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What happens if I gain weight after liposuction?

What happens if I gain weight after liposuction?After liposuction, the new body contours will be more or less permanent. However, if the patient puts on a moderate amount of body weight (under ten pounds), their new body shape will not be altered significantly. They would simply appear as a slightly bigger version of their new body shape.

The patient can enjoy their new body contours for as long as they do not put on an excessive amount of weight. The natural process of aging will undoubtedly continue to cause changes in the body shape. But the liposuction outcomes will still be visible.

Focused cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides liposuction to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations in this standout part of the nation.


How Fluctuations in Body Weight Impact the Figure

Ideal liposuction candidates will dedicatedly maintain their body weight even after the procedure and will follow a healthy diet and exercise program.

The weight that an individual gains after liposuction will impact the appearance of their post-liposuction body shape. Ideally, patients should weigh less following lipo by at least the amount of the weight of the fat eliminated.

Effectively, a patient who originally had a body weight of 140 pounds and received liposuction surgery to remove six pounds of fat, should weight around 134 pounds after the procedure.

However, if the patient gains six pounds to weigh 140 pounds a few months after the surgery, the aesthetic results will still be attractive, but marginally sub-optimal.

If a patient puts on an additional 10 pounds to weigh 150 pounds after lipo surgery, the overall outcomes will be adversely impacted to a significant extent. Patients lacking the dedication to maintain stable body weight after liposuction may be better off without undergoing surgery.

A patient must exercise. Just because someone has liposuction does not mean they are immune to gaining weight. The only people who are immune to gaining weight are people with some rare disease which is another subject entirely.

Exercise machines for all sorts of prices are sold on the market. A patient may want to consider buying one of these and putting it in their living room in front of their TV. Now that person can do two things at once: watch a brilliant movie, show, or sporting event and burn calories at the same time.


Fat Accumulation after Post-Lipo Weight Gain

If the patient gains a large amount of weight (ten pounds or more) after liposuction, then the body will potentially generate new fat, and this fat must go to different parts of the body. The new fat will typically accumulate in multiple parts of the body proportional to the number of fat cells in each location.

Consequently, the areas which have been treated with liposuction will accumulate relatively lesser fat. But areas that are untreated by lipo will experience more significant fat deposits.

For example, if the patient puts on weight after liposuction of the outer thighs, hips, and abdomen, more of the new fat will go to other sites such as the upper arms, neck, back, breasts, legs, and face.


Maintaining Body Weight Post-Lipo

The surgeon will provide the patient with guidelines on following a healthy diet and exercise plan following their liposuction surgery. The patient should only undertake gentle walks within their home during the initial one or two weeks to help enhance blood flow.

They can progressively increase their level of activity in the next two to three weeks but without causing strain to the incisions.

After the incisions heal completely in around one month, the patient can perform more aggressive exercises. They should consume a diet that is rich in vegetables, fruit, and fiber while avoiding processed foods and saturated fats as much as they can.


Proven cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and other suburbs and communities in The Cotton State for liposuction.
McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic 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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