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Body Contouring: How To Make Your Liposuction Results Last

Body Contouring: How To Make Your Liposuction Results Last

It could be argued that liposuction is a permanent solution to remove fat cells in a target area. This is theoretically true. We are all born with a finite number of fat cells that grow larger and smaller as we gain and lose weight, and if those are eliminated during a liposuction treatment, your body will NOT create new fat cells to replace them. There is a caveat though; liposuction does not necessarily remove ALL of the fat cells in the treatment area, and it most certainly does not remove all of the fat cells in your body. This means that if you do not take care to maintain healthy eating and exercise after liposuction, the remaining cells will expand or fat can be redistributed to other parts of your body. Here are some things you can do to stay fit and healthy after liposuction and ensure that your results last over time.

Maintaining Your Liposuction Results

The truth is that maintaining the results of your liposuction procedure is not rocket science. Maintenance basically follows the very common rules of healthy living. After careful recovery, smart lifestyle choices will help you stay toned and contoured for a long time to come. 

Recover Well
Allowing yourself the time to rest and recover fully after liposuction will give you the best foundation for sustaining a smooth and sleek body contour. Follow your own surgeon’s recommendations for a quick and healthy recovery, but keep these in mind:

  • Wear Your Compression Garments: These are designed to support and speed up healing after liposuction. The compression will help reduce swelling and aid your tissues in healing. Wear your garment until cleared by your plastic surgeon.
  • Get Moving: You will be advised against strenuous activity for 3-4 weeks after liposuction, but slow and easy movements such as walking for short distances will minimize swelling and reduce your risk for blood clots.

Eat Well
A healthy and balanced diet rich in vitamins and nutrients is ideal for optimal wellness at any time, but a clean eating plan with a focus on whole, unprocessed foods is vital for maintaining your new body contour.

  • Choose whole grains and carbohydrates rich in fibre over simple carbs.
  • Avoid saturated fats and refined sugars.
  • Avoid excessive salt intake.
  • Choose lean proteins like chicken and fish.
  • Consume plenty of vegetables and fruits.

You should also consider eating several small meals a day to stabilize your metabolism and blood sugar levels, avoid binge eating, and to stay energized throughout the day.

Stay Hydrated
Ensure that you are drinking sufficient water during your recovery and as a long-term strategy to maintain your liposuction results. Water will:

  • Balance your body fluids to aid in digestion, temperature regulation, and the transportation of vital nutrients within your body. Water will also help flush toxins from your body.
  • Help control hunger by making you feel fuller and suppressing cravings.
  • Support your feelings of well-being by improving focus, regulating your mood, boosting productivity, and calming nerves.

After your initial recovery period where movement is important but strenuous activity should be avoided, exercise is crucial for keeping your new, proportionate contours. Aerobic exercise will help keep the fat off and strength exercises will keep your body toned and firm.

Build Healthy Habits Early
As you prepare for your liposuction procedure, consider taking the time to incorporate these and other healthy habits before your treatment. Making these activities and behaviours the norm will help you return to healthy living after liposuction quickly. Recovery can be difficult sometimes and can derail easily if you do not have a plan in place. Remember that liposuction is not a weight loss treatment and that you should be within 10 lbs of your goal weight and have maintained that weight for at least six months prior to surgery.

Lasting Liposuction Results At Alberta Plastic Surgery

Following these pre and post liposuction recommendations will ensure that you are in optimal condition for your liposuction plastic surgery and that you will have the tools in place to maintain your new toned and tight contours for a long time to come. Choosing healthy lifestyle habits will help you recover quickly and heal well. To understand your options for liposuction, speak with your plastic surgeon and plan for success armed with all the details you need to make smart and informed decisions.

If you are considering liposuction to address stubborn pockets of fat, or any other body contouring procedures to help you look and feel your best, the team at Alberta Plastic Surgery in NW Edmonton can guide you in exploring your options and help you prepare for recovery after plastic surgery. Book your complimentary consultation today.

Dr. Adil Ladak is a board-certified and top surgeon in Edmonton, Alberta, and is highly skilled in cosmetic plastic surgery and other non-surgical rejuvenating cosmetic procedures. Dr. Ladak is a fully qualified Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons and his team is committed to providing patients with the facts and education to make the most informed decisions about their appearance and health. To explore all of your options to help you feel and look your best, visit Alberta Plastic Surgery in NW Edmonton by booking your complimentary consultation. Call us at 1-780-407-6691 or fill out the form below.


Q: What is liposuction?
A: Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that targets areas of stubborn fat that have not responded to diet and exercise despite your best efforts. Your plastic surgeon will remove excess fat through small, subtle incisions with a thin cannula that will dislodge and suction out the unwanted fat. Some of the areas liposuction can be used to remove fat from are:

  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Hips
  • Waist and abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Back

If you are considering liposuction or any other body contouring procedure, book a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ladak to discuss your options and the outcomes you hope to achieve from surgery.

Q: Does liposuction treatment require a general anaesthetic?
A: In the majority of cases, liposuction is best performed under general anaesthetic.

Q: Does liposuction remove cellulite?
A: No. Cellulite is a skin condition that causes lumpy, dimpled flesh most commonly in the thighs, hips, and buttocks. Liposuction does not remove cellulite, but liposuction treatment can be combined with other laser and ultrasound treatments to improve the appearance of the skin.

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