Summary: When small, isolated areas of stubborn fat just aren’t responding to diet and exercise, liposuction can yield very effective body contouring results to help you achieve your goals.

But before you jump right into your procedure, taking some time to prepare for your recovery ahead of time can make a world of difference when it comes to maximizing your comfort and healing process. Keep these six tips in mind when prepping for your liposuction procedure to help make your recovery smooth and effortless.

1. Prep Your Recovery Space

In the days or even weeks leading up to your surgery, do yourself a favor and take a little time out of your busy schedule to prepare a comfortable, relaxing recovery space that will be completely ready for you when you come home. Equip your area with plenty of fluffy pillows, blankets, tissues, magazines, lip balm, comfy clothes and anything else you can thin of that you might want or need.

Make sure that you choose a quiet, calm area for your recovery.

2. Plan for Child or Pet Care

For the first few days after liposuction, your plastic surgeon will likely recommend that you don’t do any heavy lifting or strenuous physical activity. They will recommend that you stay hydrated! If you have small children or pets who require your care, make sure your plan for another responsible adult to step in and lend you a helping hand while you rest and recover.

The same goes for grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning and other physically demanding daily duties. Lining up help for these tasks in advance can help to put your mind at ease during and after your procedure, as you’ll know that you have nothing to worry about as soon as you go home.

3. Kick Bad Habits

If you smoke, there’s no better time than the present to quit for good. Smoking may lead to complications during your surgery or recovery period, so most reputable plastic surgeons will ask that you stop smoking at least 4 weeks before and after your surgery.

In the same vein, excessive alcohol consumption can hinder your body’s healing process and may interfere with certain medications. Cutting back or ditching alcohol entirely before your liposuction surgery can help to improve recovery time, the quality of your results and even your overall health.

4. Eat Well

Fueling your body with the right nutrients to optimize its ability to heal can have a significant impact on your recovery. Stock up on plenty of foods like fresh fruits, veggies and whole grains. Another good option is yogurt, which contains beneficial probiotics to help speed up healing.

5. Stay Hydrated

Don’t underestimate the power of water when it comes to speeding up the repair process and maintaining a healthy, happy body. Drink plenty of water or other low-calorie, non-carbonated beverages throughout the day.
Avoid sugary sports drinks, though, as high amounts of sugar may suppress your immune system and actually slow your healing process. These kinds of drinks are also typically very high in sodium, which can cause water retention and a bloaty, uncomfortable feeling.

6. Take It Easy

Above all, it’s essential that you listen to your body during your recovery. While it can be a good idea to get up and walk around or stretch to keep your blood circulating, you don’t want to rush into trying to do too much too soon. Only do as much as your body allows, and don’t be afraid to simply kick back and relax for a couple of days.