Dec 22 2009

Does fat "travel" after liposuction surgery? Dr. Roger J. Oldham of Bethesda answers

Dr. Roger J. Oldham, a board-certified plastic surgeon, has been serving men and women of the Washington DC area for 25+ years. Patients seeking body contouring through liposuction can find surgical excellence with Dr. Roger J. Oldham, cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon. Dr. Roger J. Oldham is an attending surgeon at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Maryland, and Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C.

People may wonder, after liposuction surgery, if fat from the affected area simply “travels” to other parts of the body. The truth is that fat never moves around the body any more than any other body tissue can travel. When we are born, we are given a number of fat cells in our body which, with only minor exceptions, never changes throughout our life. As we gain weight, each of the fat cells in our body increase in volume, and they then shrink with weight loss. With liposuction, fat cells are removed in the suctioned area, so that there are fewer fat cells there to enlarge and the process of liposuction also helps hold the remaining fat cells in place. When someone gains weight, the fat in the adjacent areas appear to enlarge more than they do in the suctioned areas, giving the appearance that the fat has traveled. While it isn’t essential, it is preferable to be close to one’s desired weight prior to liposuction. Liposuction should never be considered a weight loss technique.

In his Bethesda, Maryland practice and surgery center, Dr. Oldham sees patients from Maryland, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia. Maryland, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Potomac, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Silver Spring, Northern Virginia, Great Falls, Fairfax, Reston, McLean, Arlington, and Washington DC.

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