Wide and well-padded hips were once admired as one of the distinguishing characteristics of a beautiful woman. This is reflected quite prominently in the works of various Renaissance artists. Nowadays, the appearance of ‘abundance’ has made way for skinny and fit, with people going to great lengths to achieve this look through diet, exercise and even liposuction from various areas of the body: stomach, thighs, etc.
It is important to note that there is a significant difference between liposuction and losing weight through diet. When dieting, the body uses fat molecules stored in fat cells for energy, but while these cells become smaller they are still there. If such time comes and the person gains weight once again, these cells will fill up with fat, resulting in a chubby appearance in the same area.
In liposuction, unlike dieting, the fat cells themselves are also suctioned out in addition to the fat molecules. Since fat cells do not multiply, once they are removed during liposuction they will not return to the same area, and therefore even if the patient gains weight the fat will not find its way to the surgical site, from which most fat cells have been removed, but rather it will disperse more symmetrically across the body.
Liposuction is not a weight loss treatment for the obese, and it does not prevent weight gain from overeating. However, in case the patient does gain weight, the fat will not build up in problematic areas as it will disperse evenly across different areas of the body.