Is Liposuction Permanent?
There are many misconceptions about liposuction, and one of the most common is that fat cells multiply as you gain weight. The truth is that fat cells grow larger; they don’t increase in number. This has a direct effect on how liposuction works and the duration of the effects. At the Advanced Centre for Plastic Surgery, we know you want to make sure the benefits of your procedure are long-lasting, and we strive to provide abundant information to help you make the right decision for your needs, goals, and lifestyle.
So, is liposuction permanent? Yes and no. There’s no simple answer for this one. Your response to liposuction, your habits following the procedure, and other factors unique to you will ultimately determine your outcome. However, we can help shed some light on how various influences can affect your results.
Fat cells removed via liposuction are permanently gone. As we mentioned above, fat cells don’t multiply; they get larger. So when a fat cell is removed, which occurs during the procedure, the remaining ones cannot replicate. However—and this is important—this can lead to both benefits and drawbacks.
If you gain weight, fat cells may expand into the treated area. Your results following the procedure will be permanent if your weight remains the same. However, many people experience some fluctuation, which means the fat cells near the ones removed could expand. As a result, you may see a volume increase in the treated area that could potentially neutralize the contouring effects of the procedure.
If you gain weight, fat cells may not expand into the treated area. Sounds great, right? Well, the untreated areas of your body will still be subject to your weight changes. For instance, you may gain weight above, below, or around the area where your liposuction was performed. As a result, your body contour may not be as smooth or as shapely as you desire. Our experienced plastic surgeon can explain to you how this works and offer suggestions to combat and correct this concern during your initial consultation.
With all that in mind, it’s important to remember that liposuction has helped many individuals effectively address stubborn pockets of excess fat that has accumulated in a range of body areas. It has remained one of the most popular cosmetic enhancement treatments in the US for many years and, in the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. James Matas, can enhance the contours of your body with beautiful results.
For more information about liposuction and its effects, or if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please contact us today.