What to Do Before Liposuction
Liposuction is the most performed cosmetic surgery in America, helping men and women look wonderful in their own skin. It is a go-to procedure for fat reduction, body toning, and eliminating stubborn fat. It also gives our patients a boost in confidence and can jump-start their body shaping program to youthful contours.
The things you do leading up to your liposuction procedure can significantly impact your aesthetic results. Here are a few hints on what to do before the procedure.
Hit Your Goal Weight
There is no exact weight you should achieve before liposuction. However, an essential prep tip is to reach your target weight or get close to it many months before surgery.
Remember—reaching your goal weight is different from attaining your ideal body. Many people have excess fat in certain areas, even after achieving their target weight.
While removing excess fat can help you realize a leaner, slimmer body contour, only exercise can tone your underlying muscles. Eliminating excess fat will reveal muscles for what they are. For example, you’ll need to work on your abdominal muscles if you want highly defined abdominals.
Start building muscles through weight training several months before your operation. This will enhance your body sculpting benefits, improve your strength, and position you for optimal healing.
Manage Your Diet
Eating the right foods is part of a healthy lifestyle. But when you’re preparing for liposuction, it’s more critical. You should have two goals with your strategic pre-lipo diet: boost your overall health for proper healing during your recovery and increase skin elasticity. Both will follow if you consume the right foods, such as:
- All kinds of berries (blueberries, blackberries, acai berries)
- Omega 3 fatty acids
- Healthy oils like olive and walnut
- Any type of squash
- Spices like turmeric and cinnamon
Proper hydration is also crucial, so drink at least sixty-four ounces of water daily.
Refrain From Nicotine Products
Nicotine use is well known to disrupt the benefits of cosmetic surgery. Nicotine restricts your blood flow, limiting your wounds from receiving valuable oxygen and nutrients. Your blood vessels flowing freely play a central role in achieving optimal results. When blood flow is restricted, the outcome is compromised.
Excellent blood flow can also significantly impact your recovery process, from healing quickly to reducing your blood clot risk. To ensure a safe surgery and successful recovery, you should stop smoking as soon as you decide to have liposuction.
Get Your Home Ready
After liposuction, you’ll need to spend time at home recuperating. To help the recovery process go smoothly, here are some things you can do to prepare your home. For example, if you generally eat at home, you may want to pre-cook and freeze meals for a couple of weeks. Or arrange for a meal delivery service or for someone cook for you.
You should arrange your furniture so that your bed is easily accessible from the first floor or so that you have a comfortable chair to relax in near your bed. And reorganize your closet. Make loose-fitting loungewear readily available for easy accessibility.
Choose the Right Surgeon
Finally, you should not schedule liposuction surgery until you are confident you’ve chosen the right surgeon. They should listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and fully understand your desired results.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Bresnick will help you feel comfortable with your decision, and work with you to achieve your cosmetic goals.