Many may think liposuction is a permanent fix for weight gain; however, it can have the opposite effect.
Your body has a set number of fat cells. When you gain weight, the fat cells you already have get larger – up to six times their size. Liposuction is a body-contouring procedure that improves the appearance of certain areas by removing fat cells through an instrument called a cannula. The surgery results in fewer fat cells in the treated area. However, if you don’t keep up with regular diet and exercise, you risk gaining weight in untreated areas.
“I’ve performed thousands of [liposuction surgeries] since the 1980s,” plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says. “It’s a great operation, but it’s not an operation meant for weight loss. It’s an operation to lose inches and figure faults that are resistant to diet and exercise.”