Are Liposuction Results Permanent?

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This is a great question that I hear frequently from patients seeking to diminish localized pockets of diet- and exercise-resistant fat on certain regions of the body. The simple answer is this: Yes, the results achieved with liposuction can be permanent, but only if a relatively healthy lifestyle is maintained after the procedure.

When liposuction is performed, excess fat is broken apart and extracted from the treatment area, leaving only a small fraction of the original fatty tissue behind. Since the leftover fat cells in the region will not increase in number, the results produced with liposuction can be long-lasting, provided that the patient stays close to the same weight he or she was prior to the procedure. If significant weight is gained post-surgery, the residual fat cells will become larger in size to store additional fat, consequently affecting the results of treatment. In contrast, if a considerable amount of weight is lost following liposuction, the remaining fat cells will decrease in size.

At my practice, I offer traditional, power-assisted, and ultrasound-assisted liposuction techniques, each of which can provide excellent, long-lasting results for the right candidates. During a consultation, the best liposuction method for your unique needs can be determined, and advice for how to help prolong the effects of treatment well into the future can be provided.

Dr. Jon Kurkjian, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon