Several sources (1, 2) suggest that charging Li-ion batteries in low-temperature conditions result in lithium plating. This seems pretty logical since low temperature reduces ion mobility, and provided there exists a high enough charge current, lithium ions don't have time to intercalate into carbon layers of the anode and are deposited on top.
What I fail to understand is why this process is irreversible (Wikipedia is careful to say "may not be removable"). This is counterintuitive to me. Since the plated lithium ions don't have to overcome any van der Waals forces, they should be the first to go when the battery is supplying current. So as long as the metallic lithium does not grow dendrites, thereby damaging the internal structure of the cell, a little plating should be mostly harmless.
Does my reasoning make sense? And if not, what did I get wrong?