If you’ve got some excess stubborn fat that just won’t go away, liposuction surgery could be the ideal procedure for you. The liposuction procedure, also known as fat removal or body contouring, is designed to help sculpt and shape your body, ultimately boosting your confidence in your appearance and the way your clothes fit.
It’s important to dispel some common misconceptions surrounding liposuction. Firstly, liposuction candidates should know that liposuction is not intended for weight loss but rather for targeted fat reduction in specific areas. Additionally, liposuction does not grant you the freedom to indulge in unhealthy eating habits, as the remaining fat cells in your body can still expand, leading to weight gain. To maintain the results achieved through liposuction, certain measures should be taken after the surgical procedure.
Dr. Vitenas provides advice on a healthy diet, hydration, physical activity, and meal habits. By following these recommendations, you can maintain the sculpted and contoured body you’ve achieved, further enhancing your body confidence and overall well-being.
Watch Your Calories
While the fat that’s removed during liposuction is removed permanently, having the surgery doesn’t prevent future weight gain. If you hope to avoid gaining additional weight by having the remaining fat cells in your body expand after liposuction, you need to pay attention to how much you eat.
In many cases, whether you end up gaining weight or not comes down to a simple mathematical formula. If you eat more calories than you burn, you put on pounds. If you eat as many calories as you burn, your weight stays the same. If you eat fewer calories than you burn, you can lose weight.
So to keep the pounds off after liposuction, you want to be particularly conscious of how much you eat. That could mean breaking out the scale and being extra aware of the number of calories in your food.
Cut Out Certain Foods
Along with paying attention to how much you’re eating, it helps to be aware of the quality of foods you eat. Calorie-dense foods like salty snacks, candies, and sodas are full of calories but lack in nutritional value. To maintain your results from liposuction, it’s important to avoid these types of foods and instead opt for nutritious and fiber-rich foods options that will fill you up without adding empty calories.
Sodium-Heavy Foods can also be detrimental to your results with diet and should be avoided when possible. Replacing these unhealthy choices with a more nutritious diet, such as fruits and vegetables will help keep excess fat away and help you achieve optimum health.
Drink More Water
Sometimes, when you think you are hungry, you are really just thirsty. Drinking more water after liposuction can help reduce initial swelling and ease the pain from medication. As a rule of thumb, it’s important to maintain your body hydrated to keep your liposuction results and keep your body healthy. Drink at least half a gallon a day or 8 glasses of water daily throughout the day for optimum water consumption – this helps ensure that your body hydrates sufficiently.
Drinking water can also help to improve your metabolism and help you digest the foods you eat more efficiently. If you’re not sure how much water to drink each day, your plastic surgeon can help you decide.
Get in Regular Exercise
Exercising after liposuction is an important part of the recovery process and can help ensure optimal surgical results. You are required to rest after liposuction surgery so reduce your activity level to a minimum throughout your healing process. It’s important to wait for at least two weeks before beginning any type of exercise routine. Once you’ve been cleared by your doctor to resume physical activity, start with light exercises like walking or low-impact activities like swimming. As your body adjusts to these new activities, you can begin to add more strenuous exercises into your post-surgery routine.
Just remember to give yourself ample rest days and listen to what your body is telling you—if something feels too intense or painful, take a break from exercising until you’re feeling better. With the right approach, you can continue exercising after liposuction and keep up with the results of your surgery!
Exercise should be fun and enjoyable. Otherwise, you’re less likely to do it.
Consider Changing Your Meal Habits
Consider modifying your meal habits to better support your liposuction results. For some individuals, the traditional three-meals-a-day approach may not be suitable. Overeating during large meals or skipping meals altogether can lead to overindulging. Instead, you may find that consuming five or six smaller meals throughout the day helps you maintain a healthy weight, prevents excessive hunger, and avoids overeating.
Dr. Paul Vitenas, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Houston, TX, is a renowned expert in liposuction surgery and a trusted resource for advice and guidance. He can provide personalized recommendations on preparing for liposuction and offer valuable insights on maintaining your results after surgery. To learn more or schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Vitenas at 281-484-0088.
Remember, liposuction can be a transformative procedure when combined with a healthy lifestyle and proper post-surgery care. By incorporating these tips into your routine, you can maximize the benefits of liposuction and enjoy long-lasting results.