When is the Best Time to Plastic Surgery or Liposuction in Honolulu? Randy Wong, MD on 02 Aug 2016
A common question for those seeking body reconstructive surgery, is “when is the best time to have it done?” Many candidates are eager to have the body they have been dreaming of, and to shed some extra pounds of excess skin and weight. It is not uncommon for those on a weight loss mission to have a period of success followed by a period of plateau. It is during this plateau period that individuals may seek tummy tuck, liposuction, and other augmentation services. Those in the Hawaii area can consult with Dr. Wong regarding liposuction in Honolulu, tummy tuck in Honolulu, and breast augmentation in Honolulu.
Traditionally, operations like an abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck” are completed when the patient has already lost a significant amount of weight and has remaining undesired skin or flesh in the lower abdominal region. This type of surgery produces the best results as it does not require removing fatty tissue, making the procedure safer and allowing for better desired results. Often when conducting liposuction or abdominoplasty surgery, surgeons will include a breast lift or breast augmentation. Thus, these procedures are most accurately completed when weight loss has been made, excess fatty tissue dissolved, and client is closest to ideal weight.
If you’re considering liposuction in Honolulu, Dr. Wong generally suggests that you should wait until you are near completion of your weight loss goals. There may be other health related risks involved with having these procedures done while still overweight. The general consensus of the plastic surgeon community is to get closest to one’s ideal weight before having liposuction, a tummy tuck, or breast augmentation. If individuals are experiencing weight plateau, they should evaluate both diet and exercise regimens and plan their surgeries for a date in which they will have apt recovery time.
If adjustments in diet and workout plan do not create change in one’s weight loss journey, Dr. Wong notes that surgical body modifications often add a motivational element to both maintain post-surgery weight and continue to lose more. This is particularly true because the excess skin removed in a liposuction or tummy tuck will reduce the patient’s weight, and so the number on the scale will be even more motivational. It can also be easier to complete certain exercises and cardio activity with less bulk weighing you down.
Often, a surgeon will associate weight loss with the patient’s ability to follow instructions and stay disciplined. This is an important element of post-surgical care, but there is not necessarily a direct correlation. Sometimes people can have a very strict diet and exercise regime, but simply will not see the desired results. Some doctors might interpret this to mean that the patient isn’t trying hard enough, but in actuality, they need more assistance getting rid of stubborn fat. Liposuction and tummy tucks can accomplish this in record time, making the patient feel accomplished and proud of their body.
Dr. Wong and his team at Honolulu Plastic Surgery meet with each patient individually, to determine the most effective plan. He can be trusted to provide reliable advice and excellent quality of care, no matter which plan of action one proceeds with.