Liposuction is the only effective form of lipedema surgery since it removes the fat cells permanently. Liposuction improves the contour and appearance of a lipedema sufferer’s body. It boosts her self-esteem and helps her to feel more self-confident. However, it is important to be aware that a person must maintain a healthy lifestyle after the lipo procedure. Otherwise, the results of the treatment won’t be permanent.
Adopting lifestyle changes is often essential after lipo for lipedema. People commonly have to make a change in their diets. Many patients wonder if they need to eat a special diet after their procedure. Usually, a balanced diet is sufficient to prevent weight gain that could reverse the benefits of the procedure. Eating more whole grains, vegetables, lean protein, and fruits is important. Also, reducing the number of simple carbohydrates, saturated fats, and sugars is key to long-term success. Many patients find that if they eat several small meals regularly throughout the day, they feel more satisfied. It also helps to stave off any feelings of deprivation while keeping energy levels up. Staying hydrated is also important to controlling hunger and maintaining a healthy metabolism, as well as aiding in digestion.
So, which foods should you avoid after lipedema surgery?
You should not eat foods that have a high level of saturated fat after lipo for lipedema. Fried food, full-fat dairy produce, fast food, fatty meat, and baked goods are all high in saturated fat. Avoiding processed foods is advisable since they contain trans fats, which are also unhealthy. Eating some fats is important. However, they should be the right kinds. Olive oil and nuts are healthier options for your fat intake. Avoiding fatty protein sources and switching to lean meat, legumes, and fish will also help promote healing.
Highly Salted Foods
When recovering from your liposuction, you should avoid salty food. Consuming a large amount of sodium will increase inflammation inside the body. This slows down the process of healing. Limiting or restricting salt is important for two to four months after your lipedema surgery. Rather than adding salt to food, use spices or herbs instead. Garlic, onions, basil, parsley, oregano or cinnamon could be useful alternatives for flavor.
Avoiding Sugary Food
Sugary foods can cause weight gain after your lipo procedure. This is why restricting or limiting the amount of sugar you consume at this time is important. If you gain too much weight, you will negate the benefits of your liposuction. The fat will begin to return, and your lipedema will become problematic once more. Sugary food contains a small number of minerals, vitamins, and nutrients that are vital during the recovery process. Those calories are, therefore, best derived from healthier options.
You should avoid alcoholic beverages, such as wine, liquor or beer, immediately after lipo for lipedema. You should consume no alcohol for at least a full 24 hours after the procedure. Some surgeons recommend a longer period of restriction because of prescription medications that could interact with the alcohol. It is, however, essential to maintain a good fluid intake while healing. Therefore, drinking herbal teas, natural fruit juices, and water is important.
Consulting A Professional
While liposuction is an effective form of lipedema surgery, it is not a magical cure. It’s possible to gain weight after the procedure and for the lipedema to return without a healthy lifestyle. However, by choosing a healthy diet, you can enjoy your slimmer body for many years to come. Contact Artlipo today to find out more about our procedures and to learn whether lipo is right for you.
Dr. Thomas Su, is the owner and cosmetic surgeon of Artistic Lipo. He has led our full-time clinic specializing in awake-only liposuction since 2007. Dr. Su began his medical career in internal medicine, practicing that until 2005, when he began to provide a full spectrum of non-invasive cosmetic procedures.