For any cosmetic surgery procedure performed at Centre for Surgery, we always recommend being as close to your target weight before surgery as possible. Doing this requires a sensible program of regular exercise combined with healthy eating. We always emphasise the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise to help you feel an improved sense of well-being. People with active lifestyles often feel more confident about themselves. The promotion of healthy lifestyle measures before considering surgery is always something we actively recommend.
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However, in many cases, diet and exercise on their own may not always help you to achieve your aesthetic goals. This can be immensely frustrating, and here we discuss the reasons why diet and exercise alone may not be the best option to treat many common aesthetic concerns.
Post weight loss surgery
Losing weight is never easy, although we always recommend addressing lifestyle factors before we would recommend a surgical procedure. It is commonly thought that procedures such as liposuction or a tummy tuck are procedures that can help you lose weight. Both liposuction and tummy tuck are body contouring procedures designed to contour and sculpt the body to achieve an improved appearance for people who have already lost weight regardless of the amount of weight lost.
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Before having cosmetic surgery, we recommend you have a body mass index between 18.5 and 25. If you are overweight, you should be no more than 6 to 8 kg above your goal weight before having plastic surgery. This helps to reduce both anaesthetic and surgical risks. Your final results will also be better and can be maintained for the long term. People who undergo yo-yo dieting leading to significant weight fluctuations after surgery, may find the results of cosmetic surgery to be adversely affected.
When it comes to significant weight loss, many people find they have been left with excess skin. Excess skin cannot be eliminated with diet and exercise alone. It can be annoying for patients to have achieved significant weight loss only to find they have been left with large amounts of excess skin that may hang like an apron from the abdomen, thighs or arms. There may also be residual pockets of stubborn fat that can make your overall body contour appear odd. The only way to get rid of excess skin is with excess skin, removal surgery, also known as post weight loss surgery.
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There are several body contouring procedures that are designed to get rid of excess skin and fat affecting the abdomen, arms, or thighs. At our specialist plastic surgery centre, our surgeons commonly perform tummy tucks, arm lifts and thigh lifts. This helps people to achieve a smooth and contoured look with skin that appears tighter looking. Our specialist plastic surgeons are experienced in all types of post-bariatric surgery to help patients achieve natural-looking surgical results. Post weight loss surgery can produce truly life-changing results that can help people to develop a significant boost in self-confidence. Getting rid of excess skin helps to put the finishing touch on your overall result. You have already done all the hard work by losing a significant amount of weight.
Mummy makeover surgery
Diet and exercise can also fail to produce similar results to surgery in women who have experienced weight loss after pregnancy. Women who have undergone one or many childbirths will know the whole process places enormous strain on their bodies. However, the immense joy of bringing a baby into the world makes it all worthwhile.
Some women successfully manage to lose pregnancy-related weight by adjusting their eating habits or adopting an effective exercise schedule. Despite this, it is common to see persistent abdominal fullness with deflated breasts that may appear saggy or droopy, made worse by continuous breastfeeding.
After pregnancy, it is very common for women to develop diastasis recti, also known as abdominal muscle separation. Abdominal muscle separation occurs as the rapidly enlarging uterus stretches, the abdominal muscles leading to tearing. Diastasis recti cannot be improved with diet and exercise alone. The only way to treat abdominal muscle separation is with surgery to get rid of a bulging abdomen.
Diet and exercise does very little to improve the shape of deflated breasts, and it is virtually impossible to get rid of localised stubborn areas of fat that persist after pregnancy.
The best option to address all of these pregnancy-related changes is to have a mummy makeover. A mummy makeover is a combination procedure that most commonly involves an abdominoplasty, with or without liposuction, combined with a breast lift, with or without breast implants to enhance the shape and size of the breasts. Women can achieve a dramatic body transformation in a single procedure to reverse the undesirable changes caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Schedule a consultation at Centre for Surgery
If you have tried for a long time with healthy eating and regular exercise and have seen no positive results, we may be able to help you with a plastic surgery procedure to help you achieve your body goals.
Centre, for Surgery is the leading specialist plastic surgery clinic in London and is home to highly trained UK cosmetic surgeons with expertise across the full range of post-weight loss surgical procedures and mummy makeovers. Call us today on 0207 993 4849 or complete the contact form below to schedule an in-person consultation.