Whether you’ve lost weight as the result of diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, you may be considering post-weight loss body contouring procedures such as a thigh lift or tummy tuck. Plastic surgery after weight loss can mark the final stage in your body transformation. Ask yourself these questions to help determine if the time is right for post-weight loss surgery.
Can I Maintain a Healthy Weight?
You should be at a weight you feel confident you can maintain long-term in order to be a good candidate for plastic surgery after weight loss. If your weight fluctuates significantly after you’ve had your body contouring surgery, your results will most likely be affected in a negative way.
Am I Healthy Enough for Plastic Surgery?
Make sure that you’re in good health, and that you’re getting sufficient nutrition. This can be a concern particularly with bariatric surgery patients, who may still be adjusting to their new dietary restrictions.
Talk to your general practitioner about whether you’re healthy enough to be a good candidate for post-weight loss surgery.
Do I Have Excess Fat or Skin that Won’t Respond to Diet and Exercise?
If you’re eating healthy and exercising regularly but still have fat pockets that won’t go away, you’re probably a good candidate for liposuction. Another common post-weight loss problem is loose or excess skin, which can be addressed with procedures such as a tummy tuck, body lift, arm lift or thigh lift.
Are My Expectations Realistic?
Post-weight loss procedures can help remove excess skin and stubborn fat, which can dramatically improve the way you look and feel. Further, they can even help with chafing, rashes and other skin issues caused by overlapping fat and skin. Even so, it’s critical to understand the limitations of plastic surgery and have a healthy outlook on what post-weight loss body contouring can achieve for you.