Liposuction: Will the Fat Come Back?
- 18 September 2013
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
Some people think that once fat cells are removed from an area of the body, their problem is solved; they are now slim and trim for life. They believe they can consume whatever they want because those fat cells are long gone – which means there is no place for that croissant to land.
Unfortunately for all of us, this is just not so. The fat does
come back – often in different places, but it will come back if healthy lifestyle habits are not maintained, and sometimes even if they are.
In a study published in the scientific journal Obesity, two researchers from the University of Colorado followed 32 non-obese women with pockets of fat on their hips, thighs, and abdomen. The study participants were divided into two groups: The first group had liposuction on their problem areas (an average of 6 pounds of fat was removed), the other group didn’t. Both groups were instructed not to change their lifestyles over the next calendar year.
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The results: One year later, the women who had undergone liposuction had returned to essentially the same weight they were before the procedure — the researchers theorized that this is due to the body’s “defence” of its fat supply.
Our bodies’ number of fat cells rarely increases past adolescence unless we gain significant weight as adults. When liposuction removes fat cells, two things can happen. First the remaining fat cells can expand OR fat can be stored in new places on the body.
So, you may be asking, why bother going through the expense, risk and potential pain of the procedure just to gain the weight again?
Here is why: The weight doesn’t come back in the same places. This generally means you look better, more balanced and more proportional. Liposuction is about contouring, not weight loss. It is about aesthetic symmetry. Forget the pounds – think more about the way your clothes will fit after and how great you will look in a bathing suit!