Years ago I had body Liposculpture & gained fat in other parts of the body that were not treated. Can exercise get ride of it?

Can cardio exercise and WEIGHT LIFTING get rid or tone these new fat parts of the body?

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Years ago I had body Liposculpture & gained fat in other parts of the body that were not treated. Can exercise get ride of it?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. This is the surgical procedure that revolutionized cosmetic surgery becoming one of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Subcutaneous tissue or fat is removed in order to contour the body in a way that is harmonious and pleasing to the senses. It can be performed in almost all regions of the body such as the neck, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms and ankles. Usually done through a small incision in the skin through which a cannula connected to a vacuum is applied, it can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After liposuction your body is going to be really swollen for at least 2 to 4 months after your surgery. It is important for you to wear your compression garment for at least 6 months, the first 3 months 24/7 and then the last 3 months at least 12 hours per day for your body get use to not having the faja for so many time. When you remove it, your body can get swollen and also you can have pain. Remember to also compress your body to prevent a seroma which is an accumulation of liquid that has to be drained, it is hard to touch and also really painful. Bruises are completely normal for almost 3 months from surgery, that’s why is better for you to use a bruising cream and apply it all over your body 3 times a day. To prevent bad circulation and swollen legs, use compression socks. Brazilian butt lift can be performed with the same procedure and for a month it will be swollen and it will drop a little bit without losing it’s shape if you use your garment.. If you’re going to perform liposuction on your inner, outer, anterior, lateral, postetior thighs, be careful and consult with your surgeon what’s best for you, sometimes we have more extra skin than fat, that can cause severe sagginess on our legs, which can be only be reversed performing a thigh lift…

Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction creates a permanent change in fat distribution

It is not possible to lose fat in one particular area by exercising that area. It is, however, possible to permanently remove fat or add fat with fat transfer.

People do not gain fat from having had prior liposuction. Patients do gain or lose fat from overall weight gain or weight loss.

I suggest going on a long-term, healthy weight loss regimen.

Here are a few suggestions to help keep your weight off:

Avoid going hungry.

Eat small meals.

Realize weight has more to do with the diet than with exercise.

Best of luck,

Mats Hagstrom, M.D.

Mats Hagstrom, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Cardio to reduce fat

Exercise and diet will help reduce the areas of fat over your whole body.  If you have areas which are resistant to diet and exercise, you might benefit from liposuction there.

Gary Lawton, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Exercise and dieting have reduce the fat accumulated in other areas.  Those areas never treated with liposuction still have your original number of fat cells. You can shrink fat cells with decreasing calorie intake and increasing calorie use, or with liposuction to remove a certain population of fat cells. I would suggest meeting with a board certified plastic surgeon and discuss your concerns.

Connie Hiers, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Gaining weight after liposuction

If someone gains weight after having had liposuction previously, they tend to gain more weight in the areas that were not treated. There are relatively fewer fat cells in areas that were suctioned whereas all of the fat cells are present in areas not treated. Diet and excercise can certainly help reduce the amount of fat in all areas of the body.

Paul Wigoda, MD
Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon
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Exercise vs. Liposuction

Without a proper consult, it's hard to say.  Diet, exercise and weight training can definitely help a patient tone up and trim down to a certain extent, however, some patients do share the experience of natural weight gain in areas that prove very stubborn and almost impossible to shed with these traditional weight loss methods.  For these patients, liposuction is a fantastic option.  Liposuction affords board certified plastic surgeons the ability to successfully target these "problem areas" to permanently remove those fat cells that are either resistant to or merely shrunk with regular diet and exercise.  For patients opposed to surgical procedures, Cool Sculpting, a non-surgical, FDA approved, in-office procedure may be another potential option.  You should consult with a trusted board certified plastic surgeon for proper evaluation to best determine what you could expect to achieve with exercise alone. 

Stephen T. Greenberg, MD
Woodbury Plastic Surgeon
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Body reshaping

Sure diet and exercise can help these areas.  If they are stubborn and won't go away you may want to try Cool Sculpting.  It is FDA approved for treatment of stubborn areas of fat like the abdomen, love handle, back, lateral thigh... and the best part is there are no incision, needle sticks, no down time, and afterwards tylenol or ibuprofen is adequate to take for the discomfort.

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