Getting liposuction is a decision that can help you to feel confident about your body. In order to ensure the best long term results there are a few things you should do before and after treatment.
Finding the right surgeon for you is crucial. When picking a doctor you want to ensure they are qualified and prepared to tailor the treatment to fit your body type and surgical objectives. As a liposuction patient, you will also want to be in optimum health going into treatment. This means regular exercise and healthy eating to make sure you are in good shape. You will also want to refrain from smoking and stop taking any anticoagulant medications two weeks before going under general anaesthesia.
The best liposuction candidates are patients who have not been medically characterised as overweight. If you have a lot of weight you are looking to lose and a significant amount of sagging skin, traditional liposuction may not be the best procedure for you. Speak to your doctor about treatment that will work for you, the closer you are to the ideal liposuction candidate, the better the results will be long term.
Compression is Key
Following surgery your compression garment should be your new best friend! The body’s natural response following treatment is to fill the treated area with fluid. By wearing your compression garment, you’re helping to control this, as well as reducing any pain and swelling that result from surgery. Ultimately, it will help your body adjust to your new shape. At a minimum you should wear your garment for two weeks following surgery, this is the time it should take for swelling to subside. However, some doctors recommend, and many patients prefer to wear their garments for up to six weeks for comfort.
Maintain Healthy Living
Additionally, after treatment it is important to stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Since it is natural your body will swell for several days post-surgery, drinking lots of fluids will prevent dehydration.
It will also be useful to monitor your fat and calorie consumption after surgery to improve long-term results. While the treated area won’t gain fat as easily, it is still possible if you are not mindful. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regime helps maintain results and possibly enhance them. It is important to remember that liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy balanced lifestyle and weight-loss.
You will also want to maintain an active recovery post-treatment - within the guidelines provided by your doctor. To help prevent blood clots, a possible complication that can occur after any surgery, you should do some comfortable walking daily. While you want to avoid remaining sedentary, you should avoid strenuous exercise for 4 weeks. Due to carrying less fat after liposuction, many patients tend to see quicker results from exercise. This can be a motivating factor for patients to continue living a healthier lifestyle.
It is important to remember that recovery and results are different for every patient. The long-term results of a slimmer, proportionate body shape are generally the same for most patients if they take the appropriate aftercare steps. You should always consult your doctor or a member of the Med-Ez team if you feel you need further support in managing your recovery.