Liposuction is a surgical procedure that targets stubborn fat cells in your body that seem to be resisting normal weight loss techniques such as diet and exercise. Liposuction will remove excess fat deposits in localized areas of your body, giving you a jump on weight loss that you may not be able to achieve on your own.
Liposuction is a very effective and popular procedure in this country. While it can touch up your results after significant weight loss it is not a guarantee that excess weight will stay off. In fact, if you have recently undergone liposuction, you may be thinking about a plan for working to keep the weight off AFTER your procedure.
There are several tips for liposuction patients that can help keep the weight off after a procedure:
- Sticking to an Exercise Plan
Of course, your surgical team will limit your physical activity immediately after surgery. But once you have recovered and get the green light to resume normal activity, you should plan to build up your exercise regimen to keep your metabolism up and the weight off. This can include both cardiovascular training (like walking/jogging/swimming) as well as weight bearing exercise. It is often helpful to plan your workout regimen to include a friend or partner to increase accountability and success.
- Healthy Eating
As you might expect, it is possible to eat enough after liposuction surgery to gain back all of the weight that you lost before you had the surgery. It is critical to prioritize healthy eating after surgery. This does not mean depriving yourself of all calories and fat. Healthy eating is a cornerstone to maintaining a healthy weight. Your physician will be able to help guide you in this area and you may even decide to partner with a nutritionist for this planning. Eating lots of fruits, veggies and whole grains and limiting your intake of sugar and high fat foods are a great way to start eating healthy.
- The Importance of Sleep
One element of healthy weight maintenance that often gets less attention than diet and exercise is sleep. Did you know that those individuals who get a good night’s rest (8 hours or more) are more successful in keeping a healthy weight? When you do not sleep, your body actually produces hormones that make you hungrier. So treat yourself to a good night’s sleep each and every night!
The take home message here is that while it is extremely effective in removing excess fat, liposuction alone will not keep weight off over time. It can be seen as a component of achieving a healthy weight and slim figure, but the secret to keeping weight off after liposuction is maintaining a healthy diet, exercise regimen and getting adequate rest. It is a balance that is difficult to find for anyone, but well worth the rewards.
If you are looking for a board certified surgical team to discuss more specifics of the liposuction procedure, call Allure Plastic Surgery of Miami at (305) 479-2991 to schedule a free consultation.