Does Liposuction Permanently Remove Fat?

One of the most significant benefits of liposuction is that it permanently eliminates pockets of stubborn fat. The popular body contouring procedure is usually performed on the thighs, belly, hips, arms, and back to improve their shape. When fat cells are removed from these and other areas, they are gone for good.

Our Richmond patients enjoy long-lasting results following liposuction if they maintain their post-procedure weight. Keep reading to learn how weight gain can impact your cosmetic outcome — and what you can do to maintain your figure.

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Weight Gain After Liposuction

You will enjoy the best results if you stay at or below your post-liposuction weight. If you gain a small amount of weight after your procedure, fat cells throughout your body will expand slightly.

This weight gain tends to happen inside and outside of the treatment area and can diminish your results. Your overall improved body shape, however, will still be visible.

With considerable weight gain, it is actually possible for new fat cells to form. These fat cells appear in all areas of the body. If this happens, you may still look better than if you did not have liposuction. Fat tends to accumulate less in treated areas than in untreated ones.

Simple Maintenance Tips

Staying at or near your ideal weight is the best way to protect the results of your liposuction procedure. Adopting these healthy habits can help:

  • Eat a healthy diet and watch your caloric intake
  • Exercise regularly
  • Stay hydrated

The good news is that most patients feel highly motivated to stick with these habits after liposuction. It is rewarding and encouraging to see results that have been out of reach for so long.

Schedule Your Liposuction Consultation Today

If you live in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Williamsburg, or another area of Virginia and want to learn if liposuction is right for you, call (804)464-7615 to schedule a confidential consultation. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Zinsser is committed to achieving your body goals. Contact Zinsser Plastic Surgery today to get started!