Liposuction is quite an intense procedure. For those who are planning to undergo this surgery, there are ways to help the recovery process. It will take some planning and dedication, but these pre-surgery preparations will be guaranteed to make life much easier afterward. Here is what to do before surgery:
Achieve Goal Weight
While liposuction does remove excess subcutaneous fat, cutting down on the amount to be removed will ensure better results from the procedure. Attaining a goal weight does not mean a perfect body. Liposuction is used to get rid of stubborn fat deposits that exercise does not, as well as give the body a more streamlined shape. Those planning a liposuction procedure can begin losing weight a few months beforehand to make sure their weight is stable by surgery time.
Work On Building Muscle
Liposuction is designed to remove fat that doesn’t go away with exercise. This will give the body some great contours and a more pleasing shape. The underlying muscles are important. Building strength and muscle will potentially aid with healing. Any muscle that is built before the liposuction procedure will be revealed afterward, as well. The hard work put into health and fitness will be evident. A workout regimen can be started a few months beforehand to give your body enough time to build muscle.
A healthful diet is prudent and highly recommended. When it comes to a pre-liposuction diet, foods that are hydrating and help boost skin’s elasticity are recommended. Some foods to incorporate a few months before surgery include:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Mixed berries
- Oils such as olive or walnut
Cut Out Nicotine
Using nicotine can produce significant negative results in the healing and recovery process after surgery. This chemical effects the blood vessels and reduces blood flow. Blood flow is a critical component of healing after injury or surgery. To help assure the best possible recovery, it is advised patients stop tobacco usage a few months prior to their surgery.
Prepare The Home
A significant portion of the healing and recovery will be done at home. To make their environments more conducive to healing, patients can make some small changes and preparations such as:
- Securing some reliable help for any children and/or pets
- Getting foods that are easy to make
- Investing in charging cords for electronic devices that are extra long
- Making sure essential items can be easily reached from the bed
- Making sure there are plenty of comfortable clothes to wear that won’t inhibit healing
All of these areas of life effect recovery and outcomes. Preparing the body and home before surgery is a gift patients can give themselves.
If you are interested in liposuction, call the staff at Allegany Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation.