Most people understand that liposuction is the removal of fat from the body, but before considering a liposuction procedure, it helps to understand more about fat cells and how they play into your weight gain and weight loss. For my Tampa liposuction patients, knowing about how fat cells work has helped them maintain their figures after undergoing liposuction.
How Fat Cells Work
Essentially, you have a set number of fat cells in your body after puberty and this number remains fairly constant throughout your lifetime. Even though we typically think of gaining “more fat” when we gain weight, the extra fat is not actually more cells, but larger cells. However, in some cases, your body will produce more cells if the amount of new “fat” being created is too great for your current cell count.
When you lose weight, your fat cells shrink but don’t disappear. And unfortunately, those smaller cells can still add to the bulge, preventing a slim look in your abdomen, thighs, chin or other area of concern. But there is good news; liposuction can treat these areas by permanently removing fat cells.
Why Liposuction Works
When your surgeon performs liposuction, he or she uses a device called a cannula to manually break up and suction out these fat cells. Not all of the fat cells are removed; some need to be left behind. Nevertheless, once the majority of the fat cells are removed, you are left with a slimmer look. Because the cells that are left behind retain the ability to expand, a person who has liposuction can still “gain weight” in the treated area – which is why it’s so important to maintain a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise after surgery.