Has quarantine left you with spending too much time watching Netflix and snacking, and now you’re dreaming of getting a toned, trim silhouette? Or, maybe through all of the COVID-19 shutdown, you’ve had extra time to work out, have lost weight and now have uncomfortable areas of sagging skin. Or, maybe you had a baby and are eager to restore your pre-childbirth shape. Cosmetic surgeries such as a BodyTite and Tummy Tucks can go a long way toward helping you meet your aesthetic goals. To help ensure you’ll get results you’ll love, here are three tips.
1. Experience and Board Certification Matters!
Don’t trust your body and aesthetic results to just anyone! It takes years of commitment to earning board-certification and upholding the highest possible standards of medical ethics and patient safety. To attain board certification, a plastic surgeon must pass a series of challenging exams and commit to ongoing education in the art and science of their craft.
Do your homework! If you’re considering surgically altering any aspect of your appearance, it’s essential to verify that your chosen surgeon is board-certified. During consultations, you can ask for the surgeon’s credentials and verify it on board certification websites. The ongoing popularity of cosmetic procedures has led to some underqualified doctors misrepresenting themselves as having more experience than they really do. Also, finding someone to perform a surgery based on lower pricing can have devastating results. That’s why it’s worth putting in the time to do your homework and find a talented, trustworthy doctor who has extensive training in the procedure you’re considering.
2. Plastic Surgery Results Take Time – Be Patient!
After getting cosmetic surgery performed, it’s normal for people to be eager to show off their new and improved selves. However, you should have realistic expectations for how long it might take to fully recover and heal from cosmetic surgery. The results often reveal themselves gradually.
For example, with a procedure like BodyTite, you can see results quickly; but it can take up to six months before you will be able to enjoy your final outcome with a Mommy Makeover. With an arm lift, you can expect to wait between four and six months to see your full results. Be patient and allow your body to heal at its natural pace, which doesn’t happen overnight. If you’re looking to get cosmetic surgery as part of your preparations to look your best for an event such as a wedding, vacation, or class reunion, plan accordingly.
3. Commitment is Key to Lasting Results!
Body-contouring procedures can be life-changing, but you’ll need to be willing to put in the work to get the full rewards. While a surgery like BodyTite, it can remove some amount of stubborn body fat, that doesn’t mean the fat will never return. The fat cells that are removed during BodyTite or liposuction procedures are gone for good and won’t return to your body. Unfortunately, however, if you consume more energy (food) than you expend, your remaining fat cells will grow. That’s why the best tips for staying slim after liposuction involve creating and maintaining healthy lifestyle habits. When our patients use their BodyTite procedure as a starting point for a new relationship with food and exercise, they maintain a sculpted, trim figure for years.
For staying fit and having lasting sculpted results, we recommend:
1. Drink More Water
Choosing to drink water instead of a sugary, caffeinated beverage full of artificial flavors is a healthy way to maintain ideal body weight. Make sure to get at least 64 ounces of water (the equivalent of about two liters) per day, including an eight-ounce glass of water before each meal to help you feel fuller and reduce the amount you eat. You can also get hydration from your diet – plenty of foods, such as cucumbers and lettuce, have high water (and low calorie) content.
2. Work out Regularly
Most people who come to us seeking BodyTite have already made significant progress in achieving their weight loss goals, but despite all their hard work, they still struggle to lose fat in regions like their “muffin top,” “love handles” or “saddlebags.” These people have already disciplined themselves to follow a regular fitness regimen, but need a little extra help making it to their goal appearance.
3. Add Activity Into Every Day
In addition to your normal workout habits, you should bump up your overall level of physical activity if you want to remain in good physical condition. Having an active lifestyle can avoid the sneaky weight gain that often accompanies sedentary habits.
When you’re ready to talk about body sculpting procedures, Dr. Magassy is ready to listen to your wants and discuss with you the options to receive optimal results. Call to schedule your consultation 703-790-5454.