Debunking the Myth about Weight Gain after Liposuction

Although it is not designed for significant weight loss, liposuction can produce remarkable cosmetic improvements in qualified patients. It accomplishes this by reducing the total number of fat cells in the patient’s problem areas. More than 200,000 Americans had liposuction in 2014. In the past most of those patients were likely to worry that if they gained small amounts of weight after their procedure, the fat would be overcompensated in the areas of their body that were not treated. Thanks to new research from The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), that worry has been quieted. We are here for one thing: debunking the myth about weight gain after liposuction.

The Myth

Doctors have known for quite some time that removing fat cells from areas of the body makes it harder to regain fat in those treated areas. They haven’t been as confident (or as vocal) when it comes to regaining fat in other areas of the body that were not treated. If, for example, a person had fat removed from their abdomen and then experienced weight gain after liposuction, would fat simply find another favorite hangout? Fortunately, this common canard doesn’t appear to hold water.

The Facts

Although liposuction does not affect your ability to gain or lose weight, there’s compelling evidence that re-growing fat cells after surgery is an old wives’ tale. According to research from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), new fat does not return or get redistributed in the body after surgery. These conclusions were reached after hundreds of liposuction patients were evaluated for at least three months after their procedures. Doctors found absolutely no evidence that fat cells re-grew or returned to the arms, abdomen, thighs, or other treated areas. They also observed that untreated areas remained unchanged, even when small amounts of weight gain after liposuction was reported. These findings suggest that fat was not redistributed to other areas. As such, patients need not worry about gaining fat disproportionately after surgery. They can feel reasonably assured that any cosmetic improvements they experience can last and that fat will not migrate to other areas.

Questions about liposuction surgery? Please contact us at your convenience.

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Meet Dr. William Franckle Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

We know that you have many options when choosing a plastic surgeon. Dr. Franckle and his staff are dedicated to providing you with a caring and professional surgical experience. Time and time again our patients credit Dr. Franckle’s expertise and the kindness of our staff as the reason for choosing our practice. Dr. Franckle is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify surgeons in the practice of plastic surgery. Attention to detail, meticulous skill, and an artistic eye make Dr. Franckle an expert in such procedures as rhinoplasty (nose job), breast augmentation (breast implants), abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), facelift, and non-surgical treatments (Botox and injectable fillers).

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What to Expect With Liposuction >>⁠

Liposuction will be performed on an outpatient basis, using either general or local anesthesia, so you will need someone to bring you home. Depending on the type of liposuction, Dr. Franckle will use a sterile solution, sound waves, laser, or another method to break down fat cells within the targeted area. He will then remove the broken-down fat cells through a thin tube, called a cannula, which will be inserted into the area through a small incision.⁠

Dr. Franckle provides patients with specific instructions for recovery based on their situation. Most patients experience bruising, swelling, and soreness for a few weeks after liposuction. You may need to take antibiotics to prevent infection and wear a compression garment to control swelling. In most cases, you will be able to return to work within a few days and normal activities within a few weeks. While liposuction should permanently remove these fat cells, you’ll need to maintain a stable weight to prevent the formation of new fat cells.⁠



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Tummy tuck or Body Contouring or Both? >>⁠

Many patients choose to undergo abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) in conjunction with other body contouring procedures to help reduce the downtime associated with recovery. One popular option is liposuction to help remove stubborn fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise alone.⁠

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- Body Jet Liposuction⁠

- Butt Enhancement⁠

- Mommy Makeover⁠

- Labiaplasty⁠

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What Happens During a Rhinoplasty Consultation?⁠

The first step in the consultation is to review your medical history. During the medical review, it is important that you share any history of breathing issues or allergies, which could impact the nasal passage and results of the surgery.⁠

Dr. Franckle will also use Vectra 3D Imaging during the consultation, which allows patients to view a preview of the results before they commit to rhinoplasty.... how great is that!?⁠

Once Dr. Franckle understands your unique aesthetic goals, he can decide the best type of surgical procedure to meet those goals. #hereforyou⁠

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What is a Mommy Makeover? ⁠

The three commonly paired procedures for a mommy makeover include: Breasts, Tummy Tuck, and Liposuction⁠

Each pregnancy is 100% unique, as is each mother’s body. As such, each procedure plan designed by Dr. Franckle is entirely different from one patient to the next.⁠

Additional Mommy Makeover procedures are listed on our website >> https://wfrancklemd.com/body/mommy-makeover/⁠


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Who is an Ideal Candidate for Breast Augmentation?⁠

- Flat chest or lack of volume⁠

- Asymmetry between breasts with one noticeably smaller than the other⁠

- Sagging or flat breasts due to weight loss, aging, or pregnancy⁠

- Tubular breasts resulting in uneven, constricted, or deformed breast shape⁠

If you have fully developed breasts and are unhappy with their size or shape, you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation. Candidates should also be non-smoking adults in good physical health and should not be pregnant or currently be breastfeeding.⁠

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As a pregnant women, there are likely so many thoughts running through your mind before delivery. Will the baby be healthy? Will I be okay? And then there’s the eventual joy of the birth and the bonding that comes with the first breastfeed. ⁠

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