Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures of our time. It is effective, safe, and relatively convenient due to minimal downtime. Most of all, it can shape the body beautifully and more quickly than pretty much any other method. Once you have selected your surgeon and put your liposuction procedure on the books, there is very little left to do other than feel the excitement of your journey. Very little, but not nothing. Here, we offer some liposuction prep tips you may find helpful.
How to Physically Prepare for Liposuction
The physical preparation for plastic surgery is necessary for two things. One is to reduce surgical risks and the other is to give the body all that it could need for a healthy, successful recovery. To achieve both of these objectives, you may want to do the following:
- Eat healthy. We assume that our liposuction patients are already comfortable with their eating habits. They often come to see us after they’ve already lost weight or when they are struggling with a few pounds that have lingered. That said, their eating habits often involve calorie restriction. When we say to eat healthy before surgery, our focus is not weight loss or management but physical energy. To heal well, the body relies on nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Eat these and your body will be well-prepared for surgery.
- Have an exercise plan. Again, we’re going a little outside the box here. You may already exercise several days a week. You’re getting liposuction because your current plan isn’t getting you where you want to be. Once you have liposuction, exercise will continue to be paramount to your long-term body shape. Our tip is to think about what you really like to do physically. You may be throwing around weights when what might make you feel even better is to stretch out on a yoga mat or hit a dancefloor. Because exercise is an essential part of life, find what you like.
How to Mentally Prepare for Liposuction
Mental preparation is more important for plastic surgery patients than they often think. During recovery, however brief, there is a chance of having doubts, guilt, or other roller-coaster feelings. To navigate, you may want to:
- Make your goal visible to you. While sleeping more and moving less, it can feel good to see your motivating goal every day. Is it a bikini? That little black dress? Whatever you envision in your head, put it on paper or on a clothes hanger. Seeing your reason for having liposuction can boost your resilience during recovery when you may not feel your best yet.
- Get connected. You may be more tired for a few days after surgery and you may feel a little blue, even. This is when your connections can come to the rescue. Whether or not it’s company you might want, it is beneficial to gather some “support staff” who can cook a few meals, drive the kids where they need to go, and walk or feed pets.
Liposuction can be extremely gratifying so long as you are prepared. To consult with Dr. Salzman about this procedure, contact us at 502-425-5200.