Maintain a Target Weight
Before you can be considered a good candidate for cosmetic surgery after weight loss, you should be able to maintain a steady weight long-term. If you continue to lose weight after surgery, you may end up with more excess skin. Further, if you gain weight after surgery, your results could be compromised.
Establish Healthy Habits
Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen can help your body recover more quickly. Avoiding alcohol and quitting smoking can do wonders for you in the recovery stage. Here’s a tip: prepare and freeze nutritious meal options before surgery to make healthy eating easier, reduce stress, and keep your body fueled with the right nutrients to support healing.
Schedule out Recovery Time
Start organizing your support network as soon as you know you will be having the procedure. You’ll talk to Dr. Kaufman about what you can expect during recovery, from pain management to how long you’ll need to take off work.
Have Realistic Expectations about Your Outcome
Although body contouring can deliver wonderful results after significant weight loss, having unrealistic expectations about the outcome almost always ends in disappointment. When planning your body contouring procedure, it’s important to acknowledge that aesthetic surgery is intended to enhance your natural figure rather than create a new one.
Multiple Procedures may be Necessary
When it comes to post-weight loss body contouring, many patients are not able to fully address their concerns with a single procedure. Separate surgeries are typically required for different areas of the body such as the arms, buttocks or thighs. Sometimes, a combination approach can help minimize the number of total procedures that are necessary. Common post-weight loss body contouring can include tummy tuck, thigh lift, breast lift, breast reduction and body lift procedures. Dr. Kaufman can help you decide which procedures are right for you.