What do you do when you’ve spent weeks consuming nothing but vegetable smoothies and nut-based vegan cheese, when you’ve toiled and sweated over hundreds of burpees and mountain climbers and planks, and yet that stubborn belly fat still won’t go away? Some people give up at this point, but others know to turn to techniques that actually work. Two techniques have been proven effective at permanently eliminating stubborn body fat. One technique is liposuction, and it literally sucks away the excess fat to rid your body of it forever. The other technique is CoolSculpting®, which non-surgically rids your body of excess fat. But to get the best possible results from liposuction or CoolSculpting®, you should prepare your body in the following ways.
1. Exercise Now
Liposuction and CoolSculpting® are best suited for those who are within 10 to 20 percent of their ideal body weight. The closer you are to your desired weight, the better your results will be. Exercise now to slim down and build muscle tone so that afterward you’ll look more toned and fit.
2. Build Healthy Habits
If you haven’t built a habit of regular exercise and healthy eating, it’ll be difficult to maintain the results of your liposuction or CoolSculpting® procedure. While these procedures permanently remove excess fat, they cannot prevent the pounds from packing on later. That is only preventable by you and your healthy diet and exercise regime. Avoid crash diets or impossible exercise routines; instead, adopt good habits that are healthy and maintainable.
3. Maintain Your Weight
Neither liposuction nor CoolSculpting® are weight-loss procedures; they are body-contouring procedures. Even if you’re slightly overweight, using diet and exercise now will help you maintain a stable, healthy weight before the procedure. Then, after liposuction or CoolSculpting® removes your stubborn localized fat deposits, you’ll be trim and toned.
4. Stay Hydrated
Did you know that drinking water helps keep your skin healthy? A loss of skin strength and elasticity leads to sagging skin and can make you look heavier. By drinking lots of water, you’ll improve the elasticity of your skin so that you look even more toned after liposuction or CoolSculpting®.
5. Quit Smoking and Using Certain Medications and Supplements
As with most cosmetic procedures, liposuction requires some healing. Smoking inhibits proper circulation, which negatively affects your body’s healing process after liposuction. Certain medications and supplements, such as vitamin E, aspirin, and various herbs, can slow blood clotting, and anti-inflammatories can increase the risk of bleeding during the procedure. It’s best to avoid all of these in the weeks before liposuction, and it’s even better if you quit smoking a full two months before the procedure. Doing this will ensure that your body has the best healing experience so that you can recover quickly and enjoy the results.
Liposuction and CoolSculpting® are effective methods for removing stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. Contact us at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Clinic of Walnut Creek to schedule your free consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. William Jervis. Call (925) 937-7100 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting with you.