Body contouring is something that you may be interested in, but it’s important to know the right time to consider it. Various factors will affect how well your body responds to body contouring and how permanent or effective the results may be. Here are some of the factors that determine whether or not you’re ready for body contouring.
Are You At or Near Your Ideal Body Weight?
Body contouring procedures are not weight-loss procedures. Therefore, they will not produce your desired results unless you are already at or near your ideal body weight. Patients who are interested in weight-loss assistance should seek other means. Body contouring procedures such as a lower body lift, buttock lift, thigh lift, and arm lift can help to improve body contour for those who have undergone bariatric surgery and have already reached their body-weight goals. Similarly, a tummy tuck and liposuction can improve body contour for those who are at their ideal body weight but still have trouble areas. Body contouring procedures can remove excess skin and stubborn fat deposits that will not respond to diet or exercise. If you are at or near your ideal body weight but have excess skin or stubborn fat deposits, you may be ready for body contouring.
Have You Maintained a Stable Body Weight?
It is important to have maintained a stable body weight for a few months prior to surgery to ensure that you can maintain your results. Body shape is easily altered by changes in diet and exercise. Fluctuations in weight will change the shape of your body as you gain or lose extra pounds. Without a stable body weight, the results of your procedure are not likely to remain permanent. If you have built regular habits of healthy eating and exercising so that you can maintain your weight, you may be ready for body contouring.
Have You Finished Having Children?
As any woman who has ever been pregnant knows, pregnancy significantly changes your body shape. Many women never get back down to their pre-baby weight, and those who do will likely still have permanent changes to their body shape. The stretched out abdominal skin from being pregnant will not completely bounce back to its pre-baby tautness. Lower belly fat that your body accumulated to protect your unborn child will not easily go away. If this sounds all too familiar, body contouring can restore your body shape and improve your appearance. However, any future pregnancies will likely cause the same changes and compromise the results of your procedure. It is best to wait until you have finished having children before undergoing body contouring so that you can enjoy your results long-term. If you have finished having children, you may be ready for body contouring.
Dr. John L. Roussalis is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in performing body contouring procedures. He will help you determine whether or not you are ready for body contouring and which procedures will be best for you. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Roussalis today, please call us at (307) 234-4585 or fill out our online contact form.