Is Your Body Ready for Post Weight loss Surgeries?
- 27 February 2014
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
Today’s society, as many of us would guess, has a growing problem with being overweight. It is a sad truth that obesity at all ages is increasing each year. However, correctional methods are also increasing. More and more people are choosing to do something about being overweight. People are choosing to correct
their obesity either surgically or by creating a healthier lifestyle for themselves. With whichever method, one thing is true for both: you will likely be left with a large amount of excess skin on various parts of your body. Lucky for us, plastic surgery has given us the ability to help rid ourselves of this extra tissue and skin. There are multiple surgeries that can help accomplish your goal of uncovering that you have worked so hard to achieve. But there is one important consideration: you have to be certain that your body is ready to undergo these types of surgeries before you decide to have an operation.
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There are a few important key factors to reflect on when considering surgery after significant weight loss.
First of all, it is important to determine that you are done losing weight, t hat you have met your desired weight goal and have maintained the same weight for over a year. If you have aspirations of losing additional weight in the future, it is better to hold off until you are truly comfortable with your weight in order to avoid further surgeries in the future. With this in mind, it is also essential that you are honest about whether or not you are capable of maintaining the weight you are presently, without residual weight gain.
It is crucial for you to be in overall good health. If you suffer from chronic conditions, or conditions that have lasted for longer than three months, then it is better to consult a physician about your available options. Reconstructive surgery is often contraindicated for clients with conditions such as diabetes or heart disease due to their overall poor health.
Reconstructive surgery requires a very healthy body that is well nourished. If you are not adhering to a healthy diet, it is recommended to consult with a nutritionist before having any body contouring surgeries performed. Adequate protein ad vitamins are imperative to promote proper healing after surgical procedures.
Another important factor to consider is your personal history of tobacco use. Smoking is very destructive to the body and is prohibited to patients for at least 6 weeks prior to any reconstructive surgical procedures. Smoking has the ability to increase the time needed for healing which, in turn, can create complications following the procedure. The healing process is a very important part of any surgical procedure so it is important to give your body the best chance of healing successfully, without complications.
Most importantly, you must have the right mindset going into the procedure. You must have a positive attitude and have realistic expectations of the particular surgical procedure. It is important to keep in mind that reconstructive surgeries are not magic. They take time to heal and you will have to be patient while the results reveal themselves. All the while, it is key to remain positive and encourage yourself throughout the process. After all, you have already come so far with your significant weight loss.