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Can Plastic Surgery Help You Lose Weight?

Spring is just around the corner, which means putting the thick coats and sweaters away and enjoying the sun. It also means trying to lose weight so you look good in spring clothing and swimwear.

That’s easier said than done, of course, which may explain why so many patients visit Dr. Mark A. Deuber to ask about cosmetic fat removal and body contouring procedures. These patients may be disappointed to find out what these surgeries are intended for.

The team at our Dallas, TX cosmetic surgery center would like to discuss weight loss and what role body contouring procedures play when it comes to people losing weight. The answers may surprise you.

Plastic Surgery Is Not Intended for Weight

Let’s get this out of the way first: plastic surgery is not intended as a weight loss tool.

It’s true that body contouring surgeries such as tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and thigh lift (thighplasty) can help remove loose skin and flab, but these surgeries are cosmetic in nature.

Only a certain amount of tissue can be removed during these surgeries. While you will lose some weight from a body contouring surgery, the weight loss is not the primary purpose of the surgery.

Can Liposuction Help with Weight Loss?

Liposuction is often confused as a weight loss tool, but that is definitely not how it’s supposed to be used. During liposuction, a plastic surgeon removes targeted pockets of fat from a patient’s body. Yet only a limited amount of fat can be safely removed during the procedure.

Like other body contouring surgeries, the weight loss experienced during a liposuction is not the primary function of the procedure. Aesthetic improvements are.

Tried and True: Diet, Exercise, and Lifestyle

If you want to lose weight, the best way to go about it is to eat a balanced and nutritious diet, exercise regularly, and make other healthy changes to your lifestyle. Try to avoid crash diets, fad diets, cleanses, and over training at the gym. Instead, aim for reasonable goals to change your body composition and to lose weight gradually.

Try to treat weight loss as something sustainable rather than something that has to be accomplished quickly. By considering long-term weight management rather than quickly cutting weight, you’re more likely to stick with what works and keep the weight off longer once you hit your goals.

Discuss Weight Loss Options with Your Doctor

Losing weight is easier said than done. Each person is different, so it’s important that you speak with you doctor about what you can do to maintain a healthy weight and to keep those pounds off. In addition to looking better, there are innumerable health benefits to shedding excess weight. These benefits include lower blood pressure, safer cholesterol levels, and improving your overall mood and disposition.

Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss

So, you’ve lost a lot weight thanks to lasting lifestyle changes. Congratulations! You may notice, however, some sagging skin and stretch marks. Your skin just doesn’t fit your slimmer frame.

This is when you can consider body contouring surgery. The procedures performed will tighten the loose skin, reduce the sagging, and help you look trimmer and fitter in the process.

Learn More about Plastic Surgery

For more information about improving your appearance and sculpting your body, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon. Dr. Mark A. Deuber and our team are here to help you.

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