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4 February 2022

6 Tips for Maintaining Your Liposuction Results

Liposuction removes fat that you can't seem to get rid of through diet and exercise.

Although liposuction can dramatically improve the contours of your body, and the fat cells are removed permanently. You can still gain weight after lipo, albeit in different areas of your body.

It is an invasive procedure that costs time and money. Protect your investment in yourself and start making lifestyle changes before your procedure. By maintaining a regular exercise schedule, eating a good diet and choosing a healthy lifestyle, you'll enjoy your new contours for a long time.

So, how can you make sure your liposuction results last a long time? Maintaining liposuction outcomes is not difficult as long as you stay informed every step of the way.

Know What Liposuction Can Do

The key to ensuring long-lasting liposuction results is fully understanding how treatment works. During your assessment, our providers will speak in-depth about what you can expect from cosmetic surgery and recovery. You will also have a clearer sense of how long healing takes. Even though you can see some changes to your body after six weeks, it takes 6 – 10 months for your new and rejuvenated contours to show.

Wear your compression garment

Liposuction garments apply the optimal pressure on the treated areas which helps reducing the swelling and bruising. When making a selection on compression garments, patients have to be very careful to choose the size that fits them. If the garment is too tight, there will be too much pressure on the treated zone and instead of helping the reduction of the swelling it will have the opposite effect.

Plastic surgery procedures can be very painful and uncomfortable; wearing the appropriate liposuction garment improves patients’ post-operative experience. They support a good posture and help patients move more easily. Patients usually complain about the pain after the procedure because their bodies feel sore just as after an intense work out; wearing a liposuction garment reduces this feeling.

After a liposuction, the skin tissues might form ripples and bulges. This risk can be limited by wearing a liposuction garment which controls skin shrinkage and help with body contouring.

Eat Healthy Meals

Eating well-balanced meals keeps your body healthy and allows recovery to go more smoothly. Healthy foods also prevent you from gaining future weight and ruining your liposuction results. We recommend integrating fresh fruits and vegetables, protein, fiber, and vitamins into your diet to ensure your body contouring outcomes stay gorgeous long-term. Sugar and high-sodium foods can leave you feeling tired or bloated, which can affect your newfound confidence.

Following a nutritious diet is the best way to keep your body in shape after liposuction. For one, eating well will help you prevent future weight gain that might cause your unwanted body fat to return in the areas you’ve had treated. Your diet plays a role in determining not only how much fat your body has to store, but also how and where your body stores it. It’s important to eat the right kinds of fats and balance them with other nutrients like protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals to make sure your liposuction results don’t fade.

The foods you eat can also help keep you feeling better about your body on a daily basis. For example, things like carbonated beverages or high-sodium foods can cause you to bloat and feel heavier or out of shape. Or, neglecting to eat foods that give you energy can leave you tired or moody, which can affect your confidence and motivation. Be sure to fill your diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains — you’ll keep your results looking good, and you’ll feel great while doing so.

Mind your eating habits

We all have our Achilles heel when it comes to eating, but knowing yours and trying to maintain moderation is one of the best thing you can do for yourself when trying to maintain liposuction results.

For starters:

  • Cut down on simple carbohydrates like pasta, rice, and bread.
  • Eat less sugar and saturated fat.
  • Rely on fresh fruits and vegetables to make up the bulk of your diet.
  • Keep your blood sugar levels balanced by choosing complex carbohydrates like whole grains.
  • Eat lean protein like seafood, skinless poultry, dairy, beans, and soy.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Don’t skip meals, but do eat smaller meals throughout the day to prevent overeating.

Most people find the quickest way to lose weight is to limit carbohydrates to 20 grams or less per day. They skip sugars like white or brown sugar, honey, syrup, molasses, beer, milk, flavored yogurt, fruit juice, and fruit that is high on the glycemic index. They avoid starches like rice, cereal, flour, bread, pasta, muffins, bagels, crackers, and starchy vegetables like black beans, carrots, corn, peas, parsnips, and potatoes. Instead, they load up on low-carb vegetables like salad greens, asparagus, artichokes, cabbage, radishes, mushrooms, peas, and squash.

Make sleep a priority

Brigham Young University researchers found that people who maintain a regular sleep routine have a lower percentage of body fat than people who keep irregular hours. Variances as little as 90 minutes can impact how much fat one’s body stores.

In researching 300 female college students ages 19 to 26, they found that getting less than 6.5 hours of sleep or more than 8.5 hours of sleep was linked to higher body fat percentages. For one of the best results, develop a consistent sleep and wake time, 7 days a week.

Another study of obese women ages 35 to 55 who were undergoing a weight loss program found that getting adequate, quality sleep increased their odds of weight loss success by 33 percent. Researchers believe sleep aids in appetite suppression, hormone regulation, and metabolism – all essential to sustained weight loss.

Stay hydrated.

It might sound counterintuitive, but drinking the right amount of water helps reduce bloat due to water retention. If you stay properly hydrated, your body flushes extra water out of your system more effectively; instead of feeling frustrated by those few extra pounds of water weight, you’ll be able to shed it easily and fully enjoy your post-liposuction figure.

Proper hydration also curbs cravings and hunger, helping you stay on track with a healthy diet by avoiding overeating. Try getting in the habit of drinking a full glass of water every morning when you wake up — you might notice that you no longer need that extra mid-morning snack, or that you’re satisfied with a lighter, healthier breakfast. You can also carry a reusable bottle throughout the day to ensure you always have some water with you.

Exercise Regularly

After eating well, getting plenty of exercise helps the most with maintaining your liposuction results. Just like nutritious food, exercising keeps you looking good and feeling good. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins — hormones that give you healthy energy and boost your mood. This often creates a positive feedback cycle: the more you exercise, the more you come to enjoy it, and the better shape you’ll be in.

Following a proper exercise regimen can do more than just maintain your liposuction results — it can actually make them even better. Liposuction doesn’t affect your muscles, so if your goal is a fit, toned body, you’ll need to pair its fat-reducing abilities with strength-building workouts. And with less fat to pad your body, your fitness efforts will pay off more quickly than they used to. Most liposuction clients find that they’re more excited about working out after liposuction because they know they won’t be frustrated by stubborn fat any longer.

Reduce Unwanted Stress

Did you know that stress is one of the most common causes of unwanted weight gain? This is because stress raises cortisol levels, which creates cravings for unhealthy foods. While there are many ways to decrease stress, we encourage you to stay positive and strive for a consistent daily routine. Some additional tips include:

  • Try deep breathing

  • Listen to soothing music

  • Learn and practice relaxation techniques

  • Reduce your caffeine intake

Follow Our Advice For Recovery

Every cosmetic surgeon who provides liposuction will have their own set of post-op instructions and recommendations. With years of experience, our surgeons have found that certain tips and techniques help our clients heal faster and maintain their results for as long as possible.

We want to ensure that you love your results and that your procedure goes smoothly from start to finish, so it’s important to us that you follow our instructions carefully and always reach out if you have any questions.