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You’re probably aware that liposuction can often be a great option for eliminating pockets of fat on the body that prove to be immune to diet and exercise. But how long do the results last? Are they permanent, or does the fatty tissue eventually return? The answer to these questions is actually quite simple: the body contouring results achieved with liposuction can be permanent, as long as a stable weight and relatively healthy lifestyle is maintained after the procedure.

When liposuction is employed, excess fat is disrupted and removed from the targeted treatment region, leaving behind only a small percentage of the original fatty tissue. Because the residual fat cells in the area will not grow in number, the slimmer contour achieved can be long-lasting on the condition that the individual does not gain and/or lose a significant amount of weight in the future. If considerable weight is gained later on, no new fat cells will be produced; however, the remaining cells in the region may grow in size to accommodate added fat, consequently impacting the outcome of treatment. Conversely, if substantial weight is lost after liposuction, the fat cells in the treatment area may shrink in size.

For these reasons, it is important to be at (or very near) your ideal weight prior to undergoing liposuction. At the time of your consultation, I also suggest that you talk to your plastic surgeon about what you can do to prolong the effects of your treatment, as he or she will be able to provide advice regarding diet and exercise that can help you maintain an optimal outcome long into the future.

Dr. Tiffany McCormack, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon