Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure. This minimally invasive procedure removes stubborn, unwanted fat from areas like your stomach, thighs, back, arms, and legs. If you plan to get liposuction, knowing what you should and shouldn’t do in preparation and recovery can help you have an overall good experience with the liposuction process, start to finish.
Be Sure to Research
Before you ever consider going through the liposuction process, research the procedure and licensed medical facilities to get it performed. This will help you to determine whether the procedure is right for you and your goals.
Liposuction will help you get fat out of the areas where you want to contour your shape, but is not a suitable solution for weight loss. If after liposuction you have a lot of excess skin, you may want to consider adding in another procedure, such as a tummy tuck, to achieve the most naturally beautiful results. Do some research and speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Nakamura to find out more.
Following Aftercare Instructions
Once you undergo liposuction, you will want to ensure that you follow all of your plastic surgeon’s postoperative instructions. It is typically effortless to recover from liposuction. However, as every person and procedure is unique, always listen to everything Dr. Nakamura recommends to make sure that you heal quickly and correctly.
The most important advice that your plastic surgeon will give you is when to start moving around. Going on short walks, for example, encourages blood flow and help to minimize the risk of blood clots.
Within two weeks, you should be able to resume your normal activities. You will likely need to wait around six weeks to do things like heavy lifting and strenuous workouts. Dr. Nakamura may also recommend that you wear a compression garment to help to minimize swelling.
Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle and Weight
Make sure you understand that liposuction is not a weight-loss cure. Just because some fat has been removed doesn’t prevent fat deposits from forming in the future. Also, if you put on too much weight, even the areas treated with liposuction will begin to get fat again. You want to make sure that you eat healthily and try to maintain your weight.
Instant Results Will Not Happen
One thing to keep in mind is to not expect that as soon as you have liposuction, you will have the body of your dreams. First of all, areas treated with liposuction may have some swelling for up to 5 weeks. And even after the swelling goes down, you may not have the exact figure you want. In most cases, you will not see full results until 6 to 12 months after liposuction. Getting and maintaining the figure that you love will also take eating healthy and exercise and time to heal.
Dr. Nakamura welcomes questions of all types from his patients. He’s here to help you through the liposuction process and answer any questions and concerns you may have. Some people may think they shouldn’t bother their surgeon with simple questions, but this is necessary to make sure you know everything about the procedure and the recovery.
Armed with a little information and the help of a great plastic surgeon like Dr. Nakamura, your liposuction procedure will be a significant success. Just remember to ask questions, research, and follow all of the doctor’s instructions.