When reading about Ultrashape most of the time it says it is "long lasting" rather than permanent. Can the fat come back?

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UltraShape Long Lasting Results

Fat Cells can be destroyed by ultrasound, cooling or heat. The fat cells are permanently destroyed but a patient may not see permanent fat reduction because adjacent fat cells may be stimulated to enlarge by increasing your calories and decreasing your metabolism.Eating a balanced diet and exercising are key elements to long term success. Technology alone whether using UltraShape or some other device including liposuction will fail if you don't exercise and eat right. I send my patients to a licensed dietitian to assess their eating habits 


Ridgewood Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Your New UltraShape Figure Will Stick Around - If You Stick To Your Regimen

Once the fat cells are killed with UltraShape's ultrasonic energy, they will not return. The technology works. However, if you then develop poor eating and exercise habits that lead to a weight gain, the remaining fat cells will hold onto fat, some new fat cells may be stimulated to grow, and you can once again have an area of stubborn, resistant fat. In other words, how long UltraShape or any other fat-elimination technique works is really up to you. Please consult with a board-certified dermatologist to find out if you are a candidate for UltraShape and to learn how to maintain your ideal shape once you obtain it.

When reading about Ultrashape most of the time it says it is "long lasting" rather than permanent. Can the fat come back?

Patients typically average a loss of two to three inches in circumference of the abdomen (or any other area worked on) after a series of three treatments. Once the fat cells are eliminated, long-term results can be maintained (provided patients stick to their healthy diet and exercise regimen). The destroyed fat cells will not come back. If you fail to stick to your health regimen there is of course the chance that you can gain more weight in other areas.

Dennis Gross, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Are UltraShape results permanent?

Thank you for your question. UltraShape uses ultrasound waves to "shake" and break up fat cells. When a fat cell is destroyed, in general it cannot be regenerated. This means the results can be permanent. I warn the UltraShape patients in our practice, though, that feeding the remaining neighboring fat cells fatty foods and sugars may lead to their growth and expansion into the space that the procedure just helped create.  In other words, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen can yield better and longer lasting results. Best of luck to you!

Alix J. Charles, MD
Hinsdale Dermatologic Surgeon
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