November 30, 2004

Liposuction Not a Weight Loss Guarantee

Liposuction patients are three times more likely to gain weight without adhering to a proper diet and four times more likely to gain weight without regular exercise.

In a study of more than 200 patients by Dr. Rod Rohrich, American Society of Plastic Surgeons past president, 43 percent gained weight after having liposuction, with the majority gaining weight after six months. Twenty-five percent lost weight, while 32 percent experienced no change in weight.

If patients want positive long-term results from liposuction, they have to be willing to eat a proper diet and exercise, Rohrick said. This is especially important to remember as we approach the holiday season when people are invited to more parties and social activities where diet and exercise may be overlooked.

The study found patients who adhere to a proper diet after liposuction are two times more likely to lose weight. They have a 96 percent chance of a decrease in clothing size, causing them to be 15 times more likely to be satisfied with their results and have improved long-term outcomes.

The full study appears in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.