How Do I Get a Flatter Tummy After Liposuction?

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Liposuction is a procedure to remove excess fat—usually from your stomach area. It is different than a tummy tuck. Ideal candidates for abdominal liposuction are relatively fit and toned but just cannot lose their extra few inches. This procedure cannot address loose or excess skin, but it will remove fat and some associated fat cells. During the liposuction recovery period and in the future, you must take certain steps to maintain a flatter tummy.

Lymphatic massage reduces liposuction swelling and speeds up recovery.
Lymphatic massage reduces liposuction swelling and speeds up recovery. (Image: XIANGYANG ZHANG/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Wait at least two to four weeks before getting back to a workout routine. After six to eight weeks, you can perform stomach exercises such as crunches. If you were not a regular exerciser before the liposuction, you will need more recovery time before strenuous exercise; it could take several months.

After 6 to 8 weeks, you can perform crunches.
After 6 to 8 weeks, you can perform crunches. (Image: nilswey/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 2

Avoid extreme weight loss or weight gain. This can lead to an uneven or dimply skin appearance, according to Smartliposuction.com. Because the swelling from surgery can last up to six months before the final results will be evident, it is better to maintain your weight throughout the healing process.

Try to maintain your weight.
Try to maintain your weight. (Image: Reid Veto/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 3

Get a massage. In general, massage can reduce the appearance of lumpy skin after liposuction. Lymphatic drainage massage in particular reduces inflammation more quickly and ensures that toxins are being removed properly, according to Looking Your Best.com. This will speed up recovery time and could ensure a flatter tummy when the swelling is reduced. Improved circulation and stronger immune defenses are other massage benefits.

Get a massage.
Get a massage. (Image: targovcom/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 4

Eat a low-fat diet rich in nutrient-dense foods. Your body needs protein after surgery. Choose lean proteins such as chicken or fish. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It is a myth to think that you cannot gain weight back into your tummy after liposuction, advises Smartliposuction.com. The remaining fat cells will store the excess if you eat fatty foods and consume too many calories.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Step 5

Do aerobic exercise consistently. Activities like biking, walking, jogging, dancing and swimming keep you toned, promote weight loss, increase metabolism and burn calories. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends moderate cardiovascular or aerobic exercise for about 30 minutes at least five days a week. You can do more, but pay attention to your body’s response to exercise and how fatigued you feel.

Do plenty of aerobic exercise like biking.
Do plenty of aerobic exercise like biking. (Image: Błażej Łyjak/iStock/Getty Images)

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