Although liposuction has been one of the most effective body contouring surgeries for decades, plenty of misconceptions about the procedure prevail. If you have always wanted to learn more about liposuction but have been too afraid to ask a doctor, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. A.J. Khalil has written this blog as a safe place to learn the answers to your toughest questions.

How Many Pounds Can I Lose with this Surgery?

To be abundantly clear, liposuction is not a weight-loss surgery. Your best bet for taking off a significant amount of weight is with diet and exercise, or perhaps bariatric surgery. Dr. Khalil performs liposuction on patients who are near their personal weight goals yet have plateaued before achieving their desired results. Liposuction works best for removing stubborn deposits of fat. Although this usually only amounts to a few pounds lost overall, the body’s contours can look dramatically different.

How Soon Can I Enjoy My Liposuction Results?

Results are visible immediately after the surgery, though they are not your full results. Once the fat cells have been suctioned out, the size of the area is noticeably smaller, though swelling from the surgery will not reveal the final contours. Results will gradually improve as the body heals: allow at least a couple months to see your complete contours.

Will My Liposuction Results Last Forever?

Many plastic surgery procedures yield changes that last about 10 years before the aging process undoes the results. Fortunately, liposuction is not one of those procedures. The new contours that Dr. Khalil achieves for you with liposuction can last indefinitely because the surgically removed fat cells do not return. The key is to maintain a healthy, steady weight after liposuction for long-lasting results.

What Should I Expect If I Do End Up Putting on Weight in the Future?

All liposuction patients should be aware that a dramatic fluctuation in weight can produce undesirable results. Although fat should not reaccumulate in the area treated by liposuction, that does not stop fat from accumulating in other areas of the body. If you start consuming an excessive number of calories, you are likely to see fat gather in other areas, perhaps creating awkward body proportions.

With that said, you should not worry if at some point you put on a few pounds. A modest weight gain should have an insignificant impact on your surgically enhanced contours.

Is It Even Worth It to Have Liposuction with So Many Less Invasive Fat Reduction Procedures Available?

The main benefit of non-surgical fat reduction is that the recovery period is less substantial. However, what those procedures cannot offer is the same level of results as liposuction. Surgery is the best way to reduce more fat and craft appealing body contours. Given that most liposuction patients return to their jobs within two or three days, the incentive to commit to surgery remains high for most patients Dr. Khalil meets.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Khalil is one of the most trusted and respected surgeons in Beverly Hills. He is happy to meet with prospective liposuction patients to answer all questions they may have before deciding whether surgery is the right choice for them. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Khalil, please call (310) 385-8601.