Liposuction sounds like such a simple procedure. You go in, get a little fat removed, and then go about your life. But it can actually be much more complex. That’s why we’re compiling these five liposuction tips to help you end up with great results. Of course, these tips should not be substituted for actual medical advice (always, always listen to your plastic surgeon).
Tips and Tricks for Lipousction
But there are a lot of misconceptions about liposuction out there. And clearing up those misconceptions can help patients get better results—or at least keep their expectations in line. So let’s take a quick look at five tips that can help you get the most out of your liposuction procedure.
Tip #1: Do Not Use Liposuction as a Weight Loss Tool
There are plenty of us who want to lose weight—and lose it fast. Some might even say it’s the great American endeavor. Just think about how much money we spent on gym memberships and specialized diets. However, you probably should not think about Liposuction as a weight loss tool. At least, not on a broad scale.
Liposuction is intended to help you eliminate stubborn areas of fat—those places of your body that seem to resist diet and exercise. There are, of course, surgical ways to lose a significant amount of weight. But bariatric surgery is usually better suited to that than liposuction will be. However, liposuction is a great way to sculpt and contour you those stubborn, troublesome areas!
Tip #2: Maintain a Consistent Weight
This goes hand in hand with tip #1. It’s helpful to maintain a consistent weight when you’re going thinking about or going through a liposuction procedure. Most surgeons will urge patients to keep their weight stable, whether they are near their ideal weight or far from it. Of course, that’s one of the reasons why surgeons do recommend that patients be at a pretty comfortable weight.
Once your liposuction is complete, you’ll notice that your results will look significantly better if you continue to maintain a consistent weight. Most surgeons will advise you to refrain from gaining or even losing weight wherever possible. That’s because your new look will be perfectly calibrated to the way you look now!
Tip #3: Consider a Tummy Tuck
Most people get a liposuction of fat located around the belly. (Although, I should certainly note that statement is far from universal.) In any place you get liposuction, you’re likely going to see some excess skin. This can be especially problematic around the tummy, but not exclusively.
That’s why many surgeons will recommend undergoing a tummy tuck concurrently with your liposuction. That way you can eliminate the fat and firm up the tummy at the same time. This basic one-two punch can also be applied in other areas of the body where you’re getting liposuction: fat removal and skin tightening usually combine to give you the desired final look.
Tip #4: Know What You Want
Your plastic surgeon will have some ideas of how to give you the best look possible, transforming your aesthetics within the limits of what your anatomy will allow. But it’s always a good idea for you to be in the driver’s seat, to know what you want. And to know that you do indeed want surgery.
One of the best ways to predict satisfication from any plastic surgery procedure, liposuction included, is to take note of the patient’s desire for plastic surgery. This may sound kind of obvious, but it’s worth saying: those who want plastic surgery tend to be more satisfied with the results.
Tip #5: Plan For Your Recovery
Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure. The incisions are usually only a few centimeters long. However, that doesn’t mean you’re going to be incredibly spry and energetic after your procedure. That’s because liposuction is doing a lot of work beneath the skin.
For most patients, liposuction recovery is measured in a matter of weeks. After the first or second week (depending on the procedure), you’ll likely be back at work. But it could be a little while longer before the swelling has subsided enough for you to really appreciate your results.
That’s why we always recommend that patients really plan for their recovery—know how long it’s going to take, and ask for advice about taking care of themselves.
Following these tips won’t always be easy or expedient, and your surgeon will likely have much to add to this list. But hopefully this helps you on your way towards really enjoying—and being satisfied with—your liposuction procedure. Hopefully these five liposuction tips to help you get great results do just that.