The Weight Loss and Cosmetic Surgery Connection
If you want to lose weight, you could consider going on a diet or taking up regular exercise. But weight loss surgery is also an option these days, and there are many procedures that can help. But should you lose weight before surgery, or vice versa? How can you get rid of those problem areas of stubborn fat? How should you choose a procedure? Here are answers to these questions and more.
Should You Lose Weight Before Surgery?
The general advice is that you should aim to reach your ideal weight before you get surgery. Why? Surgical risks are lower when you are nearer your ideal weight, and the results are often better.
For example, you may want to get a tummy tuck to get rid of excess skin. If you have the surgery and then continue to lose weight, you may undo all of the good results of the surgery. Surgery should not normally be seen as your primary way to lose weight, but rather as a way to help you get over the final hurdle.
Use Surgery for Problem Areas
Sometimes you will get to your ideal weight, but you will have areas of excess fat that you just cannot seem to shift. This is when surgery can really help.
Liposuction, for example (click here to find out more about this) is a great way to get rid of stubborn excess fat. It is a shaping procedure rather than a way to lose weight, and it should be considered after you have already tried dieting and exercising.
It is the same with tummy tucks. These are a way to remove excess skin and to flatten the core. The closer you are to your target weight, the better the results will be.
What Is Your Ideal Weight?
Your ideal weight should be a realistic goal and it has to be something you can maintain after the surgery. You may want to be much thinner, but you may not be able to maintain this weight, so think of your ideal weight as something you know you can stick to.
It is a good idea to reach your ideal weight and then try to keep it the same for three months or so before considering surgery. If you manage to do this, there is a good chance you will be able to stick to this weight in the future.
How to Choose a Procedure
The first step when choosing a weight loss surgery procedure is to talk to your surgeon. Choose an experienced surgeon with a good reputation, someone you feel comfortable with, and ask them about the possible procedures they can offer you.
Depending on your situation, they may recommend a procedure like liposuction over a larger procedure like a tummy tuck. This could be ideal if you are at your ideal weight but just have excess fat around your abdomen, and it normally has a quicker recovery time.
However, they may not recommend surgery at all. A good surgeon will always provide an honest answer. For example, there are many techniques that do not involve surgery, such as cosmetic treatments like Ultherapy, which can be an alternative to liposuction.
Analyze All Your Options
If you are keen to lose weight and you don’t know when you should start thinking about surgery, always talk to an experienced surgeon to get answers. In general, try to reach your ideal weight before getting any surgery, and look at surgery as a way to give you that final improvement that you cannot achieve with exercise and dieting alone.
About the Author:
Dr. Kevin Rughe is a qualified Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He always enjoys the opportunity to connect with an online audience and has already written a number of informative articles for various websites.