If Liposuction removes fat cells , does it help you lose weight ?

Can liposuction help you burn fat faster being that you are removing fat cells during liposuction ? That is if you're extremely active ( working out 4/5 times a week )

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Does Liposuction Help You Lose Weight?

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, it is a body contouring procedure. It is true that fat cells are removed during the procedure and if enough of them are removed then some modest weight reduction may be realized, but it is always less than you might imagine.
Liposuction does not cause a long change in body metabolism so it will not lead to faster "fat burning". There is no free lunch. After having liposuction you will still need to eat healthy and exercise to maintain or lose weight.

If Liposuction removes fat cells, does it help you lose weight?

Unfortunately, liposuction will not help someone lose a significant amount of weight. Even though it removes fat cells, whether you gain weight are not depends on how many calories are burned per day. You must burn more calories in the day then you consume in your diet.Liposuction is an excellent procedure for contouring stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. 

Liposuction isn’t a weight loss method.

Liposuction is a body contouring tool that can eliminate stubborn pockets of fat almost anywhere on the body. However, liposuction won’t speed up your metabolism or help your body to burn fat more quickly. Ideal liposuction candidates are close to or at their target weight and can maintain this stable weight with diet and exercise. Working out 4 to 5 times a week is a good way to help manage your weight provided you burn more calories than you take in.

Liposuction Can Help Maintain Your Ideal Body Shape

Liposuction is not a weight-loss technique. It is designed to sculpt the body, removing fairly large pockets of fat that do not otherwise respond to diet and exercise. During the procedure, your dermatologist will permanently remove fat and its corresponding cells from your body. Those fat cells will not return. However, if you consume too many calories, the remaining fat cells will expand and you could experience a re-gain of fat in the non-treated areas, particularly the breasts and buttock. If you work out four to five times a week, plus maintain a healthy diet with appropriate calories for your activity level, you should be able to easily maintain the benefits of your liposculpture. Having achieved your ideal body may inspire you to be even more scrupulous about your health and keep up with your exercise routine, but it will not cause you to burn more calories. See a board-certified dermatologist to find out how liposuction can help you achieve the body shape you desire.

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Liposuction is NOT an alternativefor weight loss

Hello and thank you for posting your question!!Indeed, liposuction does remove fat cells permanently, but it is not an alternative to weight loss. Very rarely, even in fairly large volume liposuction cases, do we appreciate a change in actual weight of our patients. The remaining adipocytes (fat cells) are very efficient in taking up the excess energy in need of storage. While liposuction can certainly subtract from areas that are stubborn, it very rarely translates to the scale.

Rachel Streu, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction Candidate and Weight Loss

Liposuction is more about contouring and shaping and is not truly a weight loss procedure.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Does Liposuction Help You Lose Weight?

Thank you for your question. Liposuction itself is not designed to be a weight-loss procedure. Fat actually weighs much less than other body tissues, and most patients will not see a measurable weight change. It is best used as a shaping procedure to remove localized areas of fat excess that are particularly resistant to change with standard diet and work-out regimens.  In women, common areas that are weight loss resistant include the inner/outer thighs, hips, and inner knees. By actually removing fat cells in these and other areas, liposuction makes these sites much less prone to weight gain in the future.

Michael F. Bohley, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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