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Can liposuction cause fat to relocate?

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Dr. James White
Cosmetic Surgery 32 years experience
No : Fat relocation after liposuction is a technique used to move fat from a lipo site to another close site, lipo shifting. Moving fat from one area to another area is fat transfer. Fat that is left behind and does not get a blood supply is broken down. Weight gain after liposuction can cause areas of fat that were not liposuctioned to increase in size--making one think that fat was relocated.
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Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Surgery - Plastics 57 years experience
No: If you gain weight after liposuction , areas of the body that have fat tissue will store it there.
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Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Fat relocation: Liposuction simply removes fat from where we don't want it. So relocations of the fat cells does not happen. Moreover, if you weight is near your ideal weight, and you are not gaining weight, the results are stable.
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Dr. Ralph Rosato
Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
It appears to but: Liposuction is best done on patients that are normal weight with isolated trouble areas. When these stubborn areas are treated then excess fat will go to other areas of your body. So that it appears to relocate. So keep your weight stable after surgery.
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Dr. Jennifer Tighe De Soto
Cosmetic Surgery 16 years experience
No: Adults don't make new fat cells, so cells removed with lipo are permanently gone. That being said, you can't remove all cells from an area and certainly not all cells from your body. If you eat more calories than you burn, your body will store them elsewhere, making it seem that the fat relocated, though it didn't. For more on liposculpting: http://www.omahacosmeticsurgery.com
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