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Does fat come back after liposuction?

Question posted by Annalise from MTL

I’m thinking of getting liposuction to get rid of the fat around my arm pit area. I can’t get rid of it no matter how much I exercise. Is it true that when you get liposuction the fat cells never grow back? I’m worried that I’ll have the procedure and then the fat will come back eventually if I gain any weight.

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  • Dear Annalise,

    Thank you for your clinical post and a
    common question of all liposuction patients. 
    It is important to note that after liposuction the fat cells that have
    been removed are gone forever and will not under any circumstance return.  However, consumption of excess carbohydrates
    will result in weight deposition.  The
    fat will redeposit it into areas where there are still fat cells.  Some of the fat cells in your liposuction
    zone will grow and ruin some of your contour while the majority of excess
    carbohydrate will be stored as fat in other areas where you traditionally did
    not gain weight.  Thus, many liposuction
    patients who gain weight experience body contour distortions and collections
    that they are not used to and can be quite unhappy with.

    Thus, it is extremely important that
    you have a weight maintenance leading to and following cosmetic surgery
    involving liposuction to protect your investment and your soft tissue shape and

    There are new and high-tech ways to
    form liposuction using radio frequency energy called BodyTite or a laser called
    SmartLipo or even ultrasound called Vaser Lipo, which can be less traumatic
    with improved soft tissue contours compared to traditional liposuction

    I’m sure you’ll get an excellent
    result.  Simply ensure you’ve gotten to
    your ideal body weight or reasonable weight for you to maintain and you should
    get an excellent result.

    I hope this information is of some
    assistance and best of luck.

    To find out more or schedule a
    consultation, please visit:

    R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.

    Certified Plastic Surgeon

    Yorkville, Toronto

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