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Is Liposuction Permanent?

Liposuction-Plastic Surgery Flying Horse Medical Center Blog

Millicent Odunze Geers, MD, MPH

Many people want to know, “Is Liposuction permanent”? First off, what is Liposuction? Liposuction is a body contouring procedure.  Specifically, it is a surgical procedure that uses a suction technique to remove fat from specific areas of the body. The abdomen, flanks, hips, thighs, buttocks, back, arms, and chin, are all areas of the body that can be treated with liposuction. When fat is removed with Liposuction, the fat travels through a cannula, into a tube, and is collected into a container. Removing fat with this body contouring procedure results in a body contour that is smoothened and streamlined. Other names for Liposuction include Lipoplasty and Liposculpture. 

Although your fat cells are permanently removed with this procedure, it does not mean you can’t still gain weight. Unfortunately, the more weight you gain, the less effective your Liposuction results will be. That said, you’ll be better off in terms of fat volume in the treated area, than if you had never had liposuction. So is liposuction permanent? Yes, liposuction is permanent. However, you can camouflage your liposuction results with weight gain.

To maintain your results from this plastic surgery procedure, filling your body with healthy nutrients and food is key. Movement—walking, biking, stairclimber, running, jogging, elliptical, weight lifting, etc—is also crucial to maintaining your new contours. And don’t forget to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.


In summary, there’s no bypassing physiology. You can get a jump start with liposuction, but it does not provide a lifetime of immunity against weight gain like a childhood vaccination does against disease. Liposuction comes with maintenance!

Take-home message: Liposuction works as an effective treatment for a specific target area, but you should use it as a supplement to weight maintenance combined with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. 

Are you ready for liposuction? You have two options for your liposuction procedure. You can elect to be awake, yet comfortable, under local anesthesia. Or you can be asleep and comfortable under general anesthesia in a surgery center. During your consultation, Dr Geers will help you decide which option is best for you.

So, if you’re ready to get rid of some unwanted fat and would like more information on our liposuction services, contact our Monument office, or call us at (719) 633-5255 to schedule a FREE consultation with Colorado Springs Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Millicent Geers! She’ll help you look lucky, not done!

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