When do you know that you’re ready for body contouring surgery? Every patient will be different, of course, but there are some common indicators and thresholds that most patients will pass. In many ways, it will be up to you to determine whether you’re ready for a body contouring procedure.
How Do You Know You’re Ready for Body Contouring?
Body contouring is an incredibly broad (and powerful) set of plastic surgery procedures. Included in this category are procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, and lower body lift. Technically, even something like an arm lift is usually referred to as body contouring. So here’s the question: when are you ready for body contouring?
Because not everyone is all the time. For example, if you were to undergo liposuction or tummy tuck, your surgeon might ask you if you considered yourself to be a stable weight. That’s a common question, and it’s one of the ways (but not the only way) that you know you’re ready for body contouring.
Wanting Body Contouring
Body contouring procedures can be transformational and significant. So it’s important to note that you should only be asking yourself this question if you actually want to undergo a body contouring procedure. Not everyone wants a tummy tuck or liposuction. And that’s okay! Not everyone should undergo these procedures.
But if you want to make changes to your body, and you think a body contouring procedure is the way to do it, then it makes sense to start looking into all those possibilities. And that brings us back to the primary question here: how do you know when you’re ready for body contouring?
The answer to this question is going to be different for each and every person. Sometimes there’s an emotional milestone you need to reach before you feel ready. Sometimes it’s a more physical journey. Either way, these decisions should be made in conjunction with your plastic surgeon to ensure that you receive the best results possible.
There Isn’t a Checklist
The moment that you’re “ready” is going to be different for everyone. There isn’t a universal checklist, but there are a few rules of thumb:
- Ensure you are a stable weight: Most body contouring procedures, from liposuction to tummy tuck to arm lift, will count on you being a stable weight. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to be your ideal weight (those are two different things). If you maintain a stable weight, your results will last for a longer period of time. And that’s essential when it comes to surgical body contouring (likely, these are not processes that you’ll want to repeat). If you lose or gain weight after your body contouring, you could stretch out your skin or diminish your proportions.
- You have no plans to become pregnant: To be sure, becoming pregnant can be a joyous occasion. But most patients wait until they are finished having children to undergo body contouring surgery. The reasoning is simple; these procedures are designed to undo much of the stress and trauma imposed on your body by pregnancy and childbirth. When you become pregnant again (after surgery), you can effectively undo all of the body contouring work that you have invested in. This can be a significant financial and emotional loss.
- You want to feel more confident: Many patients undergo body contouring for one very simple reason: they want to feel more confident. And, to these patients, it seems as though their body is holding them back. Body contouring procedures are designed to achieve results that simply are not possible to duplicate using natural means, such as diet and exercise. So many patients, when the time comes, simply feel as though they are ready to be more confident and comfortable in their bodies.
There will certainly be other and more individualized factors. For example, your health will be a crucial consideration. If you want to undergo a body contouring procedure and you think you’re ready, be sure to talk to your plastic surgeon about your options.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic surgery for nearly five years. He’s always in touch with cosmetic and plastic surgeons to ensure he has the latest and most up to date information possible.