Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Abergel gets asked these questions all the time:
- If I get liposuction, will fat grow back in that area?
- Can liposuction ever be deemed medically necessary?
- Is liposuction an effective treatment for cellulite?
- How likely am I to keep the weight off?
Liposuction is a surgical tool that has been used for decades by your Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon to permanently remove fat cells. It has, however, evolved to be a safer and more effective treatment, resulting in less blood loss, less discomfort and less risk.
The notion that we are born with all the fat cells we’ll ever have is a falsehood. Our number of fat cells increases through childhood and adolescence and typically reaches a plateau when we enter into adulthood.
Fat cells do die, but in healthy individuals they’re replaced proportionately, causing the numbers of cells to consistently remain the same. Overweight adults can generate as much as 10 times more fat cells than a person of a healthier weight.
Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Abergel warns that liposuction is not a magic wand designed for weight loss in terms of the number on the scale, because fat doesn’t weigh that much. It is also not meant to fix cellulite, which is a condition that exists in the layer that is much more shallow than where liposuction is being performed. In fact, your Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon cautions his patients that liposuction can actually emphasize cellulite.
- Liposuction is also not meant to diminish loose, sagging skin or stretch marks. These problems are better treated by other procedures such as a thigh or body lift.
- A good candidate for liposuction is one who sticks to a healthy diet and exercises regularly, but has stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to lifestyle changes.
- Liposuction is also not a replacement for diet and exercise. One must burn 3,500 calories to lose 1 pound of fat, so liposuction followed by bad food choices will not get you where you want to be. So, keeping the weight off and maintaining the changes that have been created is up to the patient.
Liposuction is rarely deemed to be medically necessary, unless it’s used solely to obtain fat for use in some breast reconstruction procedures. In this case, however, the liposuction is just a means to an end and not meant to be a cosmetic technique.
If you have any additional questions regarding liposuction, call the office of Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Abergel today to schedule a complimentary and confidential consultation.