Beginning a new year is usually a momentous journey. We think about what we’d like to achieve in the future and how we’ve grown through the year that has recently ended. This year, we may not feel as celebratory as we have in years past. We may be somewhat hesitant to embrace that New Year, New You mentality. We’ll tell you what we see. We see people who are living more in the moment than they ever have. We see people who are leaning into their desire to feel their best. One way this is being achieved is through liposuction. If this is a procedure you’ve been thinking about, we’ve got some tips to get your journey off to an optimal start.
Hit your goal weight.
How interesting is it that liposuction removes excess fat but does not result in significant weight loss? Though liposuction enhances body contours by sculpting away fatty tissue, it is quite a conservative procedure. If you’re interested in liposuction, know that your scale may not move very much. That’s not the point. The point of this procedure is to change the look of the body. The best results are achieved when the patient is within about 15 pounds of their ideal weight.
There are a few advantages to building muscle before undergoing liposuction. First, strength training has been shown to increase the body’s fat-burning function. Second, if you’re working on toning the muscle tissue that is being obscured by a layer of excess fat, you’re more likely to see the effects of your effort after your procedure. Why settle for a smoother stomach when you could see some carved muscles?
Don’t use nicotine.
You may already know that you shouldn’t smoke before having surgery. The problem is not smoking alone but the use of nicotine, one of the prominent ingredients in cigarettes. Nicotine is also in other products, including the gum that doctors recommend for people wanting to quit smoking. Nicotine is a chemical that inhibits circulation. To heal well after surgery, you want optimal blood flow, which will deliver oxygen where it is needed.