The countdown to liposuction here in the Manhattan Beach area is an exciting one. Your surgery is on the books, your dream body is within reach, and now all you have to do is get ready for the big day. What exactly belongs on your pre-liposuction to-do list?
In this blog post, we’ll share a few steps you can take to feel prepared, empowered, and at ease as you head into your liposuction experience.
How to Physically Prepare for Liposuction
Follow these tips to get your body ready for your liposuction transformation.
Give your body the fuel it needs to heal quickly and effectively. Eat plenty of lean protein, vitamins, healthy fats, and plant-based foods, and steer clear of sugar and processed foods. Don’t forget to stay hydrated with lots of water.
Keep moving and maintain your usual workout routine, but don’t change things up too much before surgery. Now is not the time to put extra strain on your body with new and more intense workouts. Keeping up your usual routine will promote good circulation and help your body bounce back quickly after surgery.
Stop Medications as Directed
To reduce your chances of excess bleeding or bruising, avoid blood-thinning supplements, such as ibuprofen, vitamin E, and alcohol a week or 2 ahead of your surgery. You may need to stop taking certain blood-thinning medications, but you should only do so with your doctor’s guidance and permission.
Prepare Your Space
Make sure you’re coming home to a clean, relaxing environment. Move your essential items to easy-to-reach places: off of high shelves, out from lower cupboards, and so on. Bring snacks, magazines, movies, etc. to a central “recovery nest” area where you can comfortably recuperate for the first couple of days.
How to Mentally Prepare for Liposuction
Now that your body and your space are ready, let’s get your mind ready for surgery, too.
Know That an Emotional Roller Coaster Is Normal
Liposuction recovery is not especially difficult, but it is normal to feel some stress after any surgery. You may feel frustration, doubt, and fatigue, especially during the first couple of days following your procedure. Keep your goals at the front of your mind and know these temporary feelings will pass.
Make Sure You’re in the Right Head Space
You should only choose liposuction because it will make you happy and help you feel more confident—not because you feel pressured or want to meet outside expectations. (Still on the fence about whether lipo is right for you? Read our previous blog post.)
Ask for Support From Loved Ones
Reach out for help with childcare, pet care, and rides so you can focus on healing. It’s also a good idea to have someone stay with you the first night to check on you and offer support. Manage stress before and after surgery by talking to loved ones and communicating with your surgical team about any questions you may have. Your team is there to help!
To see examples of the results you can expect after liposuction, visit our before-and-after photo gallery.
If you would like to learn more about getting ready for liposuction in the Manhattan Beach area, please contact us online or call (310) 784-0644.