Can liposuction kill someone?

Forever slim: does fat come back after liposuction?

This is arguably the most common question patients ask before aLiposuction represents. It is often said that fat cells that have been sucked out are gone forever. But is this really true? This question cannot be answered with a clear yes or no.

The genetic predisposition determines the body weight

Almost all people will find zones on their body that cannot be attempted to diet or exercise. At which points and in what amount the body accumulates depot fatgenetically determined and trying to get below the programmed ideal weight can prove to be a difficult endeavor. The tendency of some people to store fat faster has in the meantime even been scientifically confirmed. The body's fat enables a person to survive without food for up to 40 days. What used to be the difference between life and death is hardly an issue today in our part of the world. On the other hand, too much fixation on the body often leads to dependency problems such as anorexia or sports addiction and can lead to a completely distorted self-perception.

Liposuction offers the opportunity to work on problem areas in a targeted manner and, despite genetic makeup, to shape the appearance of the body according to your own ideas.

What happens to excess calories after liposuction?

To answer the question of whether the fat can even return after liposuction, it is worth taking a look at the biochemical processes in the body. Fat is stored in the form of lipids in fat cells. If more energy is absorbed than the body needs, it is usually stored in the existing fat cells. The principle ofLiposuction consists in the removal of fat cells from a defined area of ​​the body using cannulas. These fat cells have disappeared after the treatment and are no longer able to fill themselves with fat. However, never all existing fat cells are removed, and certainly not from the entire body. With a slight weight gain, the excess fat is stored in the remaining fat cells. The good news is that, given the reduced number of fat cells, the areas of the body treated are less affected by fat storage. So if the weight gain is not serious, the results of the liposuction will still be visible.


The situation is different, however, if the weight gain is more than 10% of the body weight. The human body has so-called pluripotent stem cells. These are cells that are able to transform themselves into all forms of body cells - thus also into fat cells. If the calorie intake exceeds a certain level, massive weight gain cannot be ruled out even after liposuction. In quantitative terms, this also affects the suctioned areas less, but the myth that once removed fat cells can no longer appear in these areas is not tenable.

Liposuction is no guarantee of lasting success

In summary, it can be said in the end that liposuction alone does not guarantee a stable dream figure. If the new body weight is to be permanent, the lifestyle must inevitably be adjusted accordingly. People who have already established a healthy lifestyle before the procedure and are able to maintain their weight at a constant level without any problems are more likely to benefit from their liposuction in the long term. But even if healthy nutrition and sport have not been an issue so far, the new body feeling after liposuction can be an incentive to want to maintain the weight permanently.

Healthy eating and exercise remain important

Heavily fluctuating body weight is unhealthy. For this reason alone, it is worthwhile to have a balanced and healthy diet and lifestyle. Less processed foods such as ready-made products and more self-prepared meals with an increased fiber content (vegetables) can help to adjust the calorie intake to the daily consumption and contribute to a faster feeling of satiety. Sport is less suitable for this. People like to overestimate the calorie consumption that results from physical activity. Nevertheless, exercise is extremely useful for stabilizing weight, because muscles are the greatest engine of fat burning. Regular exercise and the associated build-up of muscle mass increase the basal metabolic rate, i.e. the calorie consumption of the body per day with complete rest. In this way it becomes possible to keep your weight constant for a lifetime.