Does Liposuction Last?

I think I need Liposuction but its a ton of $$$ and i fear the fat will just come back a few months later. all that money and pain for nothing. How long does liposcution last and is it worth it?

Doctor Answers 44

Liposuction- does it last?

Liposuction removes fat.

The fat removed is permenantly gone. 

But it doesn't mean you can go hog wild eating Ben and Jerry's.  If you gain more than 5-10 pounds, your body store energy in a new fat cell.  Once you have a fat cell, it is yours to keep. Diet and exercise can shrink the fat cell, but it can't make it disappear.

So before you do liposuction, make sure your weight is STABLE.  I don't care if it is 10 pounds higher than you want, I care that you are not vacillating.  You need to have good habits- exercise and eating- in place.  You should have them in place and stable for months prior to surgery. 

Palo Alto Plastic Surgeon
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Is liposuction permanent

Get fit first. Liposuction changes shape. It is not for weight loss. Keep this in mind:

  • liposuction shape change is permanent. 
  • if you eat to your new shape, fat does not return.
  • if you eat the same, fat returns but to other areas.
  • To change shape - have liposuction
  • To lose weight  - get fit with exercise, exercise, exercise and eating less.
  • Reasonably fit people can have lots of excess fat in the wrong place. They are likely to be happy with liposuction results.

With best wishes for your new shape, however you achieve it!

Poor Life Style Choices Such as Over Eating can Result in Weight Gain Following Liposuction

Liposuction is typically performed to remove fat cells located in problem areas that don’t respond to diet and exercise. When these fat cells are removed with liposuction, they are gone forever. The only exception is when the patients are morbidly obese. Under these circumstances, fat cells can experience re-growth.

Unfortunately, poor life style choices such as over eating can result in weight gain. This can lead to enlargement of the remaining fat cells in areas that have been previously treated with liposuction. This can result in re-accumulation of fat in these problem areas and a recurrence of the original problem.

In most cases of weight gain following liposuction, the previous problem areas are minimally affected. The weight gain is usually more evenly distributed throughout the body and is therefore less problematic. It doesn’t significantly impact body contour and the over all aesthetic result.

Weight gain can have a significant impact on a patient’s result following liposuction. For this reason, it’s extremely important that patients maintain a healthy life style following this procedure. This will prove to be the best way to protect your investment and make it all worthwhile.

Does Liposuction Last?

This question is so common and the answer so logical. Basically, when you remove fat cells, they are permanently gone. But fat cells can enlarge, meaning that you can still get fat. I have known patients that have had several liposuctions, but they continue to gain weight. Such a patient is not a good candidate for liposuction or even longevity for that matter.

Remember, when you gain wieght, it has to go somewhere. If your abdonem has been liposuctioned, there will be a tendency for the fat to go elsewhere since the fat cells have been reduced in your abdomen.  

So fat removal does last, but you still must have discipline to maintain your weight through proper dietary habits, and try to be physically active.

3 myths about liposuction – How long will it last?


1.       Patient: “If I get liposuction of my stomach…all the fat will go to my elbows?”


Dr. S: WRONG!!!!  If the fat cells are physically removed from your abdomen and fat reappears it will evenly distribute to your body.  That being said, most people who have lipo are more inspired to diet and exercise.


2.       Patient: “I think liposuction does not last.  All the fat just came back.”


Dr. S: WRONG!!  Again, if the cells are physically removed new cells cannot be repopulated in this area.


3.       Patient: “I want to have liposuction so I can eat as much as I want after surgery.”


Dr. S: WRONG.  Liposuction suction is for selected pockets of fat.  Even though you are getting liposuction you still need to diet and exercise to maintain. 


Good luck and I hope this was helpful!

Dr. S

Liposuction, does it last?

Liposuction is body contouring surgery, not weight reduction.  As long as you do not gain your weight back, you should have no problems.  The vast majority of patients will tell you that Liposuction is well worth it. Good luck to you.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction Lasts

Liposuction does permanently remove fat cells.  However a patient must ensure that they manage and monitor their weight.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction Does Last But You can Still Gain Weight

Fat cells removed during liposuction are permanently removed. However one fat cell can accumulate fat and grow to 4 times it's size.

This if you do not manage your weight after Liposuction you certainly can gain weight and fat even in the areas that were treated with Liposuction

Liposuction Does Last

The number of fat cells and their location is constant after puberty. With weight gain or loss, these cells increase or decrease in size. During liposuction the fat cells are permanently removed in the area of disproportionate fullness. You can certainly gain weight post operatively if you do not maintain good nutrition and exercise appropriately. Liposuction is a procedure for contouring, not weight loss.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lasting liposuction results

Liposuction is a permanent removal of fat cells from the area which is treated. Liposuction is best performed on the problems areas for your specific body type. In women this may be the abdomen, love handles or inner and outer thigh. These problem areas tend to not respond very well to diet and weight loss, making them good areas to treat with liposuction. Maintaining stable body weight is key. As long as you keep your weight within 20 lbs of your weight at the time of liposuction, you'll get lasting results. If you gain a lot of weight, the fat will come back; liposuction never removers 100 percent of fat cells and should certainly not be treated as a method of weight loss.

Deason Dunagan, MD
Huntsville Plastic Surgeon
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