Liposuction is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures and is ideal for removing fat from stubborn to lose areas. For men and women who’ve tried changing their diet and increasing their activity but still can’t achieve their desired shape, liposuction can result in a better appearance of the arms, thighs, waist and other areas. It now appears that the weight lost following liposuction may be maintained with regular exercise.

A new study of women who had liposuction to remove fat from the abdomen showed that compared to women who did not exercise, those who did regular exercise had less fat return around their abdominal organs.

The 4-month exercise program involving aerobic and resistance training three times per a week. Both women who exercised, and those who didn’t, had much less fat in the area treated with liposuction after 4 months. However, those who did not exercise had some increase in fat deposits around their organs in the abdomen. An additional benefit of exercise was that physical capacity also improved only in the exercise group after 6 months of training.

It seems that exercise has a protective effect on metabolism and body composition after liposuction. 

“In my practice, liposuction procedures are very common and result in extremely satisfied patients. It is common for patients to return 4 to 6 months later, proud of their continued weight loss. While I don’t attribute it to their liposuction procedure, I suspect it is due to their lifestyle changes that often follow body contouring surgery. For most patients, an exercise program can start 2 to 3 weeks after liposuction so as to help maintain the improved appearance.”

Karol A. Gutowski, M.D.