The short answer: Yes, you must! Liposuction is an effective technique in removing the stubborn pockets of fat in your body, such as love handles and muffin tops, but research shows that these can still recur.
But that’s not all there is to it. New research suggests that fat removal from the abdominal area through liposuction may cause the build-up of visceral fat, or the fat around the belly. Take note that visceral fat increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Fortunately, research has also shown that regular physical exercise can counteract both the recurrence of fat and the build-up of visceral fat! So, when you’re thinking about liposuction at Smart Lipo, be sure to add regular physical exercise to your post-operation plan.
Liposuction can permanently remove the fat and fat cells from the treatment area, which may be the abdomen or the thighs. There will be a significant reduction in the fat cells in said area with the fat unlikely to recur here.
But the fat cells in the non-treatment areas will likely pick up the slack, so to speak, and this is where fat growth will happen. In a small study conducted in Brazil, 36 women who underwent abdominal liposuction were divided into two groups – one group exercised two months after surgery and the other group did not.
The result: The women who didn’t engage in exercise for three times a week exhibited a 10% increase in belly fat than their counterparts who exercised.
Keep in mind, too, that liposuction may contribute to weight loss, especially when a large volume of fat has been removed. But it’s more of a contouring procedure and less of a weight loss method, much less an effective long-term one. You will have a trimmer and tighter toned physique after liposuction but the only way to maintain it afterwards is to adopt a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
When to Exercise
Doctors don’t advise, however, exercising too soon after the liposuction. Keep in mind that your body has undergone a physical trauma so it needs sufficient time to heal. Otherwise, you may be getting more hospital days than you bargained for.
Ask your doctor about the best time to exercise after your operation. In most cases, nonetheless, six weeks after should be sufficient time. You can start with a five-minute warm-up session followed by 30 minutes of cardio exercise, such as running on a treadmill or cycling on a stationary bike. You can add strength training a week afterwards.
Liposuction may remove the excess fat but your determination to keep it off via a healthy diet and exercise regimen is the more important aspect.