You’ve done your research. You’ve talked to your friends. You have realistic expectations. You’ve met one of our board certified plastic surgeons at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre and decided this is the right place to have your procedure.
Once you’ve made the commitment to have liposuction in San Diego, you need to take positive, proactive steps to prepare for the surgery. Begin by making healthy changes to your lifestyle. This is the best time to develop beneficial habits so you can pick them right up again after the procedure.
Start with a healthful diet and then add an enjoyable aerobic exercise program that’s right for your body type. As a bonus, you’ll heal quicker and can expect more favorable results if your body is operating at its best prior to surgery, with optimal blood flow and cellular function.
- Making little changes before your surgery can make a big difference in keeping the weight off after your liposuction:
- Reduce hunger and flush toxins from your body by drinking plenty of water
- Make a healthy breakfast an integral part of your daily routine
- Eat plenty of fresh foods—cover half your plate with vegetables and fruits
- Avoid refined carbs such as sugar and make sure any grain-based items in your diet consist of whole grains
- Increase your consumption of “super foods” such as greens to fill you up and to add fiber, minerals, and antioxidants to your diet
- Boost your metabolism by doing some form of exercise for at least 20 to 30 minutes a day
Once you’ve had the surgery, you should do everything you can to protect your results. You’ve invested a lot of time, money, and emotion in having your procedure. Committing to a healthier lifestyle will actually be much easier after you see your new body contours in the mirror.
Liposuction surgery may leave you feeling a little sore for a few days, but you should get out of bed to walk around as soon as your doctor’s instructions allow. While it may take several months before you see the final results of your San Diego liposuction, you should be able to return to your normal activities in seven to ten days. You can resume your aerobic exercise program in four to six weeks. Start gradually and build as your strength and endurance improve.
If you find yourself falling back into bad habits, make a weight maintenance commitment with a friend, co-worker, or relative who also wants to maintain a healthy weight. Supporting each other can help you both resist temptations. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, you’ll keep your new contours for a long time.
Liposuction isn’t magic. You can still gain weight after the procedure, although it may appear in a different area of your body. Stay motivated. Hang on to the satisfaction and renewed self-esteem you felt when you first looked in the mirror after the surgery. By making lifestyle changes before your procedure, you can get the most out of liposuction: a better proportioned body that reflects the new you—a healthy, vibrant, active adult.