21 Sep 2023 | by Dr. Vickram Tandon
If you’re near your ideal body weight, but struggling with persistent fat pockets, liposuction can be a powerful tool for contouring your body. This procedure artfully reshapes the body by selectively removing excess fat in targeted areas. However, what happens post-liposuction is equally vital. Maintaining your new body shape can be challenging, but it is achievable with the right strategies. Our goal is to equip you with the tools you need to preserve your newly sculpted figure and ensure your investment in liposuction pays off in the long run.
Liposuction (also referred to as lipoplasty or body contouring) is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat deposits to reshape specific areas of the body. Common targeted areas include the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, and even neck. The procedure employs a cannula, a small, thin tube, which is inserted through tiny incisions to vacuum out the fat layers lying deep beneath the skin.
Contrary to common misconceptions, liposuction is not a weight-loss strategy but a body contouring tool. It works best for individuals who are close to their ideal weight but need help with stubborn, localized fat deposits. These pockets of fat are often resistant to diet and exercise and can detract from the overall aesthetic appeal of your physique.
At the Boston Center for Plastic Surgery, our surgeons perform the latest liposuction procedures, including liposuction under local anesthesia. We are committed to helping you achieve your ideal physique by using the most efficient techniques to ensure patient safety, comfort, and the best possible results.
With years of experience and extensive knowledge of a wide range of plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures, Dr. Leonard Miller, Dr. Sean Doherty, and Dr. Vickram Tandon provide personalized liposuction treatment plans custom-tailored to your needs. Our goal is to ensure each and every procedure is positive, satisfying, and revitalizing.
What to Expect After Liposuction
Post-liposuction, you can expect a more sculpted and defined version of your body, depending on the areas treated. But it’s important to note that liposuction does not prevent future weight gain or fat accumulation. The remaining fat cells in your body can still grow if you gain weight, which may affect your liposuction results.
Furthermore, it’s worth mentioning that liposuction specifically targets subcutaneous fat, the fat found just beneath the skin. Intra-abdominal fat, which is located deeper within the body around the internal organs, is not addressed with this procedure and poses its own health risks if accumulated excessively.
That’s why maintaining these results is crucial for long-term satisfaction and success. The journey to body transformation doesn’t end when you leave the operating room; in fact, that’s where the true work begins.
Importance of Regular Exercise
A vital pillar in maintaining the results of your liposuction is a commitment to regular physical activity. Exercise not only helps maintain your weight but also keeps your muscles toned, supporting the newly sculpted shape of your body. Experts recommend doing at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise daily. This can include brisk walking, swimming, cycling, or any other physical activity that elevates your heart rate.
For optimal results, your exercise regimen should include a combination of aerobic exercises and resistance training. Aerobic exercises, or cardio, help burn calories and reduce fat, whereas resistance or strength training exercises, such as weightlifting, are effective in building and toning muscles. Toned muscles provide a firm foundation for your skin, enhancing the smooth, sculpted look achieved through liposuction.
Remember, starting an exercise routine post-liposuction should be a gradual process. Begin with light activities and gradually increase intensity as your body recovers and adjusts. Always consult with your surgeon or a fitness professional to design a safe and effective exercise routine.
Hydration and Dietary Habits
In addition to regular exercise, maintaining proper hydration and adopting healthy dietary habits are key to preserving your liposuction results. Adequate hydration helps control appetite, as thirst is often mistaken for hunger, leading to unnecessary snacking. Aim for at least eight glasses of water a day, and increase your intake if you’re engaging in strenuous activities or during hot weather.
Make sure that your diet is balanced with whole foods that are rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Protein supports muscle recovery and growth, which is especially important if you’re doing resistance training. Foods that are rich in fiber, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, will keep you feeling full for longer so that you don’t feel the need to snack as often. Healthy fats in avocados, nuts, and fish also help control hunger and provide essential nutrients.
Try to stay away from foods high in sugar and trans fats because these can lead to weight gain and jeopardize your liposuction results. Instead, aim for regular, balanced meals and mindful snacking. Remember, maintaining your post-liposuction body is not about restrictive dieting, but making sustainable changes to your eating habits.
Enhancing Results with Skin Tightening
To further enhance the results of your liposuction procedure, consider adding a skin tightening procedure such as Renuvion. Renuvion uses a combination of helium plasma and radiofrequency energy to tighten loose skin from within, helping to further refine your body’s contours. This procedure can be particularly beneficial if you’ve undergone liposuction and have mild to moderate skin laxity as a result. The end outcome? A firmer, more toned appearance that takes your liposuction results to the next level.
If you’ve been considering liposuction, whether it’s for larger areas or precision contouring, our team of experts at the Boston Center for Rejuvenation is ready to assist you on your transformation journey. Your well-being, satisfaction, and naturally sculpted results are our utmost concerns. We encourage you to read more about our philosophy and reach out today to schedule your personalized consultation. Allow us to help you attain the body shape you’ve always desired!