The new body contours will be more or less permanent after a liposuction cosmetic surgery. But if the patient puts on a moderate amount of body weight (under ten pounds), their new appearance will not change dramatically.
They would merely appear as a slightly larger version of their new body shape.
If the patient does not gain a substantial amount of body weight after liposuction, they newly contoured figure will remain unaffected.
Nevertheless, the natural process of aging will bring about expected changes in the body shape. But the enhancements attained with liposuction will still be visible.
Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides liposuction to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding locations.
How Changes in Body Weight Impact the Figure
Liposuction is a procedure meant for fat loss, and should not be misunderstood as a weight loss surgery. The best outcomes with liposuction are seen in patients with moderate body weight, rather than patients who are obese or excessively overweight.
The aesthetic outcome of the liposuction plastic surgery will diminish in proportion to the weight that an individual gains. Ideally, patients should weigh less after liposuction by at least an amount equal to the weight of the fat eliminated.
For instance, a patient with an original body weight of 140 pounds who lost 6 pounds of fat with lipo, should weigh around 134 pounds following the surgery. If the patient puts on six pounds and weighs 140 pounds within a few months following liposuction, the aesthetic results will still be attractive. However, they will be sub-optimal.
In case the patient puts on an extra sixteen pounds to weigh 150 pounds after liposuction, for example, the overall outcomes would be considerably impacted. For candidates who lack the discipline to maintain stable body weight after liposuction, it may not be a suitable procedure.
There may not be a procedure for anyone such as this because they refuse to eat better or exercise enough or at all. Liposuction does not mean someone can never gain weight in the future – the weight will be in different places. But if someone has liposuction and begins a poor diet without enough or any exercise, they will soon be in a situation they probably don’t like.
Fat Accumulation after Post-Lipo Weight Gain
In case the patient puts on a large amount of body weight (at least ten pounds or more) after liposuction surgery, then this will likely cause the production of new fat. This fat will go into different areas of the body (as already somewhat stated). The new fat will typically accumulate in multiple body areas in proportion to the number of fat cells in each site.
Consequently, the areas where fat cells have been eliminated with liposuction will accumulate relatively lesser fat. But sites that were untreated will accumulate more substantial fatty deposits. The surgeon will guide the patient about post-operative care and maintenance to extend the benefits for the long term.
Maintaining Body Weight after Liposuction
The surgeon will provide the patient with guidelines on following a balanced diet and exercise program following liposuction. In the initial one to two weeks, the patient should only undertake gentle walks to enhance blood flow.
Over the next two to three weeks, they can progressively increase their activity and exercise but without putting pressure on the incisions.
After the incisions heal completely in around one month, the patient can perform more aggressive exercises. They should consume a diet that is rich in vegetables, fruit, and fiber while avoiding processed foods and saturated fats as much as possible.
A balanced diet, regular exercise, and an active lifestyle after liposuction will enable the patient to enjoy their new, appealing body contours for a more extended period.
Cosmetic surgeons at Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for liposuction.For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit
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