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After Liposuction Surgery

After Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that aims to reshape the body by removing subcutaneous fat tissue using specialized devices. There are a number of rules that patients need to follow after this surgery, and a portion of these rules constitutes the post-liposuction diet program. In this article, I will explain what to consider in terms of nutrition after liposuction surgery, both immediately after the procedure and in the long term.

The First Rule: Avoid Weight Gain! First and foremost, patients need to understand the following technical information: the number of fat cells in the body remains constant, and liposuction only removes a portion of these cells from specific areas. Therefore, if you continue to gain weight after the surgery, the fat that should have accumulated in your body will instead accumulate in other areas where liposuction was not performed, potentially increasing their volume and causing an undesirable appearance. Hence, it is crucial to maintain your shape for extended periods.

What should be done immediately after the surgery?

Water is the most important factor in maintaining a balanced body and regulating metabolism. Therefore, you should not neglect water intake. By replacing the lost water from the surgery, you will keep your circulatory and excretory systems active and in good condition.

Regular and balanced nutrition is essential. Therefore, avoid consuming carbonated, fatty, and excessively salty foods that may cause discomfort such as indigestion, constipation, and bloating. Opt for lean proteins like chicken, fish, and legumes. Consuming fruits, vegetables, and fiber-rich grains is an ideal option to prevent post-operative constipation.

If there is blood loss or weakness due to liposuction, consuming red meat is an ideal choice to replenish iron in the body.

It is crucial to abstain from smoking and alcohol use. Smoking alone significantly hampers the healing process. Additionally, it reduces lung capacity and prolongs the time it takes for you to return to normal life. Alcohol can increase bleeding immediately after surgery, thus increasing the risk of post-operative complications.

You can consume foods that help reduce swelling after the surgery. Plants such as pineapple and green tea are ideal for reducing edema. You can drink herbal teas made from these plants or consume pineapple fruit or specific medications available for reducing edema. However, during this stage, it is important to be cautious about excessive vitamin intake, uncontrolled consumption of herbal teas, or certain herbal teas that may cause complications such as bleeding. Therefore, it is necessary to consult with a doctor before using such products.

Once the recovery is complete, what comes next?

Now, you have a new body with new contours, and you stand at a crossroads. The choice is yours. If you gain weight, you may become more unhappy and require further surgeries. It is in your hands to maintain your shape. You should change your lifestyle and transition to a regular and healthy diet. Avoid salty and fatty foods, as well as substances like alcohol and cigarettes that have negative effects on your life. Exercise is essential for achieving a better shape.

I recommend starting with cardio exercises during the recovery period and gradually transitioning to a fitness-oriented routine that focuses on increasing muscle mass. However, be careful! If you have any conditions that prevent you from starting exercise, you must inform your doctor and trainer, and create a program accordingly.

Op. Dr. Feridun Elmas
Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery