Is Liposuction Permanent? 6 Frequently Asked Questions, Answered

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If diet and exercise haven’t been enough to rid you of those stubborn, localized fat deposits, liposuction could be the game-changer you’ve been looking for. But taking the leap into a surgical procedure comes with its share of questions.

To help you better understand the procedure and whether it might be right for you, we’ve compiled answers to 6 of the most common questions our patients ask.

1. Is Liposuction Permanent?

The fat cells removed during liposuction are gone for good. However, the remaining cells can expand, and new fat pockets can form elsewhere. A balanced diet and regular exercise are your allies in keeping your new shape.

2. How Is Liposuction Done?

Your surgeon will begin by making tiny incisions in the targeted area of your body. A thin, specialized tube called a cannula is inserted through these incisions to reach the underlying fat. The cannula breaks apart and loosens the fat cells, which are then suctioned away. The result? A more contoured and aesthetically pleasing shape tailored specifically to you.

3. Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

The ideal candidate for this procedure is someone at or close to their goal weight. You’re healthy and active, but you’re frustrated with specific areas—maybe the belly or thighs—that continue to hold onto fat despite your best efforts. However, if you also have sagging, excess skin, your surgeon may recommend another procedure, such as a tummy tuck or thigh lift.

4. How Much Fat Can Be Removed With Liposuction?

Liposuction is not a weight loss solution but a body contouring technique. While the procedure effectively sculpts the body by spot-treating problem areas, patients typically see a weight reduction of only about 2 to 5 pounds. Think of liposuction as the custom detail work that puts the finishing touches on your physique.

Before & After Liposuction Case 232 Front View in Ann Arbor, MI
Before & After Liposuction
Before & After Liposuction Case 233 Back View in Ann Arbor, MI
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Before & After Liposuction Case 235 Front View in Ann Arbor, MI
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5. How Long Does It Take To Recover From Liposuction?

You should plan on taking at least 1 week of recovery time—more if your job is physically demanding.

After the procedure, expect to wear compression garments for 3 to 6 weeks to minimize swelling. You can manage any initial discomfort with oral medication (usually during the first 2 to 5 days). Bruising and swelling should subside within 3 to 4 weeks, and the final results are visible within 3 to 6 months.

Learn more about what to expect after body contouring surgery in this related blog post.

6. How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

At our Ann Arbor plastic surgery practice, we make the financial aspect transparent and straightforward. Treating a single area with liposuction costs $5,151, and each additional area is priced at $1,336. For those who opt for a local anesthetic with sedation, the cost reduces to $3,229.

These prices include not just the surgeon’s fees but also the anesthesia and operating facility costs. Financing options, such as payment plans through CareCredit®, are available to help put your body contouring goals within reach.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are considering liposuction and would like to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon about your options, call our office today at (734) 712-2323 or request a consultation using our online form.

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