How to know if you’re a candidate for body contouring surgery?

By March 7, 2023News

The number of Australians undergoing body contouring surgery has significantly increased over the past decade. Patients may consider surgery for a number of reasons, for example, they may have undergone major weight loss and now have rolls of excess skin they desire to remove, have struggled to ‘bounce back’ after pregnancy, or may just have stubborn pockets difficult to get rid of with the right diet and exercise.

There are a variety of different body contouring procedures that can be tailored for each patient’s unique concerns. Some common areas include the abdomen, arms, breasts, thighs, buttocks, hips, face, and neck.

At Southern Aesthetic, we provide a comprehensive consultation with you prior to your procedure. This allows us to discuss what results you are hoping to achieve and will give you an idea about whether you are a good candidate for body contouring surgery.

So, how do you know if you are an ideal candidate for body contouring?

There are both non-surgical and surgical body contouring options. However, those with more significant concerns, or skin laxity, are likely to require surgery in order to achieve their desired results. Although, due to their nature, not everyone may be a candidate for such treatments.

Your current weight is close to your goal weight

You should be at your goal weight before undergoing body contouring surgery. Body contouring isn’t a weight loss procedure and is more effective in patients once they have reached a healthy goal weight, and maintained it for three months. The final results are far better, and the risk of surgical complications.

You have excess skin after significant weight loss

When your body stores excess fat, your skin stretches to accommodate it. Carrying that excess weight for many years before losing it again often means the skin has lost its elasticity. Patients may notice that they have stretch marks on their skin, particular in areas where they held most of their weight. The surgical removal of the excess skin is the only proven method to fix the problem of skin laxity in these patients.

You maintain good nutrition, overall health, and fitness

Body contouring is a real surgical procedure and requires surgical dissection and excision of large amounts of tissue, leaving long scars that need to heal. It is important that patients maintain good overall health so that they are not deficient in the essential nutrients and vitamins required to recover and heal post-surgery.

You are a non-smoker

Did you know that smoking is one of the most significant risk factors for impaired wound healing, infection, and delayed recovery? Patients considering body contouring procedures need to have quit smoking at least six weeks before surgery and need to maintain their abstinence from nicotine for at least six weeks post-surgery. The risks of complications are very high in fact, many surgeons would not offer body contouring procedures to patients that are active smokers.

At Southern Aesthetic, we provide an effective means of body contouring surgery Sydney-siders trust. As mentioned, body contouring surgery is only performed when it is determined that you are stable at your goal body weight. It is vital that you are nutritionally healthy and fit to tolerate the duration of this surgery and recovery.  Contact us on 02 9186 8105 for more information.

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