Park City, UT (PRWEB) October 09, 2012
While it’s tempting to look at body contouring as a fast fix and easy solution to weight issues, plastic surgeons emphasize that patients have to do some pre-procedure work if they want to achieve the best results. Experts recommend that patients be within 30 percent of their ideal weight, and have resolved any emotional or psychological issues relating to eating before considering body-contouring procedures.
A healthy diet combined with a comprehensive exercise plan started before the procedure will put patients in the best possible condition for optimum recovery. Maintaining those changes means keeping your post liposuction body and those additional pounds won’t creep back, negating the time, effort and expense incurred with the body contouring procedure. Exercise in particular is a great stress reducer. Patients who had previously relied on food, alcohol or smoking to cope with stressful situations will find that incorporating regular workouts in their daily schedule is a healthier option.
And while liposuction might slim the body by removing fat cells, it doesn’t have the same health benefits such as reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes or benefits to metabolism as diet and exercise, noted the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). With this in mind, some plastic surgeons have incorporated wellness education into their cosmetic surgery practices, according to Los Angeles plastic surgeon Peter Fodor, MD in an ASAPS news release. “As plastic surgeons and physicians, our professional interest is to help patients achieve a better quality of life by improving both the way they look and the way they feel,” he said.
Patients preparing for any body contouring procedure need to have a thorough consultation with their plastic surgeon. Lifestyle factors and patient history that can affect the surgery outcome include tendency toward weight fluctuations, exercise routine, smoking habits and exposure to secondhand smoke, alcohol consumption, sun exposure, sleep patterns and stress coping mechanisms.
By having in place a strategy for achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, patients are more likely to be satisfied with the outcome of their body contouring procedure, even months after it takes place.