Where does the fat go when a person gains weight after liposuction?Liposuction plastic surgery is a popular procedure today for patients seeking body contouring. The benefits of liposuction are physical as well as emotional, which has made it a sought-after procedure in the US and globally. It safely and efficiently eliminates fat cells.


No Reason to Have a Real Concern

Surgeons typically perform this surgery with other procedures such as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck, or facial plastic surgery for more complete outcomes. The advancements in liposuction techniques and technologies have now made this procedure safer than ever before.

Plastic surgeons with board certification must stay updated on any developments in the area of plastic surgery and undergo regular tests to ensure that they are knowledgeable in the latest technologies. This rigorous process enables these medical professionals to be adept at procedures and perform them with minimal risks involvement.

The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS), 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 communities.


What Becomes of the Fat Cells and Can They Re-Grow?

Fat cells removed through liposuction are permanently eliminated, and these cells cannot regenerate in an adult body. Therefore, patients do not need to be concerned about them ever returning. While the body contouring benefits of liposuction are permanent, an increase in fat is possible with substantial weight gain.

Liposuction removes fat cells from the treated area and offers the advantage of unchanging contours, even with weight gain. But the fat cells that remain in the treated site can increase in size, which can cause the treated area to appear larger as well.

It is important for patients to follow a regular diet and exercise program to ensure that their liposuction outcomes sustain.


What Happens if You Gain Weight After Liposuction?

Three things can happen if a patient puts on weight after liposuction plastic surgery:

They will gain weight throughout the body They will gain weight in an untreated body area They will gain weight in the liposuction treated area

The third option does not commonly occur as liposuction removes fat cells in the treated area making it difficult to gain weight. But it can happen, and the patient should follow a balanced lifestyle to prevent the third scenario.

While consuming a balanced diet and exercising regularly is vital for everyone, it is even more important for patients who want to maintain their liposuction outcomes. Importantly, liposuction cannot replace a balanced lifestyle.


Watch What You Eat

Some ways that patients can maintain their sleek and slim post-liposuction body are:

Reduce the intake of carbohydrates such as pasta, rice, and bread Cut out sugar and unhealthy fats such as vegetable oil Include a good amount of healthy vegetables in your diet Consume proteins such as fish, pork, and beef Drink a lot of water Do not skip meals and eat a healthy breakfast daily

Limiting carbs in their daily diet is an effective way for many patients to lose weight. In addition, eliminating sugars such as fruits with a high glycemic index, flavored yogurt, fruit juice, beer, molasses, milk, honey, syrup, and brown and white sugar goes a long way in reducing and maintaining body weight.

Successful liposuction candidates also maintain their weight by avoiding starches such as parsnips, potatoes, corn, peas, beans, carrots, and rice as well as food items such as bagels, muffins, crackers, flour, cereal, and bread. They also ensure that their diet contains large amounts of salad greens, radishes, peas, squash, artichokes, cabbage, and asparagus.


Make sure you get Enough Sleep

Studies indicate that patients with regular sleep habits will have lower percentages of body fat in comparison to those with erratic sleep schedules. According to research, a ninety-minute variation in sleep duration can have a significant impact on the amount of fat a body will store.

Women who sleep for less than 6½ hours or more than 8½ hours tend to store more body fat. Those who lie between these metrics have better outcomes of fat indexes.

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


Serving Richmond, VA, Fredricksburg, Williamsburg, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington and surrounding communities.

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