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Why You'll Still Need to Exercise After Liposuction

Study: Lipo May Not Be a Permanent Solution, but Exercise Helps

The Skinny on Weight Regain After Liposuction continued...

"Nobody really knows why this occurs, but the theory is that the body tries to maintain fat homeostasis," Donofrio says. This refers to the amount of fat needed to provide our bodies with energy.

Both Donofrio and Aston agree that the new study may have been too short to really get a handle on weight regain and distribution after liposuction.

Still, "we don't see many patients coming back with globs of fat in other areas of their body," says American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery President-elect Leo McCafferty, MD. "Most are in good shape and have spot areas that don't respond to diet and exercise." 

He recommends that his patients start or restart an exercise regimen about six weeks after liposuction. "This really can enhance the results," he says.

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