Patients who come to me for liposuction in Downer’s Grove are usually so focused on the aesthetic enhancements after surgery that they tend to overlook the need for post-operative maintenance.
While the fat removed by liposuction is permanently removed (and can’t grow back), your existing fat cells can still shrink and enlarge in response to weight changes. If you can keep your weight stable and adopt consistent, healthy habits, you should be able to enjoy the improvements to your physique indefinitely.
Below are a few lifestyle factors that can help you main your liposuction results for good.
A Healthy Diet
A healthy diet contributes not only to maintaining the results of your liposuction procedure but also to the quality and longevity of your life. I recommend eating fresh produce, reducing your portion sizes and, if you need additional assistance, consulting with a registered dietician to develop a regimen that will help you remain fit and trim.
Choosing nutritious food before and immediately after your surgery will also help you heal as quickly and effectively as possible. Proper hydration can also support your healing, boost your metabolism, and contribute to your overall vitality.
Your Exercise Routine
Preserving the fat reduction that was achieved through liposuction also requires regular exercise. Many fat cells were removed, but your new physique will regress if you don’t get enough exercise. Develop an exercise routine that complements your diet, fits into your schedule, and capitalizes on your interests.
It’s important to wait until you’re fully recovered to resume exercise, which may take a few weeks. If your liposuction procedure was performed as part of a mommy makeover or other body contouring procedure, your timeline may be longer. I will give you detailed information about returning to exercise when we meet for a consultation.
Ensuring both quantity and quality of rest (between 7 and 9 hours a night) has several restorative and health benefits. Rest is key to muscle repair and recovery, but it also can impact your metabolism, inflammation levels, and regulating your appetite. In fact, sleep deprivation can undermine weight loss efforts, making it especially important that you get a good night’s sleep every night.
Practicing ways to reduce stress can reduce inflammation in the body, prevent appetite dysregulation, and stop your weight from creeping up unexpectedly. Mindfulness techniques, from breathwork and meditation to yoga, can all help you cultivate greater calmness and clarity. This awareness can also help you make more conscious choices about what you eat, when, and how much of it as well.
As you eat properly, optimize your rest, exercise more and maintain—or even continue to improve—your physique, the benefits will be many. You will feel better about the way you look and you will likely enjoy a more satisfying life. To see examples of the long-term results you can expect, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.