Some people have genetic predisposition to gather the extra amount of fat on tights or abdomen that is extremely hard to lose even with the extra effort of dieting and workout. If you are trying to lose stubborn fat unresponsive to diet or exercise, you may consider undergoing liposuction, the procedure which will remove excess fat from affected areas of the body.
Liposuction seems like a great option for men and women in good health, who are close to their ideal weight but have problems with losing excessive fat. There is no age limitation for undergoing the procedure, but older patients with a lower elasticity of skin may not achieve such great results as younger patients who heal faster and whose skin produce a good amount of collagen.
Table of contents
- 1 What should I do before the liposuction procedure?
- 2 Things to avoid
- 3 Cease taking over-the-counter supplements
What should I do before the liposuction procedure?
Ask all the important questions
Remember, if you have any questions regarding the procedure, it is a good idea to make a list. You probably would like to know everything about the procedure itself, the recovery time and healing period, what results you may exactly expect and when they will appear. Your surgeon and patient adviser will be more than happy to answer all of the questions you might have about preparation for the procedure and post-operative instructions after liposuction.
Do your research!
Having your research done before the procedure is very important in putting your mind at ease about liposuction results, risks and everything involved. Read as much as you can about the treatment from reliable sources and ask your surgeon for some before and after pictures, so you know what results you may expect. Liposuction is a body sculpting procedure and its main goal is to remove excess of unwanted fat, however, it is not a weight loss procedure which will cause the loss of many kilos in your fight with obesity. You may, of course, drop a size or two after liposuction, but you have to be careful about your diet after liposuction and the workout regime, as the extra fat may come back if you do not take proper care of yourself. With the bariatric surgery, the main goal is to induce permanent weight loss by undergoing a procedure on the stomach or intestines. That is the main thing to keep in mind when you think about the outcome of the liposuction, so be realistic in your expectations!
Choose wisely your surgeon
Choosing your surgeon is a very important step in preparation for the procedure. Skilled, experienced plastic surgeon with a board certification should be your first choice. Make sure to ask about before and after pictures of previous patients to ensure that you choose the right surgeon.
What are your options?
There are a few different ways to do the liposuction, and while all of them are done through suction, the main difference is what state the removed fat is in. The safest option done under local anesthesia is so-called tumescent liposuction where the fat is injected with a large amount of anesthetic liquid making fat in tumescent consistency. Then that fat is sucked out, leaving patients less bruised than other option. Ultrasonic and laser assisted liposuction techniques to liquefy fat by ultrasounds or heat induced by laser upon removal. Power assisted liposuction (PAL) is a good option if you want to get rid off of high volume of fat. This procedure uses a vibrating cannula that helps to break up and remove fat tissue. Discuss all the options with your surgeon, however, it is good to keep in mind that all types of liposuction have been found to be equally safe and effective, and no technique is actually proven to be more effective than the others.
Keep a healthy diet
You should keep yourself hydrated straight after the procedure, as your body will swell for next few days. To improve long-term results of liposuction, you should maintain a healthy diet with a lower intake of fat and calories. Liposuction is neither an obesity treatment nor a substitute for weight-loss, so if you will not keep an eye on what you are eating, you may gain fat in the treated areas. Read our article on diet after liposuction surgery.
Workout after liposuction
You should avoid a sedentary way of life after the procedure and even during your convalescence you can start light exercises like walking. Moving will prevent an occurrence of dangerous blood clots and help you with the recovery psychically and mentally. Exercise after liposuction can be resumed 4 weeks after the surgery. A smaller amount of fat allows achieving visible results of workout much quicker, which usually is a big spur to continue healthy lifestyle and workout regime.
Things to avoid
Keep your expectations realistic
For the first few weeks after liposuction your body will be swollen, so do not expect that the areas treated will look fabulous straight afterward. Swelling should subside within two to five weeks and wear the compression garment will help with the reduction of puffiness and with the healing process. The final results will appear within six to twelve months after the procedure, even though you will notice the first changes after six weeks.
Cease taking over-the-counter supplements
Before the surgery, you will be provided with the list of medications you should discontinue avoiding complications. To ensure that your healing process goes smoothly you should avoid some medicines like aspirin, vitamin E and some herbal products which slow blood clotting. In addition to that, some anti-inflammatory medications can increase the chances of bleeding during surgery, so your surgeon will ask you to stop taking them at least two weeks before the procedure.
Remember that liposuction is not a weight-loss surgery
You should keep that in mind that the liposuction is a body contouring procedure helping to get rid of stubborn fat, and it will not firm your skin or make you lose extra kilos. The procedure is designed to contour your body and give you a smooth silhouette, it will not prevent you from gaining weight in the future or getting rid of an excess of skin. Read our article on differences between liposuction and tummy tuck.
In general, cigarettes are dangerous for your health; however, they are particularly bad for patients undergoing any kind of surgical procedure. They lower the oxygen level in blood and hinder its metabolism while poisoning your body with harmful substances. Oxygen is extremely important for your body’s cells in the healing process and smokers heal slower than people who do not smoke. Quit smoking at least six weeks before the procedure.
With the high level of experienced surgeons and top-notch clinics, cheap liposuction in Poland is becoming much more and more popular among foreign patients, as liposuction abroad, especially in CCE, is more affordable than in UK or Germany. Considering undergoing this procedure, you should think about having your liposuction in Poland and our advisers at Beauty Poland will be delighted to assist you with arranging your surgery and post-op stay.
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