Can Liposuction Cause Weight Gain?

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Liposuction is a popular surgery that removes excess body fat around areas like the abdomen, thighs, and hips. While it can give you a more toned appearance, some people in Pasadena, CA worry that liposuction can actually cause weight gain.

The good news is patients shouldn't see a change in their liposuction results as long as they maintain their weight. Below, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgical specialist Dr. Omar Ahmed explores what goes into this fat removal procedure and how the specialists at Omar Ahmed, M.D. help patients achieve their desired look long-term.

Who benefits from liposuction?

Liposuction is not designed for obese individuals or people who want to lose large amounts of fat. Instead, body contouring reduces small but stubborn fat deposits that are unresponsive to normal diet and exercise efforts. Candidates for liposuction are usually within 10 –15 pounds of their ideal weight and plan on staying that way after the procedure is over.

There are many reasons why patients at Omar Ahmed, M.D. choose liposuction fat removal. Some of the most common include:

  • Reduce the appearance of fat on the belly, hips, thighs, or buttocks

  • Achieve a slimmer waistline after pregnancy

  • Fix disproportionate or unusual contours caused by genetics or weight gain/weight loss

Who is not a candidate for liposuction?

Patients need to undergo a health assessment at our facility in Pasadena, CA before moving forward with liposuction. During this appointment, we need to assess your general well-being, your ability to heal post-surgery, and how liposuction will fit into your current lifestyle. Keep in mind that we may not be able to treat areas with loose or hanging skin. Women should also be finished with childbearing as this may compromise their liposuction results.

How do you perform liposuction?

Liposuction is generally performed in an outpatient facility using general anesthesia. Dr. Ahmed inserts a small tube called a cannula into the treatment area, which loosens the unwanted fat pockets before they are carefully removed. Our body contouring procedure may take several hours based on the number of treatment areas and the amount of fat removal involved.

What if you gain weight after liposuction?

Liposuction removes fat cells from the body. So if you gain weight after liposuction, it won't show in the treatment areas. However, the added fat may collect in the other surrounding areas of the body. This is why it's so important to maintain your weight after surgery. If you have questions about weight gain and liposuction, Dr. Ahmed can review your case and let you know what to expect.

How can I maintain my liposuction results?

After liposuction, it's important to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. We also recommend these helpful at-home habits:

  • Avoid crash diets or drastic changes to your exercise routine

  • Talk with a nutritionist or fitness coach for professional guidance

  • Drink water to keep your body hydrated

  • Avoid stressors that cause bad habits like overeating

  • Get enough sleep each night

Enjoy successful liposuction results

Body contouring with liposuction can give patients smoother contours and a more slender look. If you're interested in learning about liposuction in Pasadena, CA, call Omar Ahmed, M.D., and set up an appointment with Dr. Omar Ahmed. Our goal is to help you achieve your desired appearance by providing the information and resources you need to be successful.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.