Getting the Most Out of Liposuction for the Long Haul
- Posted on: Sep 15 2019
The modern American food landscape is filled with landmines if you’re trying to keep a trim physique. Fast food joints dot virtually every corner. Processed foods with a list of chemical additives a mile long hog all the space in most aisles of the grocery store. And entertainment options such as Netflix and video games make sitting on the couch far too easy and interesting.
Liposuction is a popular procedure for us at Skin & Cosmetic Solutions, but it’s not a panacea. After a patient has liposuction the lifestyle issues that led to the need for the procedure need to change if you’re really going to reap the rewards from your procedure.
Here are a few tips for maintaining your liposuction results.
First off, this isn’t a weight-loss procedure
First things first. Dr. Puente isn’t one of those surgeons who perform liposuction on obese patients. That can actually be dangerous when too much fat is removed. People get confused, thinking liposuction is a short cut to weight loss, but it’s not. Liposuction is a body-contouring procedure. It’s meant to remove those stubborn pockets of fat that accumulate on the abdomen, flanks, upper thighs, under the jawline, and other spots. These areas are very hard to target with exercise. Dr. Puente generally wants his liposuction patients to be within 10 percent of their ideal weight before they have this procedure.
Change is a-coming
Sam Cooke sang about it, but in order to maintain your results, change needs to come to your lifestyle as well. One of the most important changes is to add regular exercise to your life. When you’re recovering, you’ll need to avoid strenuous exercise, but walking is good. It makes you heal faster and feel better more quickly. Plus, it’s a good way to start on the path to regular exercise.
Weight maintenance is simple math. You need to burn all the calories that you eat every day. There are plenty of apps such as My Fitness Pal that help you keep track of what you eat every day (it even has a barcode scanner to easily input the food you just ate) and the exercise you do. You set a goal for daily calories and it’s simple to keep within that goal. The best thing for many people is that it makes you realize just how many calories are in some of the things you eat, and it makes you think twice if you really want to eat them. Want that 64 ounce fountain soft drink at the neighborhood convenience store? OK, now you have 800 calories you just drank…for nothing. And many tablespoons of sugar. Hello, type 2 diabetes.
About your eating. To enjoy your trimmer contour for the long haul, you’ll need to dump the processed foods. Have you ever looked at the labels of the frozen dinners or packaged foods you eat? Unless you’re a chemist, you’ve never heard of probably half of those ingredients! Switch those out for whole foods you buy at the store. Fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh meats. More fish. Cutting carbohydrates and especially sugar is also key to feeling better and keeping trim.
Dr. Puente wants his liposuction patients to view this procedure as an investment. To get your money’s worth, it makes no sense to instantly start gaining weight again. Make some lifestyle changes like exercising regularly and eating better food, and you’ll enjoy your slimmer contours for decades to come.
Interested in liposuction with the team at Skin & Cosmetic Solutions? Call us at (919) 876-9576 to schedule a consultation.
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