It’s one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures on the planet, but getting the most out of your liposuction can be a little tricky. After all, the body as a whole is quite complex—there are, as you may have noticed, quite a few moving parts. Making a change to your body in the manner that liposuction does is something that should be undertaken with a significant amount of thought.
How can You Get the Most Out of Your Liposuction?
That’s why we have a few tips on how you can get the most out of your liposuction. To be sure, these tips are not as detailed or instrumental as the instructions your surgeon would give you (by comparison, our tips are meant primarily for entertainment). That said, these liposuction tips can at least give you a kind of starting place—somewhere to begin a discussion with your surgeon.
Because getting the most out of your liposuction is going to be important for patients—it’s a procedure that can make significant changes to your body. It’s only natural to want to get the most you can out of those changes.
Be Close to Your Target Weight
There’s no hard and fast rule that says you have to be your ideal weight in order to get liposuction. In fact, there are many patients who aren’t necessarily all that close to what would be considered their ideal body mass. However, liposuction is not in itself an effective weight loss solution if you’re looking to lose weight everywhere. For that, you’d want to try some type of bariatric surgery.
However, liposuction can be used to target stubborn areas of fat that diet and exercise leave behind. And that’s why it’s useful to be near your target weight. It’s only when you’re near that target weight that you’ll see and notice which areas of your body appear the most immune to your lifestyle.
In other words, if you’re near your target weight, those stubborn areas of fat will be easier to spot. Areas of fat that might actually respond to diet and exercise are harder to spot when there’s more diet and exercise you could be doing. The closer you are to your target weight, the better idea you’ll have about what liposuction can effectively address.
Keep a Consistent Weight
Once you are in that target weight zone (and, again, this doesn’t necessarily mean your “ideal” weight—just where you want to be) the best way to get the most out of your liposuction is to stay there. According to the website of the Houston liposuction surgeon Dr. Charles Polsen, it’s often recommended that you maintain a stable weight after your liposuction procedure.
That’s because losing or gaining weight can diminish your results. If you gain weight, the fat in the area subjected to liposuction may not grow back in the same way or at the same rate. Indeed, there’s some evidence to suggest that gaining weight after liposuction can lead to dissatisfaction with the results.
Likewise, losing weight after liposuction can lead to its own host of problems (in that case, it’s mostly excess skin). Think about it like this: your liposuction results are going to be specially sculpted to your body in order to make them look natural. The more stable your weight is, the better your overall results will look.
Consider a Simultaneous Tummy Tuck
When you remove air from a balloon, the rubber often gets wrinkled and loose. The same thing happens with your body. Depending on the volume of fat you want your liposuction to remove, you might want to consider a procedure designed to eliminate excess skin at the same time.
For example, if you’re getting liposuction around the belly, surgeons will often recommend a concurrent tummy tuck procedure in order to help eliminate excess skin. Because that excess skin can often look unappealing in the same way hat fat does. And it can be frustrating when you spend a significant amount of energy on a liposuction but you can’t enjoy the results.
Liposuction combined with tummy tuck can lead to a tummy that looks fit and firm. That’s why many patients elect to undergo both procedures at once. No matter where your liposuction is targeting, that type of body contouring can lead to better results.
Getting the most out of your liposuction procedure is important, yes. But the most important thing is your happiness. That’s what we really mean by “the most” anyway. Talk to your surgeon and be clear about what you want—how you want to look, how much fat you want removed, and so on. Getting the most out of your liposuction is important, but only because it means you’re satisfied with your results.