Post-Lipo Maintenance: How to Stay Trim after Body Sculpting

After breast augmentation, liposuction is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S., and for good reason. It’s transformative effects can last for years.

By removing pockets of fat from targeted areas of the body, liposuction puts the finishing touches on your ideal physique. It is particularly useful for eliminating lower belly fat, love handles, muffin tops, and upper arm fat. 

After the procedure, however, your body will resume its normal function, and may even compensate for the fat that was removed during liposuction. Because of this, it is essential to be mindful of the steps you should take to maintain your post-liposuction physique.

Here, Dr. John Silverton outlines the most effective ways to stay trim after your body sculpting procedure and to make your results last a lifetime.

Post-Liposuction Fat Compensation

Numerous studies show that after liposuction, patients’ bodies begin to store fat in areas other than where the fat was removed. Experts speculate that this occurs at the body attempts to maintain fat homeostasis – or keep fat levels the same. The good news is that your problem areas will no longer be your problem areas, but you will need to make sure you have healthy habits to prevent future fat storage and buildup of pockets of fat elsewhere in your body. 

Because of this, it is vital that liposuction patients equip themselves with knowledge about lifestyle and nutrition, and that they remain committed to healthy eating and exercise habits after the procedure.

Know Yourself

As the Oracle said to Neo in The Matrix: “Temet Nosce – Know Thyself.”

Knowing how much food and how many calories your body needs to function is a vital step in effective weight management. How many calories your body consumes in a day depends on numerous factors, such as: 

  • Your job 
  • Your lifestyle 
  • How regularly you exercise
  • Your current body fat content. 

To maintain the same weight after liposuction, your body needs only to replace the calories it uses in a day.

For example, if your body consumes 2000 calories in 24 hrs, to maintain the same weight, you need to eat 2000 calories in the same time frame. Consuming more than the calories you need will result in weight gain; consuming fewer will generally result in weight loss.  

There are plenty of online calorie counters which will help you determine how many calories your body needs. Alternatively, you can visit a dietician and get a precise measurement of your metabolic rate and learn exactly how many calories you should consume every day.

Learn About Nutrition

Nutrition is consistently shown to be the number one factor in keeping fat off our bodies.

If you do some online research, you can inform yourself about the right foods, quantities, and caloric intake required to give you a balanced, healthy diet that is correct for your body and lifestyle.  

By equipping yourself with knowledge and understanding, you give yourself the best opportunity to change previous bad habits and maintain that post-liposuction perfection.

As the common analogy goes, our body is like a car. The food we eat is our gasoline. There are plenty of grades of gasoline, but only good quality gasoline gets the best results and longevity out of the car.  

Good petrol for our body is food that you can recognize – Michael Pollen, in his book “Food Rules” has a great, simple rule for eating:

“If you look at the food and can’t say what it is, don’t eat it.”  A tomato contains tomato, but what’s in a Twinkie? Processed foods contain unrecognizable ingredients, and these are the source of “empty” calories.  When you meet your caloric needs through processed food, you may create cravings and hormone imbalances that will undermine your efforts to maintain a healthy weight.

Eat Healthily

Whereas learning about nutrition is the first step in keeping your post-lipo silhouette, putting that knowledge into action and eating healthily is the second step.

Eating healthy means eating whole, fresh foods that you can recognize, and avoiding excess sugar. Regardless of your dietary preferences and whether you choose to eat animal products or not, you can get a healthy, balanced diet by eating whole, fresh foods.

Make sure your plate has plenty of fresh green vegetables, some color with fruits and legumes, and some fresh, unprocessed meat or other clean protein.

Make Water Your Drink of Choice

Beverages such as soft drinks or juices contain vast amounts of sugar, and when you consume this much sugar at once, your body stores the excess in the form of fat.  By simply cutting out sugary drinks and replacing them with water, you can cut empty calories from your diet and prevent fat formation.

For example, if you drink a ‘Starbucks-To-Go’ in the morning, a can of Arizona Ice Tea at lunch, and a can of Fanta in the afternoon, you have consumed 570 calories. By replacing these sugary drinks with water, you immediately slash your daily caloric intake.

A glass of water at the beginning of a meal also aids your body in digestion and feeling full, meaning you will consume less at each sitting by merely drinking more water.


Walking at a comfortable yet brisk pace for forty minutes burns approximately 350 calories. If you can make walking a daily habit, you will certainly notice a difference in your energy levels and weight management. Many people use devices that track their steps to set goals for themselves and increase their daily movement.

Regular Exercise

Time dedicated to strength or cardio training is a great way to maintain and even improve upon your post-liposuction figure.

If you can get to the park three times a week and do some pushups, lunges, and a twenty-minute jog, your body will keep consuming more calories.

Strength training in the gym, attending yoga or HIIT classes, or swimming are also great activities to keep your body and mind active and prevent that fat coming back. Mix up your exercise and find what you enjoy. If you can build in some vigorous exercise about three times per week for roughly an hour, your metabolic rate will stay higher, burning more calories.

Post-liposuction is an ideal time for you to really begin paying attention to your weight management strategies. To learn more about liposuction or post-liposuction weight management, contact Dr. Silverton at 209 952 2251 or fill out his online form to book a one-on-one consultation.