Does Liposuction Permanently Remove Fat?

Stubborn fat shows up everywhere. It doesn’t respond to your diet, it doesn’t respond to your workouts, and it stands in the way of you looking and feeling your best. If you’re ready to experience a life without stubborn fat, we will help you get there. At Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Marietta, GA, we offer liposuction to help our patients finally achieve their dream body in just one procedure.

Does Liposuction Permanently Remove Fat?

This procedure delivers the kind of results that are intended to be permanent. By the time you reach 16 to 18 years old, your body has developed all of the fat cells it will have for life. After you reach this age, your genetic disposition has been set, and you cannot grow any more fat cells. Once stubborn fat cells are removed from a certain area of the body, that area cannot regrow those fat cells. This procedure is so effective because it permanently removes fat.

The Importance of Maintaining Your Results

While this procedure will permanently remove fat cells from your treatment area, therefore reducing the total amount of fat volume to improve your appearance and your confidence, you are responsible for maintaining those results. Weight gain will not result in the development of new fat cells, but it can cause the existing ones in your treatment area to expand, which can ruin your results.

Eat a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet and consistent exercise routine is the best way to maintain your results. Eating a healthy diet free of chemicals, unhealthy fats, sugars, and sodium will help you maintain a healthy body weight which will help you maintain your results.

You should also aim to drink plenty of water each day well to not only keep your system hydrated but help it effectively remove toxins. Sometimes when you feel hungry, you are actually thirsty and do not realize it, so reaching for water before eating is a good habit to develop to help maintain a healthy weight.

Get Regular Exercise

Regular exercise is another important aspect of maintaining your results. Getting in some type of movement at least six days a week is a good way to keep your body fit and healthy. While working out is important, remember that you cannot out-exercise a bad diet, so a combination of healthy eating and moderate exercise is the best route to help you avoid gaining weight and ruining your results.

Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Diet and exercise place a significant role in helping you maintain your results, but so too does your lifestyle. An unhealthy lifestyle can lead to weight gain, especially one defined by poor habits like smoking, excess alcohol consumption, poor quality sleep, and a high-stress level.

Consider Your Timing

If you are planning on becoming pregnant in the near future, you should wait until you are done having children to schedule this procedure. Pregnancies always lead to weight gain, even if it is a healthy amount, but that weight gain can sabotage your results. Waiting until you are done having children is a good way to ensure that you can maintain permanent results.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Lipo?

Lipo is another word for liposuction. Liposuction is a procedure designed to help those struggling with stubborn fat that has begun to affect their body image. Stubborn fat is stubborn for a reason; it does not respond well to changes in your diet or your fitness routine, which is why you need something more powerful.

This body contouring procedure provides you with the help you need to successfully reach your body goals without spending hours in the gym or eating a restrictive diet forever. However, one of the benefits of this procedure is that it can help give you the motivation you need to get into the gym and ramp up your exercise routine.

What Areas Does It Treat?

This procedure can help you reach your body goals by removing stubborn fat from virtually anywhere on the body. The most common treatment areas include the:

  • Knees
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Legs
  • Love handles
  • Waistline
  • Hips
  • Back
  • Neck
  • Breasts
  • Bra roll
  • Chin


How Does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction is one of the most popular and widespread cosmetic procedures. It is a body contouring procedure that uses a tiny tube called a cannula to gently suction fat cells out of the body through a very tiny incision, and it doesn’t require any stitches.

Removing Subcutaneous Fat

Your body contains two types of fat: visceral and subcutaneous. This procedure is designed to remove subcutaneous fat just below the skin’s surface. It does not remove visceral fat, which is the fat that exists deep within the body and surrounds the organs. Excess visceral fat can only be reduced with bariatric weight loss surgery, diet, or exercise.

Are There Different Ways To Perform This Procedure?

There are different ways to perform this procedure. Each has its advantages, and when you come in for your initial consultation, our surgeon will review each technique with you and help determine which one is best for your needs. Traditional liposuction involves the use of a cannula to suction fat out of the body.

The power-assisted technique, also known as PAL, uses a similar technique, except the cannula used also vibrates during the procedure to help remove more fat cells. UAL is short for the ultrasound-assisted technique, which uses ultrasound technology and sound wave energy to help remove the densest and most stubborn fat.

Will I Need To Go Under?

The benefit of this procedure is that you can customize your procedure based on your desires and your needs. While some patients prefer to be completely put under during the procedure, you have the option of being awake as well. You can discuss the details of the procedure and choose your preference during your initial consultation.

Can I Treat Multiple Areas at Once?

Another benefit of this procedure is that you can treat multiple areas during your procedure. While this may extend the procedure’s overall length, it will help you reach your body goes that much faster. When we create your treatment plan, we can include all the areas that you want to treat and customize your plan accordingly.

How Long Does It Take To Notice Results?

Once your procedure is complete, that stubborn fat will finally be gone from your problem areas, never to return again. You will notice a difference in your treatment areas, but those results will only improve as you heal and your body recovers. It will take approximately four weeks for you to fully heal and be able to enjoy your results. Results will continue to improve over 12 weeks but could take six months to fully develop.

Am I a Candidate?

The ideal candidates for lipo are men and women looking for an effective and efficient body contouring procedure to help them reach all of their body goals. They should be in good health and have realistic expectations about the results that this procedure can deliver.

The best candidates have also tried to reduce their stubborn fat with diet and exercise yet have not had success. The ideal candidate should also be at a healthy weight since this procedure is not a substitute for weight loss, nor can it treat obesity.

The Importance of a Consultation

The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is the schedule and initial consultation with Dr. Okoro. During this consultation, he will meet with you personally to discuss your goals, evaluate your condition, and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision as to whether this body contouring procedure is the right choice for you.

Achieving Your Dream Body Has Never Been So Easy

If you’ve been considering this body contouring procedure, don’t put it off any longer. This procedure will give you results and will help you increase your confidence in your appearance. Contact us today at Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Marietta, GA, and schedule your initial consultation so that you can begin the process of achieving your dream body as soon as possible.

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