Should you lose weight before liposuction?


Liposuction has come a long way since the days of dangerous surgeries with long recoveries, big scars and general anaesthetic. We discuss what the new gold standard for liposuction is!

Should you lose weight before liposuction?

The ideal weight for liposuction 

If you’re considering liposuction to help shape and contour your body, it’s important to understand how weight loss can impact the procedure results. While specific benefits are associated with losing some excess weight before having liposuction, there are also potential drawbacks that must be considered when deciding whether to lose weight before your liposuction surgery. 

In this article, we’ll discuss what the experts have to say about pre-liposuction dieting and weight loss so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not now is the right time for you personally to take on a new regime.

How much weight do I need to lose before liposuction?

While liposuction can be an excellent solution for reshaping specific body areas, it’s important to note that you should only consider this procedure if you are at or near your ideal body weight. 

Generally, liposuction is not meant to be an effective tool for weight loss — the perfect candidate has areas with stubborn fat areas and deposits they cannot get rid of through diet and exercise alone. 

Therefore, before undergoing liposuction, evaluate if you have achieved your desired or optimal healthy weight based on your lifestyle and health needs to benefit most from the procedure.


Do I need to gain weight for liposuction?

When considering whether or not to gain weight for liposuction, it is essential to remember that the procedure is designed to remove excess fat cells from a given area of the body. Therefore, sufficient fatty tissue must be available in the given area to successfully undergo liposuction. You do not need to gain weight for lipousction!


Dieting before liposuction

Working towards achieving desired weight before liposuction can provide several benefits. More fat can be safely removed with improved physical health from healthier eating, leading to more effective results. A sensible, healthy diet plan should be followed in the weeks before surgery. 

Incorporating healthy food, portion control, and regular exercise all provide considerable benefits for a patient’s overall recovery experience. Eating right and exercise not only prepare your body for surgery but may also help you stay on track with a healthier lifestyle long-term. They also make it easier to maintain your goal weight after your lipo procedure.

Follow these steps along with medical guidance to ensure that you are adequately prepared so that the liposuction yields satisfactory results with minimal risks.



Exercises to do before and after liposuction 

Before surgery, staying active is recommended; this may help decrease discomfort during post-operative recovery and leave you feeling more prepared for healing. 

Some exercises that can be done before liposuction include:

  • Walking 
  • Gentle stretching
  • Yoga
  • Swimming

After surgery, light activities like walking will help improve circulation and reduce swelling and edema in the affected area. You should also wait until your doctor has given you the go-ahead before trying strenuous activities such as heavy weight lifting or running. Following these pre- and post-surgical exercise recommendations will help ensure your liposuction experience is successful!

Keeping expectations realistic 

Liposuction is an effective way to contour the body by removing the remaining fat cells and stubborn fat deposits from hard-to-reach areas like the abdomen, thighs or chin. 

While there isn’t a specific number of kilograms that someone must lose prior to undergoing liposuction, generally speaking, it’s best if patients are close to a stable weight with good skin elasticity before considering the procedure. It’s also important to note that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure and works best on stubborn areas. 

That said, even if someone is still at their ideal weight but has realistic expectations about what lipo can do for them, they may still be considered eligible candidates depending on their particular situation. 

Ultimately, this should be discussed with our team, who can assess each case and determine whether or not liposuction is right for you at this time.

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