Liposuction cannot make a fat person thin. The procedure is not intended to treat obesity. Liposuction is ideal for contour problems and areas which are resistant to weight loss such as the stomach, flanks, neck, hips, thighs and upper arms. The ideal candidate for liposuction is someone who is average or slightly overweight who has problem areas i.e. localized areas not responsive to weight loss.

Liposuction & Weight LossDo you lose or gain weight from a liposuction treatment?

You will not gain weight after liposuction, and you will likely lose a small amount of weight in the 2-5 pound range.

Does liposuction help with stretch marks and cellulite?

Liposuction does not remove stretch marks or loose skin such as occurs after pregnancy. Liposuction will not improve cellulite.

Will the fat cells removed from liposuction grow back?

No. Fat cells do not grow back. Adults do not add or subtract fat cells unless they become massively obese. Hence the number of fat cells a person has is fairly constant after reaching adulthood. The fat cells act like little balloons, in that they can greatly expand when weight is gained, and they deflate as weight is lost.

Once fat cells are removed through liposuction the area from which they have been removed will forever be more resistant to weight gain. This is a great benefit of liposuction. However; a patient can still gain weight from the fat cells that remain and generalized weight gain can occur, but the problems areas that have received liposuction the fat there should no longer be a problem unless the patient gains a very large amount of weight.