We all know that despite our desires, a better body can’t be had instantly. It takes lots of hard work and determination. If you’re considering a body recontouring procedure like liposuction, you’ll achieve the best results if you do the hard work ahead of time. If you’ve been wondering, how can I prep my body for lipo?, read on for crucial steps you can take to optimize future liposuction results with Dr. Thomas Bartell, body recontouring specialist of Madison, Wisconsin.
- Attain Your Ideal Weight
- Build Muscle
- Eat a Healthy Diet
- Stop Smoking
- Be in Overall Good Health
Attain Your Ideal Weight
The most crucial thing you can do before your liposuction procedure is to get down to your ideal weight. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss. Instead, the procedure is used to remove localized fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise.
Losing the weight is not easy at all. If you’ve hit your target weight, a celebration is in order! Getting rid of your excess weight is a very difficult step that not everyone is able to take.
If you still have extra weight to lose, you could consider using a future lipo procedure as motivation to keep going. Once you’ve hit your target, you can celebrate by scheduling a liposuction consult. While Dr. Bartell can meet with you if you’re still in the process of hitting your target weight, he will not perform the procedure on you until you are done losing weight, either by reaching your goal or being unable to lose any more.
In addition to being at your target weight, you’ll also achieve great results with lipo if you build up muscle ahead of time. Once excess fat is removed through liposuction, your efforts at the gym will be much more visible.
Spending time now sculpting your abs or other muscles you hope to reveal will make your lipo results that much more satisfying. Being stronger before surgery can also help shorten your recovery time.
Plan your muscle-building schedule months before your surgery. You’ll feel stronger going into the surgery, which may accelerate the healing process.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Another great way to get your body ready for liposuction is to have a healthy diet. Food rich in antioxidants help boost the skin’s elasticity. They will also help speed up recovery after liposuction surgery.
Berries, healthy fats and oils, fish and other foods full of omega-3 fatty acids like nuts and seeds are great for a pre-surgery diet. Staying hydrated by drinking enough water is also vital.
If you’re considering liposuction, it’s also VERY important that you stop smoking or using products with nicotine. Nicotine restricts blood flow and adversely affects wound healing. Dr. Bartell will NOT perform liposuction on smokers because he cannot guarantee an optimal scar in patients who are currently smoking.
Be in Overall Good Health
Because cosmetic surgery is elective, it’s essential that you’re first in good overall health before you consider surgery. If you have an underlying health condition or engage in alcohol overconsumption or recreational drug use, first work on eliminating those habits or addressing those health concerns before considering lipo.
Dr. Thomas Bartell Madison Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Bartell is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He focuses his practice exclusively on below-the-neck cosmetic surgery procedures. This focus on doing a few procedures exceptionally well has led to his reputation as being one of the best plastic surgeons in the area. Among other procedures, Dr. Bartell performs liposuction in Madison, Wisconsin.
Dr. Bartell Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery
Phone: (608) 271-0500
Fax: (608) 271-0502
How Can I Prep My Body for Lipo? brought to you by Dr. Thomas Bartell