After your liposuction procedure, you may wonder what would happen if you gained weight. After all, you’ve done all the hard work already like exercising and eating right, reaching an ideal weight and living a healthy lifestyle. Now you’ve achieved the sculpted look you’ve always wanted -and you like it!
You’d be frustrated and sad if gaining a few pounds would jeopardize your new and beautiful body contours.
The good news is even if you add a few pounds, you’ll still be able to enjoy your new physique. You don’t want to gain more than nine or 10 pounds, however. Gaining that much weight after liposuction will affect your post-liposuction body shape.
Typically, you should weigh less after liposuction. If six pounds of fat were removed through liposuction, you would weigh six pounds less after the procedure. If you gained those six pounds, you’d be back to your starting weight. If you gained 10 pounds or more, then your body could potentially produce new fat, which will accumulate in areas of your body that have not been treated with liposuction.
So if you had liposuction of the hips, outer thighs, or abdomen, more of the new fat will deposit in other body areas like the neck, back, upper arms, legs, face, and breasts.
It’s so important to maintain your ideal weight and healthy lifestyle post-liposuction. In this article, we’ll share six ways for staying fit after your liposuction procedure that will not only help your recovery, they will allow you to maintain your liposuction results for life.
1. Don’t Take Your Compression Garment For Granted
Immediately after your procedure, your doctor probably recommended you wear a compression garment. Wearing it at all times for the first four weeks helps to reduce swelling, speed up recovery, and eventually help you to maintain the results more easily.
Skipping it or putting it on and taking it off repeatedly can increase your risk of seroma, fluids that can build up under the surface of your skin. If left untreated, a seroma can result in serious complications.
Another thing to keep in mind about that fluid that can build up? It causes swelling, which can make it difficult for you to see your full results. It’s best to wear the garment as instructed.
2. Remember Liposuction Does Not Lead To Weight Loss
Although you will lose some weight from the procedure, it’s important to know that liposuction is not a weight-loss treatment. You should be close to your target body weight before your liposuction procedure, so you can feel fit as a fiddle and ready for the good life after it.
As a cosmetic contouring procedure, liposuction trims, tightens, and tones specific areas of the body where pockets of stubborn fat don’t respond to a good diet and exercise. The procedure itself is not recommended in place of a healthy diet or exercise, nor does it lead to permanent weight loss.
To maintain your liposuction results, you must do all the sensible things that will help you maintain your target body weight before your surgery, so you don’t put weight on and potentially help your remaining fat cells to grow.
3. Make Water Your Drink Of Choice
The benefits of drinking water cannot be overstated. Keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day satiates your appetite, helps you feel fuller after a meal, and curbs the amount of food you eat.
Drinking enough water also makes your skin supple, keeps your brain working at optimal level, and allows your body to get through your favorite exercise routine with ease. People who are chronically dehydrated will feel hungrier, have more trouble concentrating, and simply don’t feel the best they can feel.
If you choose to take sugary drinks full of artificial ingredients and too many caffeinated beverages, it will weaken your bodily functions and whittle away at your diet will power without you even realizing it.
Depending upon your overall health, exercise level and the environment you live in, the well-known “eight 8-oz. glasses a day” advice might not be enough, though. Because you also lose water from your body through breathing, perspiring and regular trips to the bathroom, it’s recommended that men drink about 15.5 cups of fluids and women drink about 11.5 cups of fluids a day. Most hydration comes from water and about 20 percent comes from other beverages and the food you eat.
4. Maintain Regular Exercise
To keep the results of your liposuction, you should go back to—or start—regular exercise routine that includes both aerobic activities and resistance exercises once your body has healed. In most cases, you can start working out again 6 weeks after your surgery.
You should start with walking, running, swimming or water aerobics, cycling, or playing sports after the 6 weeks point, as these are typically gentler on your body. Resistance training can start slowly while you gradually build up your effort to lifting weights. Exercises that use a rubber band and smaller weights can get you into the habit of regular resistance training.
Now is the time to keep more activity into your regular routine, too. An active lifestyle that includes movement throughout the day will keep you in good physical condition and help you avoid the weight gain associated with sedentary habits.
They say sitting is the new smoking, so get up from your work area or television-watching pose every hour and walk around the house. Take phone calls standing up, climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator, and park your car a short walk away from your destination. These simple practices can help you get into the habit of moving even if you aren’t a fan of exercise.
5. Keep Your Diet Healthy
It’s important to maintain a healthy weight after liposuction. Keep bad eating habits at bay by eating unprocessed foods and beverages that are low in fat and sugar.
Healthy choices include lean proteins, low-fat meat with visible fat removed, low-fat dairy, lots of vegetables, fruit, and plenty of fiber. Choose healthy cooking methods too, like broiling, roasting, boiling, poaching, grilling, and baking rather than frying or cooking with a lot of butter.
6. Reduce Stress
Stress is one of the main causes of weight gain. Stress raises cortisol levels, which could give you a reason for craving unhealthy foods. Junk food eaten during stressful periods reduces the number of calories burned by the body and raises insulin levels, which in turn could cause increased fat storage. You want to avoid this cycle if you have had liposuction.
Stay positive, take time each day to relax, and be grateful for the good things in your life. Other great forms of stress management include:
- Deep breathing
- Tai Chi
- Drawing, painting, or coloring
Maintain Your Liposuction Results For Life
Liposuction is one of the best ways to permanently remove stubborn belly fat, improve your self-esteem, and to enhance your quality of life.
When you schedule a consultation with Proffer Surgical Associates, our team will answer any questions you have regarding how to look and feel your best every day, provide honest recommendations for your expectations and offer personalized advice on what to do before and after any treatments to get the best results. Together we'll address your specific needs and tailor a solution just for you.