A common question we get regarding Smartlipo or laser assisted liposuction is: will the fat come back somewhere else after the surgery? Though we wish we could give a simple answer, the answer is more complicated than “yes” or “no.” While the Smartlipo procedure will successfully eliminate fat cells that will never return, weight gain after surgery is still possible without proper maintenance.
The Nature of Lipolysis
As adults we have as many fat cells as we are ever going to have, in fact we have the same number of fat cells whether you gain weight or lose weight. For example, when you lose weight you aren’t getting rid of fat cells you are merely decreasing the amount of lipid or fat that is contained within your fat cells. The definition of lipolysis is the destruction of fat cells, which means those cells are permanently gone and will not grow back or regenerate.
That being said, if you don’t do your part, you could still gain weight after liposuction. If you gain weight post-lipo, initial weight gain typically will be noticed in other areas of the body before it displays in the area you had liposuction, but if you aren’t careful and continue with weight gain it can and it will return to that area.
How to Avoid Weight Gain After Lipo
Lipolysis is ideal for those stubborn problem areas on your body that you desperately try to eliminate, but diet and exercise just don’t seem to get the job done. Since lipolysis does destroy and eliminate fat cells the results are extremely effective. There are many different types of liposuction on the market.
Traditional liposuction seems to be losing popularity due to the downtime and use of general anesthesia. In today’s busy world people want results without the downtime and Smartlipo offers exactly that. Smartlipo is laser assisted liposuction.
Instead of manually scraping the fat from the skin like with traditional liposuction a laser is used to melt and liquefy the fat before connecting aspiration and suctioning out the fat. Smartlipo is done under local anesthesia and is a gentler form of liposuction using tiny instruments that require a tiny puncture in the skin. There is virtually no downtime with Smartlipo; you can have this procedure done on a Friday and be back at work on Monday.
The laser also offers something traditional and other methods cannot and that’s skin tightening. Regardless of the liposuction technique you choose, they are all designed to eliminate fat cells to slim and contour the treated area. However, all patients need to understand: it is not out of the realm of possibility to gain weight back after lipo. You will likely see amazing results from your liposuction procedure, but you will need to maintain your results with healthy diet and consistent exercise. We like to say everything is permanent so long as you maintain it.
Is Lipolysis Right For You?
At WIFH, we offer a free consultation with Dr. Kulkin to anyone considering Smartlipo. At your consultation we are better able to understand what you are looking to achieve and Dr. Kulkin will give you realistic expectations as to the results you will see should you decide to proceed with your Smartlipo procedure. We believe in honesty and always doing the right thing, therefore, if we do not think you are a good candidate for this procedure, we will certainly tell you. We want every patient to be thrilled with their results from Smartlipo and encourage you to remain diligent post procedure with diet and exercise to maintain and enjoy the results for years to come.