Liposuction?

If a patient gains weight following liposuction plastic surgery, three things may happen:

They will put on weight throughout their body They will put on weight in an untreated area of the body They will put on weight in the liposuction treated site

The third option does not often occur as liposuction eliminates fat in the treated site making it difficult to put on weight. However, it can certainly happen, and the patient should follow a healthy lifestyle to prevent the third case scenario.

Following a balanced diet and regular exercise regimen is important for everyone, but more so for patients who want to maintain their liposuction results. Liposuction is not a substitute for a balanced lifestyle.


Change in Fat Cell Size with Significant Weight Gain

In case the patient gains a moderate amount of weight over the years after liposuction, the fat cells remaining in the treated sites will merely become bigger by accumulating more fat within the cell membranes of the existing cells.

But if the patient gains a substantial amount of weight (ten percent of their body weight or more) the body may generate new fat cells in various parts of the body. These sites may also include areas that have been previously treated with liposuction plastic surgery.

The adult body produces more fat cells, or lipocytes, upon gaining a relatively substantial amount of weight. Differentiation is the process in which these cells develop from existing pleuripotential connective tissue cells. In this process, existing connective tissue cells convert into immature fat cells (lipoblasts).


Fat Cells

Over time, the lipoblasts will change into mature fat cells as the patient continues to gain weight. Even in such cases, a relatively lower amount of fat will accumulate in the liposuction treated areas in comparison to other areas of the body.

This may allow the patient to enjoy the body contouring outcomes of liposuction surgery to a considerable extent, despite some weight gain along with normal eating habits.

Cosmetic surgeons at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and nearby areas for liposuction body contouring. 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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