Fat Removed via Plastic Surgery Does Not Return
New Liposuction Study proves that removed fat is gone
Dr. Eric Swanson, a Member Surgeon of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), evaluated 301 patients undergoing liposuction alone, and liposuction in combination with abdominoplasty. Dr. Swanson employed pre and post surgical photographs in conjunction with computer-aided measurements. Patient body dimensions were measured, before and at least three months after surgery.
The study concluded that no fat regrowth was observed in treated areas of the arms, abdomen or lower body. All other upper body dimensions remained unchanged after surgery, as well. Fat cells were not redistributed, nor had they migrated.
“Previous studies have evaluated small numbers of patients and used imprecise measuring techniques, limiting their power to reliably detect changes,” Dr. Swanson said in an interview. “Our study included a sufficient number of patients and used precise measurements, making the conclusions highly reliable. Patients can be reassured that their improvements will last and they need not worry about putting weight back on disproportionately.”
No indicators that fat cells will regenerate
While a poor diet can of course create new fat cells, Dr. Swanson’s study also discovered that even a year or more after liposuction and combination liposuction / abdominoplasty procedures, the average reductions in hip measurements remained significant. Even a group of 34 patients who had gained five pounds or more up to a year after their surgeries, still maintained significant reductions. This indicates that long term expectations are high.
“Of course, liposuction does not change your ability to gain or lose weight.” Dr. Swanson continued. “Its value is in permanently reducing the number of fat cells in problem areas. For any given weight you will be in the future, your proportions will be better after liposuction, barring extremes in weight gain.”
A Plastic Surgery which keeps its promise
Liposuction promises to remove excess fat from those stubborn areas, which exercise and dieting alone cannot seem to remove. It has ranked among the top five most popular cosmetic surgical procedures since 1992, and might be the most commonly performed plastic surgery in America.