You’ve invested your time and money in cosmetic surgery to sculpt your desired figure. Now you need to invest in self-care to maintain the results.

It’s easy to assume that since you’ve had Liposuction, a Tummy Tuck or another body contouring procedure that the results will remain forever, even if you return to the same lifestyle habits. Unfortunately, that is not necessarily the case.

Cosmetic and plastic surgery treatments designed to remove excess fat or contour the body such as Liposuction, Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), Abdominoplasty are an effective way to gain that new shape and manage weight gain. Most patients also report a boost in confidence and body image after undergoing these surgical procedures, essentially having a new lease on life.

However, to maintain this new shape you’ve come to love and overall good health, some healthy lifestyle changes should be adopted. A small investment in self-care will prove valuable in the long run.

9 tips to maintain your shape after cosmetic surgery

1. Take your recovery seriously

Trust us when we say, your cosmetic or plastic surgeon knows what’s required during your recovery time to ensure optimal results. Follow the post-operative instructions including the wearing of compression garments and attending the lymphatic drainage massage appointments. And make sure you’ve been given the tick of approval before you resume your normal activities, especially for those who’ve undergone invasive or extensive surgery.

Not only will this help maintain your results, but post-operative care can also help reduce side effects such as blood clots and speed up the healing process.

2. Get someone in your corner

Whether you’ve had cosmetic surgery, aiming for weight loss or simply want to live a healthier lifestyle, changing old habits can be challenging.

Finding someone who can hold you accountable can help in maintaining the results of your cosmetic procedures and your ideal weight.

3. Watch your macronutrient balance

A healthy diet should be at the core of maintaining your new shape, a healthy weight and overall health. Rather than adopting a yo-yo dieting mentality, start with making some basic changes.

Take a look at the macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fat) balance of your plate. Reducing your carbohydrates and ensuring you have adequate protein and quality fat in each meal can help to avoid weight gain and maintain weight loss.

4. Ditch the refined sugar

Refined sugar is simply empty calories that if not used as fuel ends up accumulating as excess fat cells. That’s the last thing you want if you’ve just had a mommy makeover or fat removal via Liposuction.

Take note of the refined sugar in your diet including in your snacks, meals and beverages. Stick with a limited intake of natural sources such as fruit or sweeteners like raw honey or maple syrup.

5. Maintain healthy portion sizes

Overeating is one of the main causes of weight gain so addressing your portion sizes can be an easy step to maintain your results and your ideal weight.

The easiest way to take stock of your portion size is by using your hand as a guide. For women, a serving of protein should 1 palm, vegetables 1 fist, complex carbohydrates 1 cupped hand and fat 1 tumb. For men, these portions are doubled.

6. Adopt a regular training regime

Consistency matters when you’re trying to maintain your cosmetic surgery results or lose some weight. In fact, exercising regularly can enhance the results of body contouring procedures such as Liposuction and BBL.

If you’re not used to training, start slowly. This may be 30-minutes of light exercising, to begin with. For those who are regular gym-goers, moderate to intense workouts after your recovery period might be more suitable. While exercising 6 days a week alternating muscle groups won’t hurt if you really want results, you need to ensure your body has enough time to rest and recover.

7. Lift some weights

Strength and resistance training is a great way to maintain skin and muscle tone after your cosmetic surgery procedure. Aim for two or more days of strength training a week with a program that targets all major muscle groups.

8. Monitor your stress levels

Stress increases your cortisol levels which are associated with excess body weight and belly fat. When you’re stressed, your body enters ‘fight or flight’ mode holding onto body fat as part of its survival mechanism.

Not only that, the high cortisol levels stimulate your hunger particular for refined and high sugar foods for instant fuel and gratification. It’s very difficult to maintain a healthy weight or lose excess weight if you’re living in a stressed state.

9. Hydrate!

Drinking plenty of water after your cosmetic surgery procedure is essential for your results and for your overall health. Making sure you’re hydrated can help with the healing process and should be an important part of your skincare regime.

Aim to drink 2L of water per day; more if you’re exercising regularly and at a high intensity.

Just like cosmetic or plastic surgery, taking care of your health is an investment. Don’t spend your hard-earned cash to find out that poor dietary or exercise habits are impairing your results.