This is a great question asked by many prospective liposuction patients. After all, people making the commitment to undergo a surgical procedure want to know if the longevity (and quality) of the results are going to be worthwhile. To cut right to the chase – yes, the body contouring results attained with liposuction can be permanent, but only if the individual continues to lead a relatively healthy lifestyle that includes a well-balanced diet and regular exercise following their treatment.
During liposuction, excess localized fat in the targeted region is broken apart and extracted from the body, leaving behind just a small percentage of the fat cells originally present. Since these leftover cells will not grow in number, the contour achieved with liposuction can last well into the future so long as a stable weight as maintained. In the event significant weight is added sometime after treatment, however, the residual fat cells in the targeted area may increase in size to store additional fat, therefore affecting the overall appearance of the region. Contrarily, if considerable weight is lost after surgery, the remaining fat cells will diminish in size.
For these reasons, prospective liposuction patients should typically be at (or very near) their desired weight prior to their procedure in order to be considered a good candidate. Once an ideal outcome has been achieved, eating a nutritious diet and getting regular exercise can help to prevent drastic changes in weight, ultimately extending the desired effects of surgery.