The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently released their January 2013 Plastic Surgery Update video, and it sheds light on some important facts that patients seeking liposuction and/or a tummy tuck keep in mind. If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, liposuction isn’t a shortcut for diet and exercise. As a site-specific procedure, it is only used to remove stubborn deposits of fat that won’t go away no matter how much you diet and exercise.
Meanwhile, a new study shows that tummy tucks can actually help you keep weight off after losing it. According to researchers, the removal of fat tissue during your tummy tuck procedure reduces your body’s production of the brain chemicals that stimulate your appetite. In other words, you will feel fuller sooner, which will help you keep your appetite in check and maintain your healthy new shape.
Lastly, the video highlights an important issue that isn’t talked about nearly enough: smokers have significantly high complication rates for all types of surgery, including plastic surgery. Smoking interferes with oxygen getting to your blood, which affects your body’s ability to heal. Because of this, smokers who undergo surgery have a higher chance of tissue death at the surgery site, and are more likely to need re-operation.
If you are considering plastic surgery and want to learn more about a specific procedure, please contact The Weston Center for Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery today to schedule an initial consultation. We serve patients throughout Weston, Ft Lauderdale, and Miami, Florida.