When the previous year’s statistics tallying up the various cosmetic surgeries performed are released, it’s pretty much a sure bet that liposuction will be in one of the top three spots. The reason for its popularity is simple really — everyone, no matter what shape they are in, has pockets of fat that are almost impossible to get rid of with changes in diet and exercise. Liposuction is the way to make those pockets go away.
At Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, we use ultrasound-assisted liposuction to liquefy the fat for smoother results and easier recoveries. But odds are if you’re considering liposuction you still have some questions. Here are the most common, along with some answers.
Will the fat cells grow back after liposuction?
Of course, the fat cells that are removed aren’t going to magically use a transporter and return to their former home; they are gone permanently. And fat is less likely to rebuild in the areas treated. However, if the patient then proceeds to gain a significant amount of weight, say 10% of his or her body weight, then new fat cells can develop. But if the patient doesn’t gain weight the new contour is permanent.
If I gain weight does the fat come back to the treated areas?
Fat usually doesn’t return in the treated areas provided the patient doesn’t gain a significant amount of weight. With smaller amounts of weight gain, the fat usually accumulates in untreated areas.
What if I get pregnant after liposuction?
While pregnancy involves weight gain, it doesn’t automatically affect the results of your liposuction. If you have liposuction and later become pregnant, you’ll gain weight, obviously. But if you then lose the weight from your pregnancy, your original liposuction improvements will return, just as if you had not become pregnant. So the decision to have liposuction doesn’t need to be tied to whether you want to have children or not down the road.
Can I remove an unlimited amount of fat?
There is a limit to the amount of fat that can be safely removed in a single liposuction procedure. The maximum amount of fat that can be removed safely is about 6 to 8 pounds. If more than 6 to 8 pounds of fat needs to be removed, it is safest to divide the liposuction into separate surgical procedures each separated by 3 to 4 weeks.
How long will it take to see results?
Most patients will see 90 percent of their ultimate liposuction results within one to three months after surgery. For the first few weeks after surgery, there will be postoperative swelling. The amount and duration of swelling are predicated on how large the areas treated by Dr. Lonergan or Dr. Deleeuw, and the technique used. We use ultrasound-assisted liposuction to make a recovery easier.
Will liposuction help my cellulite?
No. Cellulite is caused by the way a woman’s skin is stratified. It has nothing to do with fat pockets, so liposuction has no effect on cellulite.
If you have other questions about liposuction at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, give us a call at 302-656-0214.