Body Contouring After Dramatic Weight Loss
- 06 January 2016
As we roll into the New Year, new years resolutions are in full swing. Gym and weight room are flooded with people determined to reduce their body weight and establish new and improved lifestyles. With diet and exercise, weight loss can be accomplished.
Then, one may start to venture down the avenues of plastic surgery in order to take part in body contouring. Before doing so, however, there are some things to consider and a few questions to ask.
“Am I a good candidate for post weight loss plastic surgery?”
You may be a good candidate for surgery if you have loss a dramatic amount of weight. This could have been accomplished through diet and exercise or from bariatric surgery.
It is imperative that one’s weight is no longer fluctuating. For some, this may mean maintaining the desired weight from an extended period of time up to a year and a half.
Lastly, a client’s skin must be in need of the surgery. Answer these questions: “Is there sagging skin in multiple areas of my body? Maybe around the neck? Through the thigh and above the knees? What about the tummy and breasts?”
“What are the pros and cons of post weight loss surgery?”
It is important to meet with a plastic surgeon in order to determine the pros and cons. While pros and cons can vary from person to person, there are a few that should always be considered.
One will likely experience an enhanced self-esteem from the effects of body contouring surgery, but it is not a guarantee that the surgery will turn out exactly as planned.
Body contouring surgeries will help clothes fit better and widen one’s clothing options, but (despite the surgeon’s best efforts to hide and minimize scarring) there will be permanent scarring from invasive operations.
Chafing, rashes, and related infections will improve creating a better overall comfort, but straying away from healthy lifestyle choices (diet, exercise, etc.) may take a toll on the effects of surgery.
“Do I have what it takes to go under the knife?”
Going through body contouring surgery after dramatic weight loss is not an easy process. Mental preparation is quite possibly just as important as physical preparation.
Patience. The recovery process from any invasive surgery is difficult at times. Immediately following an operation, there will be swelling, pain and recent incision marks. While these will all dissipate, this time frame requires patience.
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Perseverance. Clients must be dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and maintaining their weight at the time of surgery. This means discipline. With this, the pre-op weight must be one’s desired weight. After surgery, it is not a good idea to continue losing weight. This may result in additional surgeries.
Overall health. Another important factor for having a body contouring surgery after dramatic weight loss is overall wellbeing. Someone who suffers from chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart failure or other chronic diseases should consult with their primary care physician before moving forward with plastic surgery.
Expectations. The normal aging process will continue to happen after a body contouring surgery. There should be an expectation for improvement but not perfection. It is unlikely that someone’s body would be restored to their teenage years, prior to weight gain.
Body contouring surgeries can certainly assist in the final round of dramatic weight loss. Whether one is looking to improve their tummy, arms, buttocks, or thighs, there are always things to consider. The important thing to remember is that everyone is different. Therefore, it is crucial to consult with a surgeon prior to making the decision to go after what you want.