Maintaining Smartlipo Results: Tips to Keep the Fat Off

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Published on Nov 24, 2023 By: WIFH Staff

What Patients Need to Know About Smartlipo Results

Two of the most common questions patients have about the minimally invasive Smartlipo laser-assisted liposuction procedure are:

When will I see results? and How do I maintain Smartlipo results post-procedure?

Not only will this article answer both of those questions, but it will also provide helpful tips for patients to maintain optimal results.

Expect to See Smartlipo Results Gradually

It is important for patients to know that Smartlipo results are not immediate. Directly following the procedure, Smartlipo patients typically experience some swelling, inflammation and bruising to the treatment areas. As this swelling subsides, patients may notice some  differences about 1-2 weeks following the procedure. It is also common to have “hard spots” or “knots” in the treatment area that typically appear during weeks 4-6 of recovery. These areas of inflammation almost always resolve completely over time and do not affect your final results.

An integral part of recovery, preventing complications and ensuring your best results is compliance with wearing your compression garment for 4-6 weeks after your procedure. You should wear this garment at all times except showering. We will provide you with one compression garment and you may purchase others if you wish. This garment simultaneously reduces swelling and inflammation while it continues to shape and contour the body. Smartlipo results will continue to improve gradually in the months following surgery, with “final” results expected around 4-6 months post-op.Recovery is highly variable and individualized, which is why it is important to attend all of your post operative visits to see your doctor and document your progress.

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Tips for Keeping the Weight Off & Maintaining Results After Liposuction

Once patients have undergone Smartlipo, they will want to ensure the final results last long-term. An unhealthy lifestyle often leads to the need for liposuction, so making any necessary diet and exercise adjustments will be critical to maintain your results.

Below are some tips that will help you maintain your results from Smartlipo and stay healthy so you can enjoy them. .

Exercise Regularly

Exercise is extremely important for a healthy lifestyle overall but also for helping you maintain your results. Exercise builds and maintains lean muscle mass which is important for maintaining a healthy metabolism and preventing fat weight gain. Exercise also makes you more confident in your body and enhances your Smartlipo results.

Healthy Eating Habits

It’s important to maintain a balanced healthy diet. This means avoiding simple carbohydrates like cakes, cookies, candy, cereal, chips, soda(even diet soda), juices, sweet tea, breads, white rice, pasta and white potatoes. We also recommend avoiding excessive salt and focusing food consumption on lean proteins and complex carbohydrates (vegetables). It is also important for overall health not to consume more than 2 grams of salt daily and to be aware of the amount of food we eat. We recommend eating all home meals on salad plates and taking ½ of meals out home. Additionally, there is good data that eating plans like intermittent fasting and caloric restriction are beneficial for overall health.

Paul E. Cox, MD, MS

Dr. Paul Cox MD, MS is the Owner and Medical Director of WIFH, serving the Atlanta-area community as a physician for over 20 years. A 1999 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Dr. Cox completed his residency in Family Medicine in 2002 and is board certified in both Family Medicine and Anti-Aging Medicine. He has been licensed in Georgia since 2001. As one of the first physicians trained in Smartlipo in 2007, Dr. Cox has performed thousands of Smartlipo laser liposuction procedures without complication. He has been performing cosmetic injectables since 2003 and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the world of aesthetics.