Do I Need to Lose Weight Before a Cosmetic Procedure?

Plastic Surgeon & Skin Care Spa Serving Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, Lee's Summit & Nearby Areas of Kansas & Missouri

Posted: July 23, 2019

Woman happy while she stands on a scale and sees weight loss Making sure you are a good candidate for cosmetic surgery is an important part of the process. One of the candidacy factors is body weight. Some people may be advised by the plastic surgeon that they will need to lose a certain amount of weight in order for surgery to be safe and effective. This could apply to any procedure, and it often comes up in relation to body surgeries, including:

At Renue Aesthetic Surgery, we want our patients to feel comfortable and confident as they make decisions about plastic surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Perez discusses body weight with you. He will let you know if weight loss is advised. We want you to enjoy beautiful results and a safe procedure, so we will discuss everything that needs to happen in order for you to be a great candidate.

Weight Loss May Be Right For Your Results

Before and after picture of Dr. Perez's tummy tuck patientYou'll be making a significant investment of time and money when you choose cosmetic surgery – you want to be sure it pays off. Weight loss is often necessary in order to get a good result. For the body procedures listed above, as well as for many other procedures, you must be at or near an ideal body weight for your height and age.

Here's the main reason: You wouldn't want to be losing more weight after the surgery. If you plan to continue to drop pounds after the procedure, it will change what the results look like. Plastic surgery is instead applied to the body near its ideal weight as a means of fine-tuning. Plastic surgery is not weight loss surgery. It cannot remove large amounts of fat in a way that looks good or is safe. Therefore, to get the best results for your investment, don't plan to need to lose any more weight after surgery.

Weight Loss May Be Right For Your Recovery

If you are around 15 pounds or so overweight, the treatment area may not be able to heal properly after surgery. In general, being overweight makes it difficult for your body to bounce back during recovery. It will take a lot more time to recover, as well.

"How Much Weight Will I Need to Lose?"

There's no way to know how much weight you should lose, or if you even need to lose any weight at all, without visiting Dr. Perez. He has decades of experience in plastic surgery and knows how to make sure his patients are great candidates. Oftentimes our patients are close to an appropriate weight for surgery, perhaps anywhere between 10-20 pounds. It could be more or less than that. If you are unsure where to get started, we can point you in the direction of various resources and help you decide if you can benefit from the services of a nutritionist and/or personal trainer. Some people are able to lose enough weight by increasing their physical activity, cutting out processed foods and focusing on healthy whole foods.

Take the Next Step Today

If you are interested in cosmetic surgery in Overland Park, KS, please call Renue Aesthetic Surgery at 913-685-1108. Our staff is happy to answer your initial questions over the phone. We'll also arrange a consultation for you at our office so you can learn all about your options for aesthetic rejuvenation.