Liposuction can provide many big changes to the body that might be a bit intimidating, especially once you start thinking about how you will maintain them. It’s true that liposuction isn’t a permanent way to keep your body looking sleek and trim, but it is a second chance at keeping yourself looking that way. If you want your liposuction or SlimLipo results to last forever, you’ll have to do some of the work. If you’d rather skip out on a follow-up treatment to get a third chance at looking great, pay attention to the following tips.
Why Aren’t SlimLipo Results Permanent?
Most plastic surgeons will tell you that liposuction procedures like SlimLipo can provide only semi-permanent results. The fat cells that are melted and removed during a SlimLipo treatment will never grow back, but it is possible for other nearby fat cells to swell larger and grow bigger. Overeating, lack of exercise and poor lifestyle habits can all contribute to weight gain and the accumulation of excess fat all over again. There is no surgery that can force you to change your lifestyle, but if you want to turn a semi-permanent SlimLipo treatment into a permanent solution, you’ll need to do something differently this time around.
Liposuction treatments will also not be able to stop the aging process from marching forward. Even after the tightening effects the SlimLipo laser has on the skin, it will age and lose elasticity eventually. You’ll eventually lose some of the firmness and contour. Your skin will start to show its age. Still, you’ll be a step ahead of everyone else because you had this procedure and you’ll be better prepared to manage your weight and the effects of aging.
The Right Diet: Before and After SlimLipo
Preparing your body for the SlimLipo procedure with a healthy diet is crucial. You’ll get your best liposuction results if you’re close to your ideal weight and can maintain your size with proper diet and regular exercise. These tactics will help create a better body contour, allowing your surgeon the best access to your trouble spots. Make sure you eat a balanced diet full of vitamins and rich nutrients. Drink plenty of water every day to keep your skin healthy both inside and out.
After your surgery, it’s not time to reach for the potato chips just yet. Your healing, post-SlimLipo body will need food for energy, but not junk food. Stick to your well-balanced, healthy eating plan and stay hydrated each day for a better body and a smoother recovery. Your plastic surgeon may have some advice about what to eat. For a complete eating plan that includes everything your healing body will need, consult with a nutritionist before your surgery and make yourself a recovery meal plan. This can also help eliminate some of the stress you might be feeling during your SlimLipo recovery time.
The Importance of Exercise
Just as you’ll hear the benefits of a healthy diet mentioned over and over again, your plastic surgeon will most likely encourage you to make regular exercise a part of your new lifestyle. Even though those removed fat cells can’t return, exercise can play a big role in keeping extra weight off of your body and preventing the growth of other fat cells. By combining proper diet with exercise, you’ll be regulating your calorie intake and output at a healthy rate, which helps maintain your body mass. Some studies have even shown that exercise can take this prevention even farther: moderate physical activity has been linked with stopping the growth of visceral fat following any liposuction treatment.
As far as both weight and aging are concerned, exercise boosts the body’s production of collagen and elastin. Skin cells need these essential ingredients to stay tight and firm, keeping the skin looking more youthful at the same time. As exercise boosts skin’s elasticity and reduces fat accumulation, it really is the perfect method of preventing the undoing of your SlimLipo results. Not to mention the benefits of endorphins on your mental health as well. All in all, exercise can only do your body good, before and after a SlimLipo procedure. Discuss your exercise plan with your surgeon to make sure you leave enough time for healing and will be ready for the intensity level you choose.
This post was written by Dr. Philip Schoenfeld of RENU Artful Medicine. Dr. Schoenfeld is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon serving Chevy Chase, MD and Washington DC metropolitan area.