If you are planning on undergoing a liposuction procedure, here are three things that you need to understand about the surgery and the process before you go through with the procedure.
#1 Realize That It Takes Time To Heal
One of the most important things that you need to realize when you go in for liposuction surgery is that it is going to take time for your body to heal. Your body is not going to look great overnight. You are going to experience significant swelling in the weeks following your surgery. After that, the swelling should slowly decrease. However, it will take up to a year for your body to entirely heal and for the results to look like the end outcome that you were hoping for.
Keep in mind that the areas that get the best results from liposuction surgery include the abdomen, waist, hips, check, neck, arms, butt, thighs and ankles. Be sure to discuss with your doctor what the final results will look like so you have a good idea of what outcome you are looking to achieve in a year.
#2 Be Careful With Over-The-Counter Supplements
Second, you need to careful with your use of over-the-counter supplements. Many OTC supplements can slow down your blood clotting. Herbal products can also impact your blood as well, so be careful with the supplements that you take and review each and every one with your doctor. Make sure that you tell your doctor about all the supplements you are taking, including the ones that come in food or liquid form, to ensure they won't have a negative impact on your health during the surgery or recovery process.
#3 Try To Reach A Healthy Weight Before Surgery
Although liposuction will remove fat from your body, it is important to realize that liposuction is designed to help give a specific area of your body the shape and look that you desire. Liposuction is a contour procedure to make your body as good as possible. It is not a way to lose weight. Although you may lose a few pounds after the surgery, it will not be significant.
If you want to look your best after your liposuction, you are going to want to diet and exercise to get close to your ideal weight before your surgery takes place. After your surgery, you are going to want to make sure you that stick to a low-sodium diet and that you continue to exercise to get the best possible look at the end of your year-long recovery process.