What'd happen if I lose weight after liposuction? Will I be flabby in the treated areas?
Losing Weight After Liposuction
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Loss of Weight AFTER Liposuction
Liposuction should IDEALLY be done for spot contouring NOT to reduce and remove large amounts of fat / weight. It should be done in people near their ideal weight - although this is not always possible. Skin sagging MAY be seen after liposuction only in very large weight losses - not by losing few pounds.
Weight Loss After Liposuction
Weight loss after liposuction
1) Are you goals for the surgery achievable with liposuction? E.g. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, even though you will lose a few pounds. It is more to contour areas of the body.
2) Is your weight stable? i.e. does it fluctuate upwards or downwards more than 10lbs? Weight gain after liposuction will diminish your body contouring results as the remaining fat cells enlarge to store more energy. In addition, you may that other parts of the body that were not liposuctioned may enlarge disproportionately compared to pre-liposuction weight gain. If your weight is stable, your results will also be stable.
Conversely, if you lose a lot of weight after liposuction, you may find the skin laxity appears to have worsened. In addition, some contour irregularities that were previously masked with your previous weight starts to shadow through with weight loss.
3) There are increase risks with liposuction if your BMI is greater than 30.
I would recommend that you visit with a board certified plastic surgeon who can work with you to discuss your goals and discuss whether liposuction is the right procedure for you. In our practice, we offer a pre-surgical and post-surgical weight management program to balance our patient's weight and body contouring goals.
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Weight loss after liposuction
Many liposuction patients can benefit from a little weight loss after the procedure
Many liposuction patients can benefit from a little weight loss after the procedure. Although liposuction is not for overweight people, many liposuction candidates are a little over their ideal weight. I have observed, after 25 yeras of doing liposuction, that weight loss over the first few months after lipo improves the results in most people. See link below
Loss of weight after liposuction
The ideal candidate for liposuction is one that doesn't need to lose weight, but needs to lose volume in a stubborn area, often genetically based. If someone is overweight, and then has liposuction and then loses weight, the skin may retract well if it has good elasticity, but depending on age and amount stretched out, over time, it could sag too much.
Weight loss is still possible after liposuction
Liposuction is a very effective procedure for removing and controlling localized fat deposits, especially those that resist weight loss. Proper contouring is the goal, preferable at your 'goal' weight. Therefore, we encourage all to reach an ideal weight, that weight where they are comfortable and plan to stay, before a liposuction procedure. As far as further weight loss goes, I would not discourage you, and if your were a good liposuction candidate with good skin tone and elasticity, you should not suffer any skin sagging. It is unlikely that losing weight would ruin your liposuction results.
Best of luck,
Try to lose before
Although it is easy to say and harder to do, I recommend trying to lose weight before undergoing liposuction. You will end up with a better result. If you lose weight after, all you will do is enhance your result, so don't worry and go ahead with your surgery.
Losing weight after liposuction
It is best to be at a stable weight before undergoing any surgery.
Liposuction removes fat from under the skin. So if more weight is lost, the balance is more in favor of sagging skin. An experienced board certified plastic surgeon can guide you through that decision making tree.
I usually advise patients to be as healthy as possible, and not maintain extra weight on their bodies (stressing their heart, pancreas, etc) just to avoid looseness of the skin.
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