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Does fat often appear after liposuction, but in different areas?

Question posted by Leanne from Calgary, Alberta

I have previously had lipsuction and now I have a layer of fat which is right above where I had my previous surgery.  Is this common and can I have this removed?

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  • Dear Leanne,

    Thank you for your clinical post and a
    frequently asked question.  Following
    successful cosmetic liposuction the fat in an area of convex distension or
    collection is removed.  Once this fat is
    removed it can never be returned.  The
    amount of fat remaining in these areas is therefore minimal and the body’s
    ability to store unwanted and excess of carbohydrates is therefore minimized in
    the liposuction areas.  Thus, weight gain
    following liposuction generally results in a modest derangement of the
    improvement achieved in the liposuction areas, but often significant
    carbohydrate gain and soft tissue distortion in areas where fat normally did
    not used to accumulate.  Thus, it is
    important to have a very strong commitment to weight management after
    liposuction or you’ll find that you’ll gain excess fat in areas where you
    didn’t normally accumulate.

    Best of luck.

    To schedule a consultation or find
    out more simply visit

    R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.

    Certified Plastic Surgeon

    Yorkville, Toronto

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