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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

Are My Liposuction Results Permanent?


Posted August 16, 2017 in Liposuction

Liposuction patient of Dr. TaranowThere are some cases when stubborn fat is unresponsive to diet and exercise. Because excess fat is a common complaint many people have, it isn’t surprising liposuction is one of the top requested plastic surgery procedures. Many people decide to undergo liposuction to target unwanted pockets of fat since it is very efficient in creating beautiful curves while providing an ideal solution for fat removal. Some people think after undergoing liposuction it is the end-all game for the battle of the bulges; however, it is not a quick fix for complete fat removal.

Liposuction is designed to permanently remove the fat cells from the target area(s), but it does not guarantee that fat is gone for good. Weight gain and aging can affect the growth of the remaining fat cells , which may cause a potential change to the overall appearance of the body. The key to achieving the best liposuction outcome is through proper maintenance by practicing some healthy, everyday habits.

How Can I Maintain My Liposuction Results?

The key to maintaining results after liposuction is by sticking to a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips on how to ensure longer-lasting results:

  • Exercise regularly: After surgery, patients should avoid strenuous exercise for the first few weeks; however, walking is highly recommended to aid in the healing process and to reduce blood clots. Once recovered, a regular exercise regimen should be followed to maintain the body and to enhance a patient’s liposuction results.
  • Adopt a nutritious diet: When combined with exercise, a healthy diet will assist in preventing weight gain. Patients should avoid simple carbohydrates such as pasta and bread, and incorporate fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into their diet regularly. Your primary care physician can help you come up with the best diet plan for you and your body.
  • Avoid sun exposure: The sun has an impact on the overall health of our skin. Many people enjoy having tanned skin; however, too much sun exposure can cause fine lines and wrinkles to form and cause skin elasticity to weaken. If patients do go in the sun, they should make sure to put on a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every time.
  • Do not smoke: Smoking tobacco can cause the skin to age early. When someone smokes, their blood vessels get smaller reducing the blood supply to the skin that causes changes in the strength of their skin elasticity. During weight fluctuations, the loss of collagen and weak skin elasticity will increase the chance of sagging skin.

If you are interested in liposuction, find out more by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Taranow today! He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you target stubborn fat while creating more beautiful, smooth curves. You can contact us by calling (212) 772-2100 or by filling out our online contact form.