Is Liposuction Permanent?

Is liposuction permanent? Though you might think you are the first to wonder about the longevity of liposuction results, it is actually a common question. People considering the time and financial commitment of liposuction are wise to question whether the results will be permanent. Dr. Ronald Schuster, a trusted plastic surgeon in Baltimore, explores this question and answer in today’s blog post.

How Liposuction Works

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to remove stubborn body fat that simply does not respond to dieting and exercise. While most liposuction candidates are concerned about fat concentrated in areas like the abdomen, buttocks and thighs, liposuction can address surplus fat virtually anywhere around the body. Skilled liposuction surgeons like Dr. Schuster not only remove the unwanted body fat but also improve the area’s curves and contours for beautifully balanced and proportioned results.

Are the Results Permanent?

Liposuction results are permanent. Once fat cells have been surgically removed from the treated area, they cannot grow back. However, this does not mean that liposuction patients are immune to weight gain and will be thin forever.

Keep in mind, not all fat cells are removed during liposuction. The surgeon must leave a little bit of fat in the treated area to maintain normal body contours (otherwise, the skin would be tethered to muscle). If a patient gains weight after liposuction, the fat cells remaining in the treated area can grow in size and the area can look plump. What is more common is that weight gain causes body fat to “redistribute” to areas not treated with liposuction.

This is why liposuction patients are encouraged to control their weight after surgery by making healthy lifestyle choices that include eating healthfully and exercising regularly. If you have liposuction, but fail to take care of yourself after surgery and put on weight, you compromise your liposuction results. All of the time and money you have devoted to surgery may go to waste.

With the right attitude and commitment, it is not difficult to maintain your weight and liposuction results. Dr. Schuster has seen some of his patients maintain a healthy weight for decades and continue to enjoy their sculpted body contours.

Ask Dr. Schuster about Liposuction 

Dr. Schuster’s patients enjoy exceptionally beautiful and natural-looking results. He and his highly trained staff will work to ensure your overall comfort, safety and well-being during your plastic surgery experience. To learn more about liposuction or to schedule a personal consultation with the doctor, call 410.902.9800 or fill out our online contact form.