Since liposuction aims to remove excess fat, there is a false notion that you do not have to prepare your body for this procedure. In reality, there are various steps you can take to ensure your surgery goes smoothly, so you can better achieve your ideal results. To help you properly prepare for your liposuction procedure, our board-certified plastic surgeons have outlined some steps you can take to promote great results.
Reach Your Goal Weight
There is no specific weight you need to reach before surgery, but you need to make sure that the current weight you are at is your goal weight. Since liposuction serves as a body contouring procedure, this means that the primary focus is on shaping your body and removing small pockets of fat, not on overall weight loss. Additionally, reaching your target weight prior to surgery is important because significant weight gain or loss can alter your final results.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
While eating healthy already has an overwhelming number of benefits, maintaining a healthy diet in the months leading up to your surgery is important. Doing boosts your immune system to help you have a smoother recovery. Additionally, eating well can help you reach your goal weight if you have not achieved it yet. Leading up to your liposuction procedure, make sure to stay hydrated and eat foods high in antioxidants.
Stop Using Nicotine
Using nicotine already has countless negative effects on the body, but nicotine use is especially bad before and after plastic surgery. Blood vessels become restricted which decreases the blood flow throughout your body. Having good blood flow is important because it allows for a faster recovery period and greatly decreases your risk of blood clots or possible complications.
Prepare Your Recovery Space
A simple step you can take before your liposuction procedure is to prepare your home for your recovery period. Your recovery time will vary depending on the extent of your procedure, but you should expect to spend one to two weeks resting. During this time, your mobility and strength will be limited so we suggest buying easy to prepare meals, arranging care for children or pets, having essential items nearby and organizing your wardrobe so easy to wear clothes are in reach.
While preparing for your liposuction procedure may seem like a lot of work, taking precautionary steps helps to ensure you have a smoother recovery process and more ideal results. To learn more about liposuction and our other body contouring procedures, schedule an appointment with Atlanta Plastic Surgery at one of our Atlanta, Midtown, Cumming or Canton area locations. Additionally, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more plastic and cosmetic surgery insights.