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Is Liposuction Permanent?

Body ImageThis is an excellent question that is commonly asked by patients considering this popular fat reduction procedure. The simple answer is “yes” – but only if you maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet following surgery. During the liposuction procedure, fat cells are disrupted and removed from the targeted treatment area, leaving behind only a fraction of the original amount of fatty tissue. The remaining fat cells in the region will not reproduce, so the results achieved can be permanent as long as your weight remains relatively the same. If you gain weight, however, the leftover fat cells will increase in size in order to store additional fat. In contrast, should you lose weight after the procedure, the remaining cells will diminish in size.

At our practice, Dr. Lorri Cobbins and Dr. Brian Braithwaite offer traditional suction-assisted liposuction (SAL), power-assisted liposuction (PAL), and ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) – each of which can provide distinct advantages for qualified patients. If you are interested in liposuction, our plastic surgeons can help you determine which technique may be most effective for your unique goals, and they will provide suggestions and advice for how to maintain your results well into the future.

To learn more about liposuction, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Braithwaite or Dr. Cobbins, please contact our office today.