Contouring your body with liposuction represents a major investment in yourself in terms of both financial and temporal resources. You will be spending thousands of dollars to hire the most expert and experienced plastic surgeon possible to create a new, more flattering shape, and days to weeks recovering from your procedure.
After all that you've put into your liposuction, what can you expect to get out of it? Will your new figure last for the rest of your life? Or will you have to do maintenance procedures to continue your good results?
The answers to those questions depend mainly on you.
Are You Really a Candidate for Liposuction?
Liposuction is not a weight-loss technique. It is designed specifically for men and women who are prone to develop genetically determined pockets of stubborn fat that do not respond to diet or exercise. Sometimes these fat pockets are actually nature's way of giving you a helping hand: Women who store fat in the lower abdomen (that hated muffin top!) are more likely to be able to provide for their gestating or nursing child during times of famine or food scarcity.
In these days of prosperity and instant access to food resources, however, that extra abdominal fat has no utility and can instead create distress and a feeling of hopelessness, as it cannot be removed even through the most vigilant diet and exercise.
Hormonal imbalances, too, can lead to both men and women storing fat that can't be removed by diet and exercise – particularly during middle age. Areas where stubborn fat tends to collect are:
- Abdomen (muffin top)
- Hips (love handles)
- Flanks (saddlebags)
- Inner Thighs
- Bra Fat
- Upper Arms
All of these areas of stubborn fat will respond well to liposuction.
In contrast, if you are chronically overweight and have extra fat distributed evenly all over your body, you are probably not a good candidate for liposuction. Instead, you should concentrate on instituting a healthy diet and exercise routine that you can stick with over the long term. Once you have lost most of the excess fat, are confident that you can maintain a stable weight over time, but still have small pockets of stubborn fat, you may now be a candidate for liposuction Henderson. Dr. Julio Garcia, a plastic surgeon LV, will not only bring his surgical expertise and his artist's eye to shaping your new figure, he will also offer you help and guidance so that you can maintain the benefits of his liposculpture throughout your life.
Fat Cells Are Gone For Good
During your liposuction procedure, fat cells will be removed from your body via small cannulas that attach to a suction device. Fat cells will not return. Therefore, if you maintain a stable weight after your liposuction, you should be able to keep your figure looking fit and healthy over the long term... possibly for the rest of your life.
But Fat Cells Can Expand
After liposuction, you cannot go on an eating spree. If you consume more calories than your body can burn, you may begin to accumulate fat again. Fat gets distributed evenly over your body, so your bulges will not be proportionately as large as you they were before your liposuction. However, eat enough and those saddlebags and muffin tops may again make an appearance.
Gaining weight after liposuction can also have serious health consequences. If you overeat, the fat cells that were left in place during your liposuction can swell to accommodate excess fat. Fat-cell expansion is particularly common in the abdomen; swollen abdominal fat cells have been associated with insulin resistance and Type II diabetes.
And Sometimes New Fat Cells Form
While formerly it was believed that adults cannot create new fat cells, a 2010 study demonstrated that individuals who overeat can produce new fat cells in the lower body, such as the hips and thighs. While fat in this location is healthier than abdominal fat and is not associated with diabetes, you still don't want to trade in your muffin top for saddlebags.
Have Your Diet Already in Place
Rather than struggling to maintain your weight after liposuction, or sabotaging your results with overeating, increase your chances of your beautiful new figure becoming permanent by taking the time to develop good, life-long habits before your procedure.
A healthy “diet” isn't something you “go on” when you've noticed you've gained a couple of pounds. A healthy diet is a way of eating that allows you to feel satisfied and nourished without consuming extra calories. In fact, you might want to omit the word “diet” from your vocabulary altogether and just focus on designing a healthy eating plan, with your physician's help.
Deliciously different ways of eating that you can explore to help you maintain a healthy weight before and after your liposuction might include:
- Vegetarian or Vegan
Whatever plan you choose as your baseline, always be sure to eat plenty of:
- Leafy greens
- Low-glycemic fruits (berries and melons)
- Healthy fats
- High-quality protein
- Refined sugar
- Refined carbohydrates
- Industrial vegetable oils
- Processed or junk “foods”
Find Exercise You Love
Just as it is important to find new and delicious foods that you love so that you can eat sensibly without feeling deprived, so it is essential that you disperse a variety of movements – such as walking and yoga -- into your day and enjoyable exercise into your weekly routine. If you hate going to the gym or running, find another activity that will help you burn off calories the way you did when you were a kid – with excitement and happiness. Some types of movement to explore include:
- Burst-intensity training
- Cross-fit training
- Team sports
- Starting your own boot camp with friends
Feel free to change it up when the routine starts to feel boring, or more like an obligation than an enjoyment. Make your exercise a social event, by joining a group, a club, or forming your own exercise “team.”
Take Time to Heal
After your liposuction, your body will feel sore and swollen for days to weeks. If you're a busy person, you may feel tempted to “soldier through” and get back to your routine as quickly as possible. Follow your doctor's guidelines and wear compression garments to help your results be more uniform.
Use your recovery as a time to listen to your body, adding back activities gradually, based on how you actually feel. Learning to listen to your body will also help you stay on track with your exercise and eating plans.
Think of your post-lipo recovery as a special time to pamper yourself and do what's required to get the most beautiful new shape possible:
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure
- Arrange for someone to stay and help you the first 24-48 hours
- Arrange to take off a few days from work
- Pre-cook or order meals
- Arrange for household help during the 2-week healing period
- Avoid strenuous activities for 2 weeks
Start on the Road to a Permanent New Shape
If you are fit and healthy, have maintained a stable weight, and have a healthy diet and exercise regimen but still have stubborn areas of fat, then you are ready for liposuction. Liposuction can even be part of an overall Mommy Makeover. Consulting one-on-one with Dr. Garcia will help you learn how you can remove those stubborn areas of fat for good, get a beautiful new figure that flatters your body type, and look fit and shapely for the rest of your life.