How Long Will Your Surgery Last

Whether you go bigger or smaller or are just looking to make some tweaks to your body, cosmetic procedures are the surefire way to do it. Despite the fact that most surgeries deliver permanent results, the body will still continue to age. To maintain your results and avoid any adverse effects later on down the road, the best thing you can do is to keep your weight stable.

If You Had Liposuction: It Lasts Forever Unless Weight is Unstable
The gold standard for getting rid of unwanted pockets of fat for good is liposuction. “It permanently removes fat cells from a specific area of the body,” says San Antonio plastic surgeon Mark Greene, MD. But just because the fat may be gone from one area (like your hips) doesn’t mean that you can’t gain weight elsewhere.

The Bottom Line:
The skin may look different when liposuction is performed on the stomach later on. “It looks good 
for the first few years but often there are irregularities in the 
lower abdomen because the skin doesn’t contract well there,” 
Beverly Hills, CA, plastic surgeon Steven Teitelbaum, MD. 

“When your skin is loose and you have liposuction and the body ages the skin may look lax, crepey and wrinkled,” says Newport Beach, CA, plastic surgeon Sanjay Grover, MD. This 
is especially true if fat is removed too aggressively.


If You Change the Shape of Your Butt: It Lasts Forever
In the past, implants were the only way to change the shape and size of your backside but today, most plastic surgeons use fat to get a more shapely backside. Not only does it give a more natural result but, as 
Dr. Teitelbaum points out, “There are nice changes to the quality of 
the skin that follow after fat is injected beneath the skin.”

The Bottom Line
Most doctors agree that once the procedure has been performed, the degree of sagging that occurs becomes less relevant to the 
size of the buttocks. 

“Adding fat can improve volume in the body. When there is ample volume there is less sagging in the skin,” says Louisville, KY, plastic surgeon, Nana Mizuguchi, MD.