Whether you achieve a minor weight loss goal through diet and exercise alone or a major success with the help of bariatric surgery, losing weight takes dedication and hard work. Further, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep the weight off. However, there are some things that no amount of healthy choices will fix, such as slimming away the stubborn fat that clings to certain areas even after you’ve reached your target weight. Should liposuction after weight loss be viewed as the final step in your weight loss journey?
The Limitations of Liposuction
There are two types of fat in the body: subcutaneous fat and visceral fat.
- Visceral fat is the kind that’s usually responsible for making us overweight. It’s the type of fat we can lose through diet, exercise and weight loss surgery.
- Subcutaneous fat lies just under the skin, and is generally unresponsive to changes in diet and exercise.
Liposuction can be a very effective way to treat stubborn subcutaneous fat that remains after a minor to moderate weight loss.* However, liposuction can’t help you lose weight, and won’t improve the appearance of loose skin that remains after weight loss surgery.
It’s important to keep in mind that plastic surgery won’t help you lose weight.
Body Contouring After Weight Loss
After major weight loss, your body may not automatically take on the shape you were hoping for. This is why body contouring after weight loss is an important step for a lot of people in reclaiming their health and body confidence. An experienced plastic surgeon can use post-weight loss body contouring to remove excess skin and fatty deposits that remain after you’ve reached your weight loss goals. Liposuction is often included with other body contouring procedures after weight loss for the most balanced results.*
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.