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Lifestyle Changes to Make After Liposuction

August 28, 2014

Liposuction is a popular cosmetic treatment that is great for removing stubborn pockets of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise. Common areas for liposuction include the hips, back, buttocks, and abdomen but it can be used on many areas of the body to great success.

Healthy Diet And Exercise

Undergoing a liposuction treatment is not the end of the story, however. In order to maintain the results of your procedure, you will likely have to make some lifestyle choices that will help you keep your new, trim figure. Once a patient has recovered from their treatment, they will need to actively seek a healthy lifestyle including eating well and exercising regularly in order to prevent the formation of fat cells deeper in the body. Those who do not exercise and eat healthy following this procedure may be at increased risk of heart disease and diabetes due to the formation of unhealthy visceral fat between their organs.

There are thus three main factors in maintaining results. In many cases, patients will find it easier to make these lifestyle changes before undergoing their procedure so that they are eager to return to their healthy lifestyle once they have recovered instead of putting it off over and over again until they are “fully healed”.

  1. Healthy diet: A healthy diet is one that is low in fats and sugars and high in vitamins and raw foods like vegetables. Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle but can be a great opportunity to make the necessary changes in your eating habits.
  2. Regular exercise: An exercise schedule heavy on cardio vascular activities will help you keep your new physique and will reduce the risk of your body forming dangerous visceral fat.
  3. Achieving your ideal weight: The results of your liposuction procedure will be much easier to maintain if you have achieved your ideal weight before you undergo the treatment. It will also decrease the risk of extreme weight fluctuations following the procedure and will make your results look more proportional in the long run. Weight gained after a liposuction procedure can make the body look out-of-balance. 

Many exercises will not be allowed immediately following your procedure so be sure you have a system in place to motivate you to get back to it once you get approval from your physician. You should be able to begin – or continue – your recommended exercise regimen within 6-8 weeks of your procedure.


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