Is Liposuction Permanent?

It can become overwhelmingly frustrating to do everything you can to lose weight or sculpt your body the way you want it to look. Are you considering liposuction as a way to rid yourself of the most stubborn spots? This procedure is a good option for some, but is liposuction permanent? Let’s take a look.


During the liposuction procedure, our board-certified plastic surgeon will remove any unwanted fat pockets using a long, slender, hollow tube called a cannula. The cannula is attached to a machine that uses suction to get rid of the fat cells.

Often, there will be a mechanism, such as ultrasound or vibration, that helps break up and liquefy the fat. These mechanisms enable us to be more gentle and reduce risks of trauma to surrounding tissue. Using either vibration or ultrasound waves throughout the procedure can help lead to less damage and a shortened recovery time for the patient.

Will The Fat Return After A Liposuction?

Any fat we remove from a patient during a liposuction procedure is gone forever. The cells will not come back to that area. So, liposuction is a permanent procedure. 

If the patient doesn’t maintain their new physique, however, they may experience adverse results. Post-procedure weight gain could lead to fat cells returning elsewhere on the body, which can undo the results of liposuction.

Post-Procedure Maintenance

Maintaining results after liposuction will help to ensure its permanence. If you have no weight gain, you can be confident the procedure lasts. Make sure to eat well before and after the procedure and carefully follow our advice before resuming strenuous physical activity.

Contact Us To Learn More

Liposuction is not for everyone. If you have any questions about the procedure, contact Dr. Himansu Shah and the team at Signature Plastic Surgery & Dermatology. Dr. Shah is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Las Vegas area. Call (702) 805-2058 for a consultation.