Woman's body before and after weight loss on a gray background

If you’ve recently had liposuction, there’s no doubt you are eager to show off your newly svelte figure in a swimsuit this summer.

But if you want your liposuction results to last, you have to play your part in maintaining a healthy lifestyle…well after your procedure. A common misconception with liposuction is that you are forever free of weight gain and immune to the regeneration of fat cells.

This is simply not true.

Think of your liposuction as an investment. If you nurture it and tend to it a bit each day, it will provide you with benefits (and compliments!) for years to come.

Here are some tips to keep your body in its finest form following liposuction:

  • Exercise regularly

Walk only in the first few weeks after your procedure, then ramp up your exercise once given the okay by your doctor. Adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week.

  • Eat well

Load up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Reducing sugars, simple carbohydrates, and saturated fats will also help keep weight off.

  • And…eat smaller, and more often

Snacking on smaller, more highly-nutritional meals throughout the day will keep you fuller, and active, longer than three larger meals spread out.

  • Stay hydrated

Hydration is very important for everyone right now during the hotter summer months, but especially so if you’ve had a recent surgical procedure. Additionally, water helps to control hunger, boosts metabolism, and aids in digestion.

Also, be aware that if you gain weight following liposuction, it may not come right back to the original spot for which you targeted the liposuction. For example, if you sought out to eliminate belly fat, watch  for potential weight gain in surrounding areas, like your hips, and do some regular exercises to keep those adjacent areas toned.

If you are interested in liposuction in Austin, please contact Wellspring Plastic Surgery for a consultation with one of our three board-certified plastic surgeons.

(Courtesy of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons)