Men and women who want to achieve the body of their dreams may consider lipo in Delray Beach, FL. Liposuction is a popular surgical cosmetic procedure utilizing a hollow tube (cannula) to remove fat from areas that have not responded to diet and exercise. The minimally invasive procedure involves a suction technique, which removes fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, arms, and neck.
In addition to removing fat from different parts of the body, it can also reshape and sculpt the body. Liposuction can effectively remove fat, but it’s up to the patient to make the fat stay off and the results are permanent. We will explain how you can make your liposuction surgery more effective before and after your procedure.
Let’s start by looking at what you should do leading up to the procedure.
Avoid Harmful Medications
Certain medications should be avoided before surgery. Your plastic surgeon at Delray Beach Plastic Surgery will advise you on what not to take, so be sure to follow these instructions carefully. Certain medications, supplements, and vitamins should be avoided before any time of surgery, as they can increase your risk of complications afterward. For example, excessive bleeding and high blood pressure are common complications caused by certain medications, such as:
- All NSAIDs (i.e., ibuprofen)
- Nutritional supplements
- Herbal therapies (i.e., ginseng and elderberry)
If you are taking prescription medication, it is recommended to speak to your doctor about what medications you are currently taking. Everyone should have an initial consultation, at which point, you can ask our plastic surgeon, Dr. John G. Westine, what is safe to take and what to avoid based on your specific health conditions.
Smoking is something that should be stopped before and after surgery, as it can cause several complications, such as heart attacks, bleeding, blood clots, and other health issues. Your surgeon may advise that you stop smoking one month before your procedure and don’t resume smoking until at least one month after your procedure. Smoking during your recovery process can delay healing. Nicotine in any form should be ceased, including nicotine patches.
A healthy diet can improve your health and help you to heal better. Eating healthy is also known to improve skin elasticity, which can help your skin literally snap back in place during recovery. Increased skin elasticity is beneficial no matter what body part you target during your surgery, but especially if you are targeting areas prone to looseness, like your neck and abdomen. Whenever possible, eat more antioxidant-rich foods before surgery, such as berries, nuts, and healthy oils (i.e., sunflower, avocado, olive oil). Another way to improve elasticity is to eat foods high in water, like cucumbers, cantaloupe, and watermelon.
Now, let’s look at what should be done after your liposuction in Delray Beach, FL.
Wear Compression Garment
A compression garment is a piece of clothing that fits tightly around your skin. You will be advised to wear one during your recovery to help reshape the treated area. Compression garments can reduce the risk of wrinkling and sagging skin. For healing purposes, it reduces swelling, which allows you to recover quicker and prevents blood from moving towards the skin’s surface, which minimizes the appearance of bruising.
Compression garments are a very important part of the healing process. It is advised to wear one for the first three weeks throughout the day except when showering. Depending on how well you are healing, you may be allowed to minimize use after three weeks. Your plastic surgeon will provide specific instructions on when to stop wearing it.
Exercise is recommended after surgery to ensure lasting results. Start off slow and do not begin until two weeks have passed since your surgery. A good place to start is short walks around your neighborhood to get your heart rate up. You can gradually increase your routine from there but speak with your plastic surgeon before doing this. Dr. John G. Westine will instruct you on when to increase performance and what type of exercises to do.
As you know by now, eating a healthy diet can aid in your recovery process. Eating antioxidant-rich foods and foods with a high water content before surgery can improve skin elasticity. After surgery, it is recommended that you eat foods that are rich in protein and fiber. Don’t neglect other important nutrients and continue to eat antioxidant-rich foods, also.
Are you ready to claim the body you have always desired? It’s time to contact Delray Beach Plastic Surgery for lipo in Delray Beach, FL. Call (561) 278-3245 today.