Weight Management & Plastic Surgery: What's the Connection?

When you Google it, there’s all kinds of data on the internet about plastic surgery after extreme weight loss, and for good reason. When someone loses a significant amount of weight, they can be left with large amounts of loose, saggy skin, which can be depressing after they’ve worked so hard to reach a healthy weight.

But there’s another issue that’s less talked about and it has to do with “weight management” and how it impacts your plastic surgery results. In the United States, we’re experiencing an obesity epidemic, so it’s no wonder why this issue can spill over into the field of plastic surgery.

“Can someone’s weight affect their plastic surgery results?” Absolutely. As a matter of fact, excess weight is the one thing that can negatively affect a person’s plastic surgery results more than almost any other lifestyle factor.

When people are considering a facelift procedure, a tummy tuck, liposuction, or body contouring, they often fail to think about how their weight, or changes in their weight could affect the results of the procedure. Weight gain, is the biggest issue.

Should I Lose Weight Before a Procedure?

In many situations, we recommend that a patient lose weight before having a procedure, especially in cases where the individual is planning on losing a significant amount of weight afterwards. If you are confident that you have weight loss goals, it’s best to discuss them with Dr. Yuly Gorodisky and depending on how close you are to your ideal weight, he may advise you to lose the weight before having surgery.

Often, it’s more effective to lose the weight first and then have the work done. From there, weight management is important to maintaining your results. If you have a procedure when you’re at a healthy weight and then you gain 15, 20 or more pounds, it can minimize the results, and that’s just counterproductive!

To lose weight in a healthy manner, it’s important to incorporate daily exercise and stay away from sugary drinks, processed foods and sugars. Instead of eating junk food, eat a whole food, “clean” diet that consists of plenty of lean meats, nuts, seeds, fish, fruits and vegetables.

But remember, in order to lose weight, you need a calorie deficit so eat less and move more, but make sure those calories come from high-quality, nutritious foods, not junk food.

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To achieve your desired results, it all begins with a consultation with our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Yuly Gorodisky. Contact our office today to get started on your journey.