Will The Results from Liposuction Be Permanent?

Liposuction is a treatment that can reduce stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to exercise and diet such as the stomach, thighs, upper arms, and below the chin to sculpt a more proportional body shape. Although it is not a weight loss procedure, it can take inches off from certain areas for a more balanced body shape and help clothes fit better to make you feel more confident. One of the most frequently asked questions about this form of cosmetic surgery is, “Can the fat return after liposuction?“. Our Vancouver area office often sees patients who are concerned about the longevity of the procedure.

The truth is that while the results of liposuction are indeed permanent, it’s still possible to gain weight in the future if you have unhealthy habits and remaining fat cells on the body become enlarged as they store excess calories. During liposuction, some of the fat cells are literally suctioned out and surgically removed from certain isolated areas. The fat cells that are removed can’t grow back.

However, if the patient allows fat to return, they can indeed gain weight after having this procedure in other areas. If they gain a significant amount of weight, their results from liposuction will look much less impressive. The overall enhanced silhouette that they attained through liposuction will still be visible regardless of how much weight they gain in most cases as less fat will be gained in the treated areas compared to the untreated ones, so the patient will still have a more proportional, balanced body shape than they would if they didn’t get liposuction in the first place.

Liposuction does remove fat cells but the remaining fat cells on the treatment area will still be able to store fat and grow in size. Commitment to taking good care of yourself and making healthy choices can help you maintain the slimmer appearance. You should maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and drink plenty of water to preserve the outcome from liposuction.

For more details about liposuction, contact our Vancouver area office of Dr. Owen Reid so that we can explain more about what this treatment involves. Call us today at 604-343-9309 or submit a contact form to request a consultation and learn more about cosmetic procedures.