The thighs, belly and upper inner arms are notorious for being prone to stubborn fat – the type that won’t go away despite exercise and proper diet. For people who have this problem, liposuction is a recommended surgical procedure as it involves removing fat deposits from specific areas of the body. The aim of the procedure is for the patient to have a chiseled, better-looking body.
Preparing for the Procedure
Undergoing liposuction means undergoing surgery. As all kinds of aesthetic surgical treatments, it’s of utmost importance to prepare well beforehand to ensure the success of the operation and avoid any possible complications.
If you’re a candidate for cosmetic surgery, your doctor will provide you with a list of important dos and don’ts to remember before, during and after the procedure. For liposuction, some of the guidelines may include the following:
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1. Be thoroughly informed
Before undergoing liposuction, you should have already gotten all the information you need about liposuction from your cosmetic surgeon and GP. They should have already answered all your questions and you are comfortable with getting liposuction.
However, don’t hesitate to do some additional research if you are unclear about certain things. You especially have to know what to expect post-op since the recovery time can be tricky. Make sure you set realistic expectations for the procedure as well.
Aside from doing your own research, always ask and consult your doctors whenever you have any question even if it is just days before the procedure.
2. Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding medication
If you are taking prescription medication, tell your surgeon and GP about them. This is because certain drugs can inhibit blood clotting and interfere with anesthesia.
In case you are taking this type of medicine, your specialists may take you off these medications temporarily or recommend other options.
3. Avoid direct sun exposure
Extreme sun exposure, especially weeks before the procedure, can lower the potential success rate of the surgery. Constant and prolonged sun exposure can also cause the skin to become loose over time and make liposuction less effective.
And as always, use sunscreen to protect your skin against harmful UV rays. Exercise more caution and stay away in the sun in the weeks before surgery.
4. Work out regularly and follow a healthy diet
To avoid a prolonged and problematic post-op recovery period, have a healthy diet plan preferably under the guidance of a nutritionist before and even after liposuction. Your surgeon and nutritionist will recommend you increase your consumption of lean proteins which will support faster healing.
You also need to maintain a regular exercise and fitness regimen to keep your skin more elastic and supple before and after the procedure. These will help you achieve better results with liposuction.
5. Follow your surgeon’s pre-operation instructions
Before undergoing liposuction, your cosmetic surgeon will give you a list of things to do 24 hours prior to the surgery. These include:
- Getting a good night’s sleep
- Washing your hair
- Using antibacterial soap when taking a bath
- Preparing your post-op bed or room
Make sure you stock up on loose comfy clothes, low sodium food, water and other items you will need for the next days following surgery. Ensure all of these items are within your reach.
1. Rely on the treatment to lose weight
Liposuction is not a weight loss treatment program and it will not prevent future weight gain. As such, it is important that you maintain your weight at or near the level you consider ideal before you undergo liposuction. In case you don’t, you may see your surgical results erased within a few months’ time when your weight cycles go up again.
However, keep in mind that healthy weight loss regimens such as a balanced diet and regular exercise activities will lead to healthy, stable weight loss. This, in turn, will also help your body go through a smooth recovery phase after liposuction.
2. Drink alcohol
Alcohol thins blood which can delay healing and increase bruising. Your doctor will also ask you to refrain from drinking alcohol for at least a week after the procedure.
3. Smoke or use tobacco products
Just like alcohol, nicotine will prolong your recovery. It can also increase the chances of post-surgical complications. You will also be asked to stop smoking or using tobacco products one week following surgery.
4. Take herbal supplements
If you are taking herbal supplements, you will have to stop taking them at least two weeks before the procedure. This is because certain herbal supplements such as ginkgo biloba, green tea extract, ginseng and garlic can interact adversely with anesthesia.
5. Eat and drink eight hours before the surgery
If your stomach is not completely empty before the procedure, there is a chance you could regurgitate while you are under general anesthesia. When this happens, food or water could enter your lungs.
As such, do not eat or drink anything eight before the procedure. This includes sipping water or and chewing gum.
If you eat or drink anything within this time frame before the surgery, your surgeon will cancel the procedure for your own safety.
With liposuction, you can have a contoured body, one that can boost your confidence and make you feel better about yourself. And to enjoy the results and have a faster recovery time, make sure you follow the tips above and all instructions given to you by your surgeon.