For instance, a person may find they don’t like their outer thighs, and even after getting down to a very reasonable weight, that area may still be prominent. This is where liposuction can be of assistance. The second area where laser liposuction can be of assistance is in “kick-starting” a body reshaping regimen that will consist of laser lipo and a change in lifestyle. I find that the psychological boost obtained from reshaping the troublesome area can be translated into motivation to keep up the results with a lifestyle change.
We are all born with a fixed number of fat cells, distributed all over the body in a distribution determined by gender and genetics. Each individual fat cell, or adipocyte, can and does get larger or smaller with weight gain and loss. Laser liposuction will decrease the number of fat cells present in the targeted area. It will not eliminate the ability to gain or lose weight overall and therefore should never be used as a substitute for diet and exercise.
What typically happens is that since the number of fat cells is now much less in the area of concern, the weight that the patient gains with normal fluctuation will go preferentially to other untreated areas with a greater number of fat cells (although some can come back to the treated areas since the fat cells are decreased but not completely eliminated from one area). Therefore, liposuction works well for removing and reshaping stubborn areas of the body, but not as a substitute for proper diet, exercise, and weight maintenance regimen.