Fat cells that are removed by liposuction do not grow back. After liposuction the new body's shape is more or less permanent . If the patient does not gain excessive amounts of weight, then the new more pleasing silhouette is permanent. Of course after liposuction the clock keeps ticking, and advancing age will produce the usual changes in the shape of the body associated with the aging process. Nevertheless, the benefits of liposuction will always be apparent.
Patients should expect weight loss proportionate to amount of fat sucked out. However, because fat is removed from cosmetically important areas, liposuction should produce significant improvements in aesthetic appearance and girth of the treated area. Although liposuction should not be regarded as a method for weight loss, in appropriate patients it can produce significant cosmetic contour improvements.
If I gain weight, does fat come back in the treated areas?
Fat usually does not come back in treated areas provided the patient does not gain a significant amount of weight after the surgery.
If a woman has liposuction and subsequently becomes pregnant, gains weight, gives birth and finally loses the excess weight of pregnancy, then her original liposuction improvements will return, just as if she had never been pregnant.
The maximum amount of fat that can be removed safely is probably about 5 to 8 percent of your body weight in one sitting. The greater the volume of fat removed on a single day the greater the risk of serious complications. If a patient requires more than 5 to 8 percent of fat removal, it is safe to divide the liposuction into separate surgical procedures each separated by 3 to 4 weeks.
How long will it be until I see results?
For the first few weeks after surgery there is postoperative swelling. This swelling usually resolves within 8 to 12 weeks when final shape will be evident provided one follows postoperative use of pressure garment judiciously.