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Maintaining results after liposuction


With the summer season fast approaching, one of the more commonly requested procedures that patients ask for is liposuction. The decision to undergo liposuction can result in an improvement in the appearance and contour of your body. Most people report a boost in self-esteem after undergoing liposuction. However, one of the common misconceptions about liposuction is that you can return to the same old habits which led to your decision to have liposuction in the first place. On the contrary, maintaining results after liposuction requires adopting certain lifestyle modifications.

One of the most important changes you can make is to exercise regularly. In the early postoperative period, it is best to avoid vigorous exercise while you're recovering from your liposuction procedure. I recommend that patients walk as much as possible in the days and weeks following your surgery. Not only will this help prevent blood clots and other complications, it can help getting you feeling back to normal quicker. Once you've fully healed from the procedure, your surgeon will clear you to resume a regular exercise regimen.

An important adjunct to a regular exercise schedule is eating healthy. It is true that most of the visible benefits of exercise won't be appreciated without a healthy diet. In general, you want to incorporate more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein into your diet, while reducing the intake of sugars, simple carbohydrates and saturated fats. Eating several smaller meals throughout the day will help maintain your energy levels and keep you from feeling deprived between meals. Drinking a sufficient amount of water during the day is also important. Staying hydrated helps control hunger, maintains a healthy metabolism and aids in digestion.

Although liposuction can dramatically improve the contours of your body, it is not magic. You can still gain weight after liposuction, 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.


The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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