Today, there are many innovative nonsurgical options available to remove unwanted fat. You can melt it away with lasers, dissolve it with injections, and even freeze it away. Nevertheless, the tried-and-true method of liposuction remains a popular body contouring and fat removal treatment. Liposuction has been around for decades. Over that time, many misconceptions about the procedure have emerged. Chief among them is the belief that liposuction can help you lose weight, and a lot of it. Even worse, many people assume that liposuction will solve all their fat and weight issues.
The reality is that weight gain after liposuction is possible. While an ounce of prevention is really worth a pound of cure, there are numerous ways you can experience weight gain after you’ve had liposuction.
Understanding Weight After Liposuction
How liposuction works when it comes to weight and weight loss can be a bit difficult to understand. One of the first things to keep in mind is that you should be at a maintainable weight when you have the surgery. That means you shouldn’t be struggling to keep your weight at a certain point. If you have to severely restrict your diet or work out for five hours a day to keep the scale on a certain number, then that’s not a maintainable weight for you.
But if your weight seems to hover around a certain mark without you doing much about it and that mark is within a recommended range, then you’ve found a maintainable weight.
Let’s say your maintainable weight is 140 pounds. You have liposuction and your surgeon removes 5 pounds of fat. You drop down to 135 pounds. To keep the results from your liposuction visible, you’ll want to keep your weight at 135 pounds. If you gain back five pounds, you’ll still see some results, but you might be bigger in areas where you didn’t have liposuction. If you gain more than five pounds, your results might become even less noticeable.
Re-Evaluate Your Diet and Exercise Routine
One of the first things to do if you notice yourself putting on extra pounds after you’ve had liposuction is to reassess your diet. Perhaps you got off to a good start and ate plenty of vegetables, fruits and lean proteins. But lately you’ve been getting takeout more and more and have let fatty, rich foods creep into your diet.
Recalibrating your diet and getting back on a healthy track might be enough to halt and reverse the weight gain.
The same could be true of exercise. If you were pretty good about working out in the beginning but now find yourself spending more and more time on the couch, it might be time to get back into the habit of hitting the gym.
Talk to Your Doctor
Weight gain isn’t always due to eating more or not getting enough exercise. In some cases, weight gain occurs because of a health issue or because you’re taking a new medication. If you’re concerned about weight gain and haven’t noticed a dramatic change in your eating or exercise habits, it could be worth it to schedule an appointment with your doctor. He or she can run tests or let you know if your weight gain is caused by illness or medication.
Don’t Try to “Speed” Weight Loss
There are a lot of “diets” out there that promise super dramatic results fast, like helping you to drop X pounds in X days. While many of the diets do help you drop pounds fast, they also tend to cause you to gain all or even more of that weight right back. Dramatic changes or extreme eating habits aren’t sustainable for the long run and can end up doing you more harm than good.
How to Avoid Weight Gain After Liposuction
While it’s not always possible to prevent weight gain after you’ve had liposuction, it is avoidable in many cases. It can be helpful to work with a nutritionist to learn more about how much food you should eat each day and what types of food will provide your body with the fuel and nutrients it needs.
Getting on a regular eating schedule and learning to prep healthy meals at home, versus grabbing takeout or a quick bite on the go, might also help you avoid putting on pounds after your surgery.
Finally, exercising regularly, even if it’s just going for a walk or lifting some hand weights, can do a lot when it comes to helping you keep your weight under control.
Dr. Paul Vitenas performs liposuction at his Houston, Texas, practice. To learn more about the procedure and to see if you’re a good candidate, call 281-484-0088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas today.