Fat cells are distinct in their behavior in comparison to other kinds of cells. Upon reaching adulthood, the total number of fat cells in the human body remains quite stable.
Weight loss and gain do not occur by adding or reducing fat cells. Rather, it happens when the existing fat cells get smaller or bigger.
In case the patient has excess fat cells in specific sites, such as the thighs, lower belly, or neck, these areas will be challenging to reduce with diet and exercise alone. Additionally, if a person loses weight, all of their fat cells will shrink, not merely in their “problem” areas.
This means that places, where they might appreciate having some volume (such as the breasts), will reduce in size along with the rest of their body when they lose weight. Summarily, their overall proportions will not change much without external intervention.
A Helping Hand
Liposuction manually eliminates fat cells from treatment areas. A skilled plastic surgeon can help “even the playing field” by suctioning out excess fat cells in a precise pattern, reducing the total number of fat cells and contouring the area for a more proportional, desirable shape.
Dr. Landon D. McLain provides liposuction cosmetic surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations.
How long does Liposuction Last?
The good news is that the outcomes of liposuction can last for several years. The fat cells are manually removed, and the body cannot re-grow them. Therefore, these cells are permanently eliminated.
In addition, the patient will not accumulate more fat in the remaining cells in the treated sites if they maintain a stable weight and follow a balanced lifestyle.
It is a common myth that fat cells eliminated from one area will show up in another. While this is untrue, the patient will still need to be vigilant about following a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
Liposuction is not a Weight-Loss Procedure
Liposuction can help an individual spot-reduce stubborn fatty deposit relatively fast. However, this is not a free ticket to eat as much as they want! Liposuction is not designed to be a weight-loss procedure, and it does not guarantee that the patient will never put on weight again.
If a person consumes more calories than they burn, they can put weight back on after liposuction. The liposuction treated areas will not regain the same amount of fat as they would have without liposuction.
However, the fat cells that remain in the area will become larger with weight gain, and can potentially “cancel out” the lipo outcomes.
How to ensure your Liposuction Outcomes will last
Patients should commit to a healthy lifestyle and make the necessary adjustments to their diet and exercise habits prior to undergoing liposuction. The most satisfied liposuction patients are those who are fit, healthy, and within five to ten pounds of their optimal weight.
In addition, it is vital to understand that long-lasting does not imply forever. The aging process cannot be stopped by any cosmetic procedure. It is normal for an individual’s metabolism to slow down over time and for the body composition to change.
People may notice things about their body that they would like to change years down the road. In such cases, the patient should consult a skilled plastic surgeon to understand their options to touch up their results or mitigate signs of aging.
Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for liposuction cosmetic surgery.
McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here.
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