Maintaining Your Post-Surgery Results

 

This month, I want to give basic tips on how to stay healthy and how to maintain the results after cosmetic surgeries such as tummy tuck or liposuction.

 

Even though I highlight this fact often, I always like to remind my patients that these surgeries are in no way a quick fix to losing weight. Instead, they should be a last resort for those stubborn areas carrying fat that has not responded well to diet and exercise.

Through this newsletter, I discuss some of the ways that cosmetic surgery results can be maintained, so that you know how to keep your body looking amazing for years and years.

 

I hope you enjoy this newsletter and remember to visit my website and my Facebook page for more info on all the procedures I perform!

 

HOW TO KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF AFTER SURGERY

It is essential to know that even though surgeries like tummy tuck and liposuction will remove a few litres of fat from your body, it is up to you to keep the weight off or pile the kilograms back on afterwards.

How good your results will be depend on the surgery of course, but your lifestyle post-op will make or break the long term results and this is something to keep in mind if you are considering going under the knife.

As a plastic surgeon, I have helped numerous women get the results they have always wanted.  However, there are steps that are required for the beautiful results to be maintained.

For many plastic surgery procedures, reaching an ideal weight greatly enhances the final result. Operations such as:

    • breast reduction and augmentation
    • abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
    • liposuction
    • even a facelift

Are positively impacted by weight loss prior to surgery and maintenance afterward.

I often warn my patients that surgeries like liposuction or tummy tuck are in no way weight loss tools, and if weight loss is planned and or desired, it is best to try to reach that goal prior to surgery. When this is accomplished, the surgical result is improved.

Use your cosmetic surgery as motivation to stay healthy

It is easy to slip up and resume to your old ways once you have achieved beautiful results and feel slimmer but the whole point of the surgery is to maintain your post-op body for as long as possible.

If anything, your new, slimmer self should motivate you to seek even more improvement via exercise and a balanced eating regime.

EXERCISING AFTER SURGERY

Engaging in vigorous exercise too soon after surgery can result in serious and dangerous complications, like inflammation and swelling, re-opening of incisions, worse post-operative scarring, and infection.

I usually recommend that plastic surgery patients wait at least six weeks before returning to their normal exercise routines, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend six weeks in bed!

Light exercise is important to the healing process.  Keeping up with regular physical activity, like walking a few minutes a day for five days a week, is key to long-term maximal loss and maintenance. Along with a healthy diet and fitness-oriented lifestyle, skincare management should also be of major concern.

Exercise not only is essential to maintaining your tummy tuck shape, but it is healthy for your heart, lungs, and body.  Cardio exercises (running, swimming, kick boxing, etc.) can be great ways to get your heart rate up and keep weight off.

Exercise can also help you to heal more quickly and tone the surrounding muscles of your abdominals.

 

EATING RIGHT POST-SURGERY

Proper nutrition is essential to fuel normal functioning of human anatomy, including beating of the heart and respiration of the lungs. Nutrient needs are altered when additional stress is placed on the body, including growth spurts, exercise, injuries, sickness, and pregnancy/lactation.

Surgery is particularly stressful as incisions are created and the body works to heal its wounds.

A healthy diet can make a tremendous difference in maintaining tummy tuck and liposuction results.  Look for foods that are jam packed with fruits and vegetables, and avoid others that full of preservatives.

Portion control is also important to limit weight gain and to monitor how much you are eating on a regular basis.

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