Plastic Surgery Myth or Fact? Liposuction makes you gain weight other places

This is one of the most common questions asked during consultations. There is the perception that if you get liposuction, it will make you gain weight other places. So, is this true or just another plastic surgery myth?

I am going to have to go with True…but with some clarification.

To understand this, let us understand weight gain. Your body has a set number of fat cells. When you gain weight, the fat cells that you have get larger. You do not increase the number of fat cells. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that improves the appearance of certain areas by removing fat cells. So, there are fewer fat cells in these areas to get bigger with weight gain.

If you gain weight, it will not go to the areas that were liposuctioned…but it has to go somewhere. This means that your weight gain will show in your other areas. For example, if you have liposuction of your abdomen and then gain 10 pounds, it will not go to your belly but may go to your butt, arms, neck, or any other area.

So, liposuction does not make you gain weight in other places but if you do gain weight, it usually does not go to that area and will have to go somewhere. This is closer to Fact than it is to Myth.

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Schulman and learn more about liposuction, contact us or call 212-289-1851