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What Liposuction Really Looks Like

What Liposuction Really Looks Like Setting Healthy, Realistic Expectations for Your Body

Liposuction is one of the most commonly known, desired, and performed cosmetic procedures in the entire country. It can help improve your confidence and self-image, but it’s not a “cure-all” for your body or your life. When considering liposuction, keep in mind that you will need to maintain realistic expectations for what the procedure will do for your body, and what your appearance will look like afterwards. Read on to see more about the best liposuction results you can expect here at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center!

Questions and Answers Regarding the Results of Liposuction

Below, we’ve listed a few questions that we typically receive from patients, as well as our professional answers to them. Read them over to gain a better understanding of what you can expect out of your liposuction results, as well as what it cannot do for you.

When will I see the results after liposuction? Are the results permanent?

Ultimately, the majority of patients will notice ninety percent of their liposuction results within one to two months after the surgery. There will be lots of post-operative swelling for the first few weeks. After that, the length of time that the body remains swollen will depend on the skill of the surgeon’s techniques and post-operative care methods. An open-drainage technique with adits, or round holes, that are left open to allow for drainage will result in a drastically decreased time for recovery.


Your body’s new shape is permanent, more or less, depending on whether or not you gain moderate to excessive weight. Fat cells removed by liposuction never return, though they can be replaced by new cells if a patient gains a significant amount of weight (more than ten percent of their body weight).

How much weight can I expect to lose with liposuction?

Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. Patients should not expect dramatic weight loss from the procedure. Instead, the treated areas will take on an improved aesthetic appearance. Oftentimes, these improvements are significant in nature, with results lasting for years to come, if not the rest of your life.

The most fat than can be safely removed is approximately six to eight pounds, or three to four liters. The greater the volume of fat removed within a single day of operation, the higher the risk posed to the patient for complications. Removal of fat in excess of six to eight pounds should be completed in separate surgeries, each occurring after three to four weeks.

What if I gain weight after liposuction? Will the fat return to the treated area(s)?

Though the results of liposuction are quite impressive, if a patient gains a moderate to excessive amount of weight after liposuction—more than ten pounds—the fat tends to accumulate in the same proportions of the new figure, with fat spreading predominantly to areas of the body that have not undergone liposuction.

While it’s definitely possible for fat to return to an area on which liposuction has been performed, the amount of fat is typically miniscule. If you do not gain weight after the procedure, the fat will not return, though aging will continue to change the shape of your body, resulting in shifting fat deposits. However, the results of liposuction will remain unaffected by aging.

What if I get pregnant after liposuction? Will liposuction reduce the fat left on my stomach after my pregnancy?

Don’t worry; the original cosmetic improvements resulting from the procedure will return once you have lost the excess weight of your pregnancy.

If you are having liposuction for the first time after having your baby, the procedure can definitely improve the appearance of your abdomen, often with more natural-looking results than a tummy tuck.

Can liposuction fix cellulite or sagging skin?

In short, no. Unfortunately, liposuction does not significantly improve the texture of skin, though it does improve the body’s overall shape.

We hope that this information will serve as a starting point for you in making an informed decision, though you shouldn’t base your decision on this information alone. Instead, be sure to schedule a consultation with a medical professional to learn more about what to expect from liposuction and other procedures.

Consult the Experts at Laser Lipo and Veins

When considering any major surgery, it’s vital that you feel fully informed before taking the plunge. At The Laser Lipo and Vein Center, we have a wealth of informational resources available to our patients, as well as a dedicated team of qualified, seasoned cosmetic surgeons. Contact our office today to set up your consultation appointment and learn more about your options, as well as the best liposuction results around!

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