How to Maintain Liposuction Results

Unwanted body fat can be a frustrating problem, especially when it proves stubborn against diet and exercise efforts. If you’re looking into your options for achieving your ideal physique, you might be interested in liposuction — it’s one of the most straightforward and effective choices and been used for many years by plastic surgeons to help their patients sculpt their bodies with precision and ease. It’s minimally invasive, which means it only requires minor surgical techniques and therefore has a shorter recovery time than a full surgery. And it can be used in many different areas of the body, from the abdomen to the chin.

But one main reason liposuction is a favorite of surgeons and clients alike is its potentially long-lasting effects. The body has a certain number of fat cells from birth — when you gain or lose weight, these cells shrink and expand rather than your body “growing” new fat cells. The liposuction procedure permanently removes fat cells from your body in the areas where enlarged fat cells are difficult to shrink down. Once these cells are gone, they won’t grow back.

This doesn’t mean, however, that the remaining fat cells are immune to future weight gain. It is possible for the areas you treated with liposuction to grow back into those unwanted bulges and bumps. It’s also possible for other areas on your body to retain fat that may have once been stored in the cells that were removed. In order to make sure that your liposuction results will last a lifetime, you’ll need to take care of your body after your procedure. These are our expert surgeons’ top recommendations for maintaining your new and improved figure.

Use Proper Aftercare Techniques

Even though recovery from liposuction is shorter and simpler than recovery from a more intensive surgery, it’s still important to follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions very carefully. A quick and seamless recovery will ensure that you love your results, which will further motivate you to maintain them over time. Every surgeon uses their own expertise and technique, combined with their knowledge of your particular treatment, to create a recovery plan just for you. Usually, your surgeon will go through this plan with you before your liposuction and then send you home with written instructions afterward. Be sure to ask any questions about instructions that aren’t clear, and to always talk to your surgeon first if anything should arise. Among other things, your provider may recommend:

  • A few days’ rest from normal activities like work or household upkeep
  • Taking prescription or over-the-counter pain medications
  • Avoiding strenuous exercise
  • Wearing a compression garment
  • Using a topical treatment for swelling, bruising or scarring

Stick to a Fitness Routine

Getting regular exercise — both cardio and strength training — is the best way to maintain and even further sculpt your body. Exercise uses up your body’s energy, much of which is stored in fat tissue. When you eat foods that your body would usually use for fuel, but you don’t exercise enough to use those nutrients before they are stored, your fat cells grow larger. Working out can both use up energy before it is stored and burn stored energy to reduce overall body fat. If you’re worried about maintaining liposuction results because you usually find it difficult to maintain a regular workout regimen, you’re not alone. While many of our patients find that their motivation to exercise is stronger now that they are fully confident in their body, you can also try a few of these tactics to help you stick to your routine:

  • Build a routine slowly rather than making big changes to your lifestyle all at once
  • Try alternative workouts (like rock climbing, dancing or bicycling) instead of the gym
  • Work out with a family member or friend so they can hold you accountable for your exercise
  • Use a fitness-tracking app or device to set and keep exercise goals

Follow a Healthy Diet

Eating well is the counterpart to working out. If you want to keep your new figure or lose more weight, you need to make sure you are not consuming more energy than you are using when you exercise. This doesn’t mean that you need to cut out all your favorite foods or stick to a particular “diet plan” — you just need to be conscious of what foods you eat and how much of them you are eating. For example, you can:

  • Choose smaller servings of sweets
  • Eat protein- and fiber-full foods to help curb appetite and cravings
  • Choose lean proteins over red meats and fats
  • Replace calorie-heavy foods like bread and pasta with leafy greens and brown rice 

You might also want to stick to a low-sodium diet, particularly in the weeks following your liposuction procedure. Salty, sodium-heavy foods will cause your body to retain water, making you look and feel more swollen than you really are. Staying hydrated can also help your body flush out excess water and help you see your results more clearly.

Liposuction can produce excellent results when you take care of yourself, and when it is performed by expert hands. Be sure to choose a reputable and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon for your procedure — not only can you rest assured that you’ll receive high-quality treatment, but you’ll also be in good hands for your recovery and beyond. Learn more about liposuction in El Paso, Texas — schedule your consultation with the expert team at the Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Centers of El Paso. Contact one of our two convenient locations today — you can reach our Eastside office at 915-855-7800 or our West El Paso location at 915-543-5600.

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