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How to Recover and Maintain Your Body After Lipo

Reviewed by David Johnson, MD
How to Recover and Maintain Your Body After Lipo

Depending on which area was treated, recovery after lipo could last up to several months. This doesn't mean that you won't have to work to keep your new figure, though.  A lot of people seem to think that they won't have to follow a diet or exercise anymore once they have gone through lipo. Sadly, this isn't true. Although lipo can effectively get rid of fat from the targeted area, it could still appear in other untreated areas. As a matter of fact, studies show that some patients who fail to exercise or follow a diet after lipo gain weight again soon afterwards.  

Recovering After the Surgery  

 

After the surgery, doctors will generally try to speed up you recovery time by asking you to wear certain compression garments for a few days. If you are experiencing pain, you will be prescribed pain medication. In most cases, though, patients can walk and move as usual less than seven days after the surgery.  

After several days, the anesthetic solution will then drain from your incisions to facilitate healing and reduce your overall recovery time. After that, the swelling, numbness, and bruising should start to disappear.  

Gaining Weight After the Surgery  

 

Unfortunately, it is possible to gain your weight back after lipo. Although liposuction is a great way to get rid of extra body fat in certain body parts, this doesn't mean that it is a guarantee against gaining weight forever.  Some patients find that they are more likely to gain weight within certain parts of their body if they don't make any diet and exercise changes after the surgery. Conversely, the most satisfied and successful patients are usually the ones who use liposuction as motivation for healthier exercise and eating habits.  


Eating and Exercising After the Surgery  

 

After lipo, it would be highly advisable for you to start eating healthier. Since liposuction cannot cure weight gain permanently, you will have to eat properly if you want to maintain your new figure. Fortunately, there isn't any set diet that needs to be followed here. Just make sure you follow a balanced diet and live a healthier lifestyle, in general.  Naturally, this means that you should also focus on exercising more. However, this will depend on the situation. So, before exercising after your surgery, make sure you ask your surgeon for personal and specific guidelines regarding your overall recovery.  

The majority of plastic surgeons out there tend to encourage their patients to start walking a few days after their surgery, though. This is because mild exercise is an important defense against post-surgical complications, like blood clot formations in the legs.  Most of the time, patients are able to move up to more energetic activity levels two weeks after their surgery. However, vigorous exercises need to be avoided for about a month, so that the body has enough time to heal.  

Need More Information?  

 

If you want to look into lipo to contour and shape your body more, you need to understand that it doesn't serve as a cure for extra body fat. This means that you will have to maintain a good diet and exercise regime even after lipo. Now, if you need more information on maintaining your body weight and figure after the surgery, just visit the World Wide Web or get in touch with a lipo professional or cosmetic surgeon in your area.

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