By Sacha Obaid
Fat removal through liposuction can be a life-changing experience, offering results that for many patients are simply un-achievable through any other methods. The improvement in your overall look can provide a big boost to your confidence and self-esteem.
Getting the most out of your procedure, however, requires you to adjust your lifestyle to match your new-and-improved body. This means healthy living across the board, and the more diligent you are the more impressed you will be with the outcome. Read on to discover how you can avoid weight gain after liposuction and maintain your beautiful new appearance.
1. Join a gym.
Whether or not you have started exercising regularly prior to your surgery, it is even more important to do so after a liposuction procedure. To prevent yourself from gaining weight after your procedure, it is important that you get regular physical activity. Fortunately, there are more options than ever when it comes to exercising, and you should definitely try out as many different workouts as you need until you find one that feels right and works for you.
2. Motivate yourself.
Pre-op photos or a detailed weight-loss diary can be strong motivators as you face temptation and cravings following your procedure. Seeing the way you looked before your surgery, for example, will remind you of how far you have come and will help you stay `focused on maintaining your current weight. Meanwhile, recording your weight loss in a journal or even just keeping a food diary can also be very helpful in avoiding weight gain. We tend to “fudge” the numbers when we try to keep track of things mentally; writing everything down, even during the bad weeks, can help you keep an accurate record of your progress and stay on track.
3. Update your diet.
When it comes to your diet, there are a number of essentials: cut out sugar, fat, and salt, and add more lean protein, fruits, and vegetables. Some other general tips are to eat at home and eat meals that you make yourself from fresh ingredients, sticking to whole grains when you can and avoiding refined wheats and pastries. When preparing foods at home, swap butter and margarine out for cooking oil, and consider not frying and sautéing food altogether, opting for baking and broiling techniques instead.
4. Prepare and recover well.
One of the best ways to optimize your procedure’s results is to simply follow your surgeon’s pre- and post-op instructions. Not smoking, for example, is a big one. Your surgeon will likely insist that you do so before surgery and wil be absolutely adamant that you stop during recovery, so take this opportunity to talk to your doctor about options for nicotine replacement and other techniques.
Prior to surgery, your doctor will probably also recommend that you start taking a multivitamin. This is meant to supplement your diet; you still need to make sure you get enough to eat and are well-nourished. After surgery, make sure you wear compression garments if they are recommended for you. You should also stay hydrated, while avoiding alcohol and excessive amounts of caffeine.
Check with a certified plastic surgeon if you have any further questions about how to prepare for surgery or for specific recommendations for recovery following your procedure.