This is a good question, a question that we should all ask ourselves before jumping on the surgeon’s table. While it’s true that the pounds have been piling up and that your new hips and thighs sizes are forcing you to buy new clothes, that’s no reason to think that everything can be solved with the cut of a knife. Dieting is a long and hard toil, but it’s still a better way of solving the weight problem.
The first thing you should consider before undergoing plastic surgery for weight loss is the state of your own health. Surgery of any kind is not recommended for certain people. If you suffer from heart conditions, type 2 diabetes or severe apnea, a condition related to obesity, which is characterized by a suspension of breathing during sleep, then no doctor is going to let you sign up for surgery.
Another good thing to consider is whether you need plastic surgery at all. Surgery is usually recommended to obese people who need to lose weight but who have consistently failed to achieve success with dieting and exercise. Healthy persons who are simply 10 pounds or so overweight should not consider surgery before having exhausted all other options at their disposal. In fact most dietitians and health care experts will stress the same point because it’s important to give the body a chance to solve the problem.
One of the reasons why surgery is not recommended by health care experts is the fact that people who choose surgery, but refuse to change their eating habits and their sedentary lifestyle will end up just as fat in a year or two. They key to a healthy weight lies with a healthy lifestyle, not with a quick trip to the surgeon because that changes nothing and in fact reinforces the idea that you can splurge because there’s always a way of avoiding the consequences.
And since we’re talking plastic surgery, we should also discuss side effects. Fat is not always removed in a uniform manner, which means that the area from which the fat was removed has every chance to look lumpy or dented after surgery. Not a pleasant shape to look at, to be sure. Plus, there’s scarring, bruising, swelling, pain, numbness and limited mobility. There are also infections, skin damage, lidocaine poisoning, fluid imbalance and allergic reactions.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to take a look at your daily eating habits and make a plan for weeding out the bad food and replacing it with healthy food. Eat fruit and vegetables instead of snacks and chips at work and try not to stop for a burger, pizza or Chinese food on the way back home. Avoiding deep fried foods and choosing salad instead (preferably without mayo or blue cheese sauce) is the way to go.
There is no need for surgery when you can lose weight and stay healthy for a long time with only a couple of changes to your lifestyle. Working out thirty minutes every day is not that big an effort, but it really helps you stay in shape and healthy for years.