Maintaining a healthy and consistent weight can be difficult and requires dedication. When you’ve spent the time and money to undergo liposuction, you must commit to specific lifestyle changes to ensure long-lasting lipo results. Our board-certified female plastic surgeon can help you achieve your body goals with liposuction or another plastic surgery, but it’s crucial you follow all post-operative instructions, exercise regularly, and eat a balanced diet to protect your investment in your body as you can still gain weight in other areas.
At South Tulsa Plastic Surgery, Dr. Brenda Schiesel will discuss your options and cosmetic concerns during your initial consultation. She’ll go over how to prepare for liposuction, what to expect during the procedure and lipo recovery. While your initial activity levels will be limited to walking (which can help you avoid blood clots and other complications), our patients can typically resume a regular exercise regimen around six weeks after liposuction. Make sure you follow Dr. Schiesel’s directions and wear compression garments as directed.
There are several ways to maintain your liposuction results, including these tips:
1. Stay at Your Post-Lipo Weight
Liposuction is designed to help you reach your ideal weight when diet and exercise fail to achieve your body goals. This body contouring procedure can safely remove up to 11 pounds. Those fat cells are gone for good, but you can still gain weight. If you came in weighing 145 pounds and removed ten pounds, then you should work to stay at 135 pounds.
2. Regular Exercise
Once you’ve been cleared to resume vigorous activities, you need to begin or continue regular exercise. Body contouring with liposuction is an invasive procedure that can be costly. The best way to keep your new figure is to get at least 30 minutes of exercise or more a day. Whether you hire a trainer or workout in your home, activity is a necessary part of your health and liposuction results.
3. Healthy, Balanced Diet
Exercise can only go so far if you’re eating unhealthy, processed, and fatty foods. Make sure you limit your sugars, simple carbohydrates, and saturated fats such as soft drinks, pork, beef, and dairy products. You can try replacing some of your meat intake with beans, legumes, and other high-protein foods. Eating the appropriate amount of vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and whole grains can help you protect your liposuction investment. The CDC has these tips for healthy eating.
4. Drink Enough Water Every Day
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help you maintain energy levels and avoid the hunger that leads to snacking. Proper hydration helps your metabolism and digestion. Choose a glass of water over your usual snack to see how much it helps your hunger and cravings.
5. Eat Smaller Meals More Often
Eating 5-7 smaller meals during the day instead of the traditional three meals can help you avoid the mid-morning or afternoon snack you typically reach for when you get hungry. Small meals more often can also help you maintain even energy levels. There are many fitness and calorie-tracking apps that can help you be aware of how often and how much you eat day to day.
Schedule Your Liposuction Consultation at South Tulsa Plastic Surgery
If you’re interested in liposuction, please contact our board-certified plastic surgeon in Tulsa, Oklahoma today at (918) 518-5144 to schedule your consultation. Dr. Brenda Schiesel serves patients in Tulsa and surrounding areas including Jenks, Broken Arrow, and Owasso, Oklahoma.