Liposuction surgery permanently removes body fat from specific areas. It is a targeted fat reduction surgery. When those fat cells are removed, they do not grow back in the place from which they were removed. Liposuction surgery is permanent.
That being said, the patient can gain weight after undergoing liposuction surgery. The new fat will be distributed to other parts of the body where the fat cells are still intact. In effect, the patient will retain their post-surgery shape, but he or she can gain weight.
Liposuction surgery is body sculpting. It is not a weight loss procedure or even a weight management procedure. The purpose is to remove specific fat bulges from underneath the skin on patients that are in good health and close to their ideal weights. Once the body is sculpted into its new shape, it will retain that shape. Slimmer thighs will always be proportionately slimmer, even if the patient gains weight.
Most people’s bodies naturally accumulate fat in certain areas more so than in other areas. For example, some women have a pear shape because excess fat appears on their thighs and hips. Liposuction surgery removes the fat cells in those areas so any new fat gained will not automatically go to the hips and thighs. It may appear elsewhere on the body, but the body’s new, more balanced shape will remain.
Liposuction surgery offers the best results on people with stable body weights. If your weight fluctuates, then a weight gain will result in fat accumulation. However, if your weight remains the consistent ever year after liposuction surgery, then your liposuction surgery results will remain the same. This is why it is very important for liposuction surgery patients to maintain their body weights after liposuction. Liposuction surgery is not a license to eat poorly or stop exercising. It is a way of refining the body beyond what diet and exercise can do.
The best candidates for liposuction surgery are people who are within 20 pounds of their ideal weights, who are healthy overall, and who have realistic expectations of liposuction surgery. Liposuction is not classified as bariatric surgery. It will not cause a significant drop in weight, but it can be used to refine the body after a large weight loss. However, patients need to maintain the weight they are at the time of having liposuction surgery in order to maintain the same results.