Liposuction is often portrayed as an easy weight-loss solution – don’t diet and exercise, just get it sucked out. But the truth is that maintaining the results of liposuction surgery is a long-term commitment that can’t be taken lightly. On a recent episode of The Doctors, one woman’s liposuction journey was profiled, along with some valuable advice about postoperative exercise.
Jill, a 45-year-old single mother, had long felt self-conscious about her legs, which she describes in a previous video as “mushy.” (The video can be found here, but be careful – it shows some surgical footage, and is not for the faint of heart.)
“When I get invited to a pool party, initially I have a panic attack,” Jill says in the video. “I’ll help in the kitchen, I’ll hang around, I’ll walk around. It’s not even an issue that I’m going to get into a bathing suit.” She wears long skirts and long dresses to conceal her legs, and confesses to feeling jealous of women with slim legs. “My son is having a bar mitzvah in December – I want to look good. It’s a very scary thing for me to think that I could wear something above my knee.”
Fortunately, she turned out to be a great candidate for liposuction. Like most liposuction patients, she was in good health and at a normal weight, but found that diet and exercise had not been able to help.
In the clip above, she steps in front of the cameras couple of months after her surgery. After advising Jill that it will take 6 to 9 months for all of the swelling and numbness to go away, Dr. Ordon talks about the importance of exercise.
“Exercising – so important – that’s how you’re going to maintain this result. We went in there, surgically removed that fat and those figure faults that weren’t budging with exercise, so… focus on exercising your lower body.” He suggests a combination of cardio and weight training as the best approach to maintaining liposuction results. “As long as you maintain a stable weight, those fat cells are gone.”