When a surgeon removes fat from your body during liposuction, that’s it, the fat is gone for good. Some people assume that means their liposuction results will be permanent, no matter what choices they make after surgery. While it is true that liposuction can provide permanent results and that the fat removed won’t come back, liposuction isn’t magic. You can still gain weight and your remaining fat cells can get bigger, undoing all your efforts.
To get the best possible liposuction results, keep these tips in mind before and after your surgery.
Wear Your Compression Garment
After liposuction, your surgeon will have you wear a compression garment around the treated area. The garment might not look super stylish, but it is an important part of the healing process. A compression garment helps to reshape the treated area, minimizing the development of wrinkles in the skin or any sagging. It also helps to reduce swelling, which can speed up the healing process and help you see results sooner. Since the garment puts pressure on the incisions, it can also help to make any scars even less noticeable.
Usually, it’s a good idea to wear the garment for as long as your surgeon recommends. Depending on the size of the treated area, that can be anywhere from one to three weeks after surgery.
Stick to a Healthy Diet
Usually, liposuction removes diet-resistant fat from the body. That doesn’t mean that you are able to eat whatever you want afterward and not see any fat or weight gain.
It’s important to stick to a healthy diet or to adopt one after your surgery. Following a healthy diet can help you avoid gaining weight, which can help you avoid having remaining fat cells enlarge.
What a healthy diet is can vary depending on who you ask, so it’s a good idea to discuss your options with your surgeon. Usually, following a healthy diet means not eating too many calories or too much fat. It can mean making sure that you get plenty of protein and fiber from sources such as lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Your surgeon will also most likely recommend avoiding certain processed foods and sugary snacks.
Start or Keep Exercising
Exercising after surgery can also help improve your liposuction results. When you exercise regularly, you help tone your muscles, which can improve your physique and appearance. You also burn fat, which can keep existing fat cells from enlarging or help you avoid packing on new ones.
Usually, it’s recommended that you avoid certain types of exercise for at least a week or two after surgery. While you don’t want to go for a long distance run or play a contact sport right after liposuction, you also don’t want to be completely sedentary. Ask your surgeon when it will OK to start up a light exercise routine, such as going for a brisk, short walk.
Don’t Lose or Gain a Lot of Weight
Obviously, gaining weight after liposuction will have a negative effect on your results. Following a healthy diet and sticking to an exercise routine should help you avoid significant weight gain.
It’s also true that losing a fair amount of weight can affect your results. While it’s not always possible to avoid weight loss or gain, doing what you can to maintain a steady weight will help you enjoy your liposuction results for as long as possible.
Wait Until You’re Ready for Liposuction
Here’s one last piece of advice for making the most of your liposuction results: wait until you’re ready to schedule the surgery. If you’ve still got 30 or so pounds to lose to reach your goal weight, it’s better to wait until you’ve lost those pounds than to have liposuction and hope for the best.
It’s also a good idea to wait until you’ve finished having children to schedule liposuction. Pregnancy can change your body in surprising ways. You don’t want to go through the surgery, only to end up with unexpected deposits of fat in new areas.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you’re ready to say good-bye to stubborn, unwanted fat, contact the Aesthetic Surgery Center to learn more about liposuction and other fat removal options and to book an appointment with Dr. Ross. The surgeons at Aesthetic Surgery Center, Dr. Anurag Agarwal, Dr. Richard Maloney, and Dr. Ross, have been featured on many of the major news networks, including ABC, NBC, Wink TV, and FOX, as recognized experts on a variety of plastic surgery topics. Dr. Agarwal, Dr. Maloney, and Dr. Ross believe that educating and communicating with their patients are the keys to helping them achieve successful, natural-looking results. Schedule your appointment at the Aesthetic Surgery Center, located at 1175 Creekside Parkway #100 in Naples, FL, by calling 239-594-9100.