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Are You a Good Candidate for Body Contouring Surgery?

Are you considering a body contouring surgery, such as liposuction or an abdominoplasty? Here are some signs that you could be a good candidate for such procedures and how our board-certified plastic surgeons can help you achieve the safest and most satisfactory outcomes.

Body contouring surgeries, such as liposuction or abdominoplasty, are designed to remove fat or excess skin and help recontour the body. They may be considered after massive weight loss to remove extra skin or to achieve the body shape you’ve always desired by targeting specific areas.

Body contouring can be used to address several trouble spots on the body, including: 

  • Upper and lower abdomen
  • Arms
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Waist
  • Chest (for men) 

If you have specific concerns such as love handles, bingo wings, a muffin top, or belly fat, then working with a board-certified plastic surgeon to design a customized body contouring procedure could help you achieve the body shape you’ve always wanted. 

Customized Body Contouring Procedures at Our Kelowna Private Hospital

At our Kelowna private hospital, our team of board-certified plastic surgeons are highly experienced in a range of general and plastic surgery procedures, including body contouring, orthopedic surgery, and gynecology surgery, and can help you achieve all your health and aesthetic goals in the safest and most satisfactory manner. 

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Are You a Good Candidate for Body Contouring? 

There are many forms of body contouring procedures — both surgical and non-surgical. While both types have their benefits, surgical procedures, such as liposuction and abdominoplasty, tend to produce more dramatic results. However, due to the nature of the surgical procedure, not everyone is an ideal candidate for such surgeries. 

While an in-depth personal consultation with your plastic surgeon is the best way to determine if a body contouring procedure is the right option for you, here are four signs that may indicate you could be a good candidate for such cosmetic surgeries. 

1. You have excess skin following significant weight loss.
Losing a lot of weight requires hard work and dedication and if you have put in this effort, it can be frustrating to see saggy skin that doesn’t respond well to diet or exercise. Thankfully, body contouring procedures such as an abdominoplasty, can eliminate any unwanted skin.

2. You’re close to your goal weight.
The ideal candidate for a body contouring procedure follows a well-balanced diet and exercises regularly. Even after your procedure, you must continue with these healthy habits to maintain your results. Procedures such as liposuction and abdominoplasty can indeed help create a sleek new profile but for such surgeries to have the biggest impact, you must be between 15-20 per cent of your ideal weight.

3. You don’t smoke.
Smoking plays a significant role in recovery from any surgery. Not only can smoking delay healing, but it will also negatively affect your circulation and increase your surgical risk. Due to this, an ideal candidate for body contouring surgery is a non-smoker who is in good general health.

4. Your weight has stabilized.
Before you undergo any type of body contouring surgery, your weight must have stabilized within a reasonable range. For example, if you continue to lose weight, new sagging skin or contours can develop. If you rapidly regain weight, you will stress your skin, weakening it and sometimes causing stretch marks.

Realistic Expectations Are Key for the Best Body Contouring Outcome

If you are planning on undergoing cosmetic surgery, you must have realistic expectations of the outcome. Your plastic surgeon will discuss these with you during your consultation, but you must understand that: 

  • Cosmetic surgery can help you address some aesthetic imperfections, but it will not magically make your life perfect. 
  • Once you’ve had your procedure, you will have to maintain your results. After a body contouring procedure, you will need to exercise and eat healthy to keep your weight from returning. 
  • Good communication is essential. Satisfactory results don’t just depend on your surgeon’s skills. They also depend on your ability to precisely communicate what you want. Talking as honestly and specifically as possible will ensure that you and your plastic surgeon are on the same page.
  • You won’t see your results immediately. People who have a healthy perspective about plastic surgery understand that patience is required during the recovery period. You will need time to heal and you may even have to restrict your daily activities for a while. Understand that everything needs time to settle into place, but that it’s worth the wait. 

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To find out more about our range of body contouring procedures, and how our plastic surgeons can help you address all your aesthetic concerns and help you achieve your goals in the safest and most satisfactory way possible, contact our Kelowna private hospital at 250-868-9799 or fill in our online form.

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