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Diet, Weight Loss and Plastic Surgery

I am often asked by my patients if they should diet and lose weight before or after their cosmetic surgery. In general, you should be at your healthiest prior to any elective surgery. Regular exercise combined with a good diet and a stable weight is always the ideal. Of course, this is not always the case. If you are somebody whose weight fluctuates and you know you can take off the extra pounds when you want to, it is certainly best to do this prior to surgery. Think of your cosmetic surgery as a very expensive dress. You want it to fit perfectly. If you lose your weight first and then have your surgery, the results you will obtain will be optimized. Many of my patients find this as an excellent incentive to lose weight. A “carrot and stick” type of approach. On the other hand, there are some people that no matter how hard they try, they cannot lose weight, let alone get down to their “ideal” weight. In these cases, proceeding with their cosmetic surgery may be perfectly fine. Following their cosmetic surgery, these patients often not only feel better about themselves, but they are more comfortable going to the gym. And because they look and feel better, watching what they eat becomes easier. This combination of exercise and improved diet then leads to weight loss. Is this OK in light of the fact they had their cosmetic surgery first? Absolutely. These patients look and feel great. What is best for one person may not be best for another and vice versa. Only you, perhaps with a little advice from your plastic surgeon, can determine your best course of action.

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