For patients who have maintained a healthy lifestyle, but are consistently unable to get rid of certain pockets of fat, liposuction is often a good way to help attain their desired silhouette. However, a common concern I hear from patients who are considering this body contouring procedure is, “Are results permanent?” Simply put, yes. The fat cells that are removed during a liposuction treatment are effectively destroyed, and will be unable to reproduce. However, this does not mean you will be unable to gain weight again.
After your procedure, any remaining fat cells in your body can potentially increase in size to store additional fat if your weight does not remain stable. Because of this, I remind patients that continuing their regular routine of diet and exercise is a crucial part of maintaining the results of their procedure. If you are curious to know how liposuction can help you permanently eliminate excess fat, I recommend scheduling a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced with liposuction. In a consultation with me, I can help you to better understand the limitations of liposuction and set realistic expectations.
— Thomas B. Lintner, MD, FACS