Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures that removes excess fat from the body. It’s basically a body contouring process. People usually get liposuction to improve the shape or contours of their body by getting rid of extra fat from areas such as the thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, arms, neck, or back. The fat in those areas are usually stubborn, and most people cannot get rid of them through diet and exercise. Although the procedure gains people a more shaped body, it isn’t a weight loss treatment. The procedure is accepted as a safe surgical process however it has risks and possible complications as with any major surgery. So, it’s important to talk to an expert and clarify your expectations before deciding it.
The benefits of liposuction surgery are plenty: you can choose to treat multiple parts of your body in the same session, or you can opt for a minimally invasive procedure through laser liposuction.
The results of a liposuction procedure can significantly change the shape of your body, increasing your confidence and improving your life quality. It is very important to remember that it takes special maintenance to keep the effects on the long term. Otherwise, the fat tissue tends to come back, and re-deposit on the vulnerable areas like abdomen and tights and produce an unwanted look.
Liposuction Pre-Op Advice
Following the doctor’s instructions before and after the liposuction surgery is an essential factor in the success of the liposuction treatment and influences also the long-term results.
While preparing to liposuction surgery,
• You need to complete all of your blood tests or medical evaluations,
• You may take certain medications or adjust your current ones according to your surgeon's comment,
• You have to stop smoking,
• It is important to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding,
• You may need to arrange for someone to drive you home and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.
During the liposuction’s post-op recovery period, it is recommended to wear compression garments for several days and continue to avoid smoking. You can fight swellings and minor contour irregularities by having a low-sodium diet and exercise (stretching). Therapeutic or lymphatic massage can also help in the healing process.
Surgeons recommend three ways to maintain the slimming effects of your liposuction treatment:
It is important to change your lifestyle in a healthy way in order to make your wonderful change after liposuction surgery sustainable. To achieve this, you should include a balanced diet and regular exercise plan in your life. When you do not exercise regularly, your body shape may change in the same way you do not want it, and you may misinterpret this change as a failure of liposuction.
Therefore, exercising is an important part of post-liposuction maintenance because it keeps your body in shape and increases muscle definition. This will stop the excess fat cells and the uneven re-distribution of fat tissue. The most recommended exercises after liposuction are: yoga, jogging, walking, biking, spinning, dance, swimming, cardio or other activities that involve moving and body stretching. Other benefits from regular exercising may be:
• May reduce the appearance of cellulite
• Increase your sense of well-being, fighting depression
• Increase skin’s elasticity
• Ease muscle aches, pain, and tensions
• Fights blood pressure
• Keeps your body trim and toned.
2. Healthy Diet
Combining exercise with a healthy diet is a crucial factor in maintaining your gain after losing weight, especially after liposuction surgery. Patients should adapt their diet according to their body necessities and lifestyle. Doctors recommend aliments reach in protein and calcium like dairies, soy-beans, white beans, almonds, grains, and citruses. A healthy diet can also boost your energy and immune system.
After your liposuction operation, you should avoid processed foods and sugar. The first clue for those who want to adapt their healthy diet is to consume fresh foods and to choose healthy, unpackaged ingredients. If you need to be guided about this, you can have special nutrition programs by getting help from a nutritionist.
3. Proper Hydration
Increased water consumption is recommended after a lot of medical procedures because it helps in the healing process and maintains the balance of body fluids. Water is the most reachable drink full of miracle. It controls calories, energizes the muscles and helps in the burning process (eliminates fat cells which is essential after liposuction surgery). Drinking a sufficient amount of water during the day also keeps your hunger under control, maintains a healthy and balanced metabolism, and helps your digestion. If you are not a fan of drinking water, you can eat a lot of fruits and vegetables – they will help the hydration process by adding more fluids into your system.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in April 2019.