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Liposuction Essentials:
MAINTAINING YOUR RESULTS AFTER THE HEALING PHASE
 
Creating Healthy Bodies from the Inside Out: An Integrative Approach to Optimize the Results of Your Cosmetic Surgery
By: Nathan Newman, MD & Rhonda Roussel, C.C.N., C.N.H.P
Liposuction Essentials Overview

In the first article we discussed how to optimize your surgical results from the inside out.  In the second article we informed you of the importance of eliminating toxins from the body before having liposuction and in the third article we shared just how important it is for patients to take an active role in optimizing their bodies own natural ability to heal after liposuction.  This article will complete our four parts to liposuction essentials. Within this article we will explore options and inform you on how to apply them to your daily lifestyle to enhance your appearance and help maintain your surgical results.

Creating a New Lifestyle

Healthy nutrition is not about eliminating or adding any one product to your diet.  It is about discovering and maintaining balance with all food groups as you simultaneously balance your body, mind, and spirit.  Many aspects of our lifestyles, mostly what we eat, drink and expose ourselves to, can slow down or speed up the development of everything from wrinkles to cancer and heart disease.  However, making one or more key changes can help you age more healthfully and gracefully. The most powerful thing in our lives that affects our quality of life and how rapidly we age is Stress, the quantity of stress and how we deal with our stress.  Our bodies go through what is known as the “flight or fight” response which increases the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Not only does this hormone have a major impact on hormones and skin aging, but it will also cause weight gain and cause your body to lose muscle mass and memory which help to burn calories. When pressed for time or when we feel overwhelmed we often turn to sugary and fried foods, caffeine, drinking alcohol and smoking. However when we use poor or nutrient deficient foods and substances to counteract our stress, we in-turn do just the opposite. Putting more stress on the body in a different way, causing cortisol and insulin levels to rise. By pouring toxins into our bodies, we impair our body’s ability to detoxify external and internal toxins making it very difficult for the body to find its equilibrium, which is so important in maintaining good health.  The toxic overload that we create in our bodies leads to fatigue, trouble with cognitive function and more severe conditions that can affect cardiovascular function.  Toxins can also affect the skin when foods such as sugars, Trans fats and other chemicals are incorporated into the diet. They create significant changes to hormones. Nutritional and cellular changes also occur which will manifest into early signs of aging that we associate with conditions like acne, wrinkles, dark circles, loose sagging skin and more.

Whole Nutrition

A diet based on whole foods refers to foods that are as close to their natural state as possible, without additives or processing.  Chemicals and preservatives that are commonly found throughout our diets contribute largely to inflammation in our bodies.  Inflammation can be our body’s worst enemy when we are trying to maintain our surgical results.  When we eliminate foods that cause inflammation, especially high processed, starchy, sugary, and fried foods, and add anti inflammatory foods, this enables us to short circuit the process that’s responsible for everything from weight gain to cancer. We can fight inflammation by eating a phytonutrient and antioxidant rich diet, that’s high in plant based foods.  Stock up on fruits and vegetables of all kinds, whole grains, unsalted nuts and seeds, beans, brown rice, lean meats, poultry, little beef, white fish, and low fat or fat free organic dairy products.  The combination of fresh unprocessed foods is effective because most of these foods have a low glycemic impact on the body, meaning they don’t cause the blood sugar to spike.  When the blood sugar goes up quickly, insulin levels rise causing stress and inflammation in the body.  Having a plant based diet raises the blood sugar slowly allowing the body to process, absorb nutrients, and digest waste from foods more effectively.  Staying well hydrated is very important.  Ten eight ounce glasses of water per day and avoiding coffee (regular and decaf) will help the body stay hydrated and will fight inflammation in the body.  Green tea is also great for decreasing inflammation and providing the body with antioxidants.

Good Fats

Foods that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids are also excellent in protecting the body during healing and maintenance for general health and anti-aging.  Omega 3 fatty acids help maintain a better ratio of muscle to fat.  Skin will look better and bones and joints will function better.  Eliminating saturated fats and all Trans fats from your diet will undeniably help fight the signs of aging both internal and external.  Trans fats also aid in slowing down metabolism and fat burning making it very difficult to maintain your liposuction results.  New food labels make it very easy to find out if the product has saturated fats or Trans fat. If in doubt avoid any product with hydrogenated on the label.

Helpful Tips

It is important to watch your caloric (calories) intake if you are eating whole foods but too much of a good thing can compromise your surgical results and your body’s ability to maintain them.  Eating smaller portion meals throughout the day not only helps maintain a healthy weight, but also provides the body with more energy allowing the body to rest and recover.

Sugar may taste great but it is important to know that not only does it add empty calories and make blood sugar levels go crazy but sugars coat the surface of proteins in the body, making them work less efficiently.  Visible effects of what sugar can do to the body come in the formation of premature wrinkles, puffy looking skin, and excess body fat near the waist line, just to mention a few.  To reduce sugar intake pay close attention to food labels. Sugar goes under many names including fructose, corn syrup, glucose, dextrose, maltose and sucrose, among others.  Do your best to limit your sugar intake to small amounts.  

Supplements are something we all need.  We are unable to get all the nutrients we need from our diets even if we eat well.  Supplements are the essentials to any maintenance program. Getting the basics include antioxidants vitamins A, C, E, selenium as well as B vitamins and minerals which can be found in a good quality whole-food (not the store) multivitamin.  And of course essential fatty acids (E.F.A.) are a must for brain function and help in burning fat. 

Exercise is the single most powerful weapon in fighting anti-aging and maintaining your surgical results. Exercise not only helps maintain a healthy weight but is one of the most effective ways in regulating hormones.  You can reduce cortisol and insulin levels and are able to control your body’s composition (ratio of muscle to fat).  Exercise also maintains muscle and bone mass and helps the body detoxify through perspiration.  Remember the skin is the largest detoxifying organ in the body.  If you are good to your body your body will be good to you.  Doctor’s recommend 15 minutes or more of cardio exercise at least three to five days a week to start.  This will safely raise and lower your heart rate while working at different intensities. Don’t forget to stretch five to ten minutes before and after your workouts.  You don’t have to over do it to maintain a healthy body but you have to do something.