If you’ve had liposuction, you’re likely in love with your new curves – you probably want to keep them! Although liposuction removes fat in treatment areas forever, it is not a permanent panacea or a replacement for a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Peterson treats many patients with liposuction, giving them the body they want, but also cautioning them about the importance of healthy living after their procedure in order to maintain results.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction, aka lipo, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses suction to remove unwanted fat. Liposuction is most commonly performed on fat in the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, chin, upper and backs of the arms, calves and back. The fat in these areas can be tough or fibrous, which makes it hard to tone, no matter how hard you work out. Liposuction is a great way to put the finishing touch on your physique after you’ve put in the work of getting to your goal weight.
Maintaining Your Liposuction
To maintain your leaner look after lipo, one of the most important things you should do is eat a healthy diet. This includes lean meats and proteins, whole grains, vegetables and some fruits. You should avoid eating foods high in saturated fats and limit sugars. One way to limit sugar is to limit processed grains, like pasta. Some fruits are very high in sugar, so it is important to watch how much fruit you eat. “Everything in moderation” is a great mantra to remember for maintaining your shape.
More Tips to Keep Your Lean Look
Limiting sugary snacks and processed food is a good idea. Limiting water consumption is not. It is important to stay hydrated after your liposuction procedure. Water helps keep your body and metabolism going and burning fat, and helps you digest food.
Being active also helps burn calories and will help you maintain your shape in the long term. Check with your physician before beginning any exercise routine. If you’ve had your surgery recently, it’s also a good idea to check with your surgeon to see if you’re cleared for exercise.
If you have questions about liposuction or living after your lipo procedure, give Dr. Peterson a call today at 785-234-9000.