You have undergone liposuction to get those slimmer, trimmer curves. You have invested money, time, and emotion into these procedures, so it’s important to protect those great end results. While it may take a few months before the final results are seen, you should still undertake the steps that will keep those liposuction results in place.
Follow Post-Operative Instructions
Follow the doctor’s instructions for after care to ensure a smooth recovery, and go to all scheduled follow-up appointments. It is critical to wear the compression garments properly and for the length of time your doctor suggests. After the liposuction procedure, the remaining fat cells beneath the skin must remodel as the healing process begins. The remodeling allows the fat and skin cells to re-attach to the body. If compression is not properly applied, it can lead to sagging skin. Many people fail to understand the importance of compression the first 7 – 10 days after the procedure, which can make the difference between a positive result and one that results in wrinkling of the skin or unevenness. In addition to remodeling the skin, there is swelling that occurs and adequate compression is critical to contain the swelling and help the skin retain and learn its new shape.
Diet After Liposuction
It should go without saying that you should eat a nutritious, well balanced diet to keep that trim figure. Some things you should do for a healthy diet include:
- Eat a healthy breakfast
- Eat lots of fresh foods
- Avoid refined carbs
- Eat a lot of “super foods” such as greens to add fiber, antioxidants and minerals to your diet
- Choose lean proteins, such as fish, turkey and chicken
Get Moving and Exercise!
Exercise after liposuction is incredibly important when attempting to keep up your liposuction results, so find an exercise routine that you like and stay with it. It can include anything, including weights, cardio, swimming, yoga, or outdoor activities such as hiking. Switch up this exercise routine so you don’t get bored and quit. By exercising for at least 20 to 30 minutes per day, you will be boosting your metabolism, which will help keep your liposuction results looking great.
Find a Partner
Using an accountability partner will help you diet and exercise regularly. Find a family member, coworker, or friend who is also interested in staying fit. Having each other for support will help keep your motivation level high. You can schedule weekly or daily check-ins with your partner to keep both of you on track!
Make Changes Before Surgery
If you want to avoid weight gain after liposuction, making small lifestyle changes before you undergo the liposuction procedure can go a long way towards making your liposuction results stick. Starting a diet and exercise program before undergoing liposuction will also help you heal faster, as well as provide better results.
Dr. Wright and his staff at Laser Lipo and Vein Center will be happy to discuss these and other ways to make sure that your liposuction results remain the best they can be! Contact us today to learn more about avoiding weight gain after liposuction!