Where Does the Fat Go After Liposuction?

Liposuction is an effective way to get rid of stubborn fat, but what happens to the fat after it’s been removed? Where does it go? This article explores that question, as well as explains how liposuction works.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to remove unwanted fat from specific areas of the body. It can be performed using several different techniques, including laser liposuction and ultrasound-assisted liposuction. Your doctor will work with you to determine which technique is best for your individual goals.

How it Works

The science of liposuction is simple. The doctor makes a small incision in the skin and inserts a thin tube attached to a vacuum pump, which sucks out the fat cells. The cells are collected in a canister, which is then emptied.
Liposuction works by removing fat cells from the body with a small tube called a cannula. The cannula is inserted into the fatty tissue, and suction removes the fat cells. The cells are then removed through a small incision or by inserting the cannula into another opening.
The surgeon will also make an incision in one area to insert a drain tube. This tube helps to remove excess fluid from the area after surgery, which can help minimize swelling.
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia, and many patients can go home later that same day. Recovery time varies depending on the extent of the surgery.

Where Does the Fat Go After Liposuction?

Once fat cells removed through liposuction, they have left your body and will not grow back in the treated area unless a large amount of weight is gained. However, if you are having fat transferred to another area of the body, they will be either be reabsorbed, or simply stay in the area they were moved to.
The fat can be transferred to other body parts such as the breast or buttock. Some people choose to have their fat cells transferred to other body areas for enhancement. The fat cells transferred in this way will not be metabolized or used by the body, so they are essentially harmless.

How to Maintain Results.

1. Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
2. Be aware of the areas you still want to target with liposuction. For example, if you had your love handles removed, be sure to avoid gaining weight around that area in the future.
3. Stay out of direct sunlight or wear sunscreen outdoors after treatment for best results.
4. Be aware that, though rare, the liposuctioned areas can be prone to keloid scarring if you are susceptible to them. This is more likely when removing larger amounts of fat at once due to trauma or injury during surgery. However, scars will subside over time. Apply sunscreen to the scarred area when in direct sunlight for best results.

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In conclusion, liposuction is an effective way to remove stubborn fat and contour the body. If you have any questions regarding this procedure or would like to schedule a consultation appointment, please contact Falcon Plastic Surgery today!

Who are we?

Falcon Plastic Surgery, located in Monroeville and Natrona Heights, PA, provides facial, breast, and body contouring through plastic surgery and med spa treatments. Dr. Christopher Falcon, owner of Falcon Plastic Surgery, purchased the practice from his father in 2017. Dr. Falcon has been a practicing surgeon for 15 years.

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