Undergoing a plastic surgery procedure is part of your personal commitment to a better lifestyle, but even before surgical options are pursued, engaging in good fitness practices is crucial.
Sensible exercise done on a regular basis may tighten some skin and it will help your surgeon determine the extent of the procedure needed to complete your contouring. Once our procedures have tightened your skin and you’ve regained your body contours and trim shape, you will want to do everything you can to maintain that body. You’ve earned it!
The Importance of Fitness
Fitness is vital to maintaining your physical health and keeping weight off. Some people have no difficulty switching into a fit lifestyle (they are on a roll!), but others find it hard to avoid slipping back into old habits over time. Exercising helps maintain your skin’s elasticity. After loose skin has been removed and the remainder stretched into place, your skin is thinner in those areas. Exercise builds muscle that fills out and firms your shape without overstretching your skin. Combined with a good diet, your skin should achieve its best elasticity potential, depending on your age and other factors.
Fitness is not just exercise. It is a combination of disciplines that also include diet and lifestyle activities. Keeping yourself properly hydrated and avoiding excessive sun exposure, smoking, and heavy drinking will help your skin recover some or all of its elasticity. When you lose weight, particularly dramatic amounts in a relatively short time, some muscle is lost with the fat, and the supportive underlying muscular structure that keeps the skin tight to your body is reduced. There is nothing under the skin to keep all of it stretched out.
Eat to fuel
When you are exercising, ensure you are eating enough to maintain your energy levels without gaining or losing weight. Eat according to your level of activity.
Monitor your weight daily or weekly
Correlate your changes in weight with food intake and activity level.
Water is crucial for maintaining skin elasticity.
Eat protein rich foods
These foods have collagen and elastin forming compounds for good skin.
Nourish your skin
Exfoliate to increase skin circulation. Skin creams with Aloe Vera, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, E, and A increase collagen and elastin formation in skin.
Contact Us: We’re Here To Help
Taking on a new, fit lifestyle can be daunting. We are here to help you find a routine that works best for you. NYBG Plastic Surgery is committed to your continued success, especially after you’ve healed from your surgery. Our aftercare services include comprehensive access to all the tools and guidance you’ll need to maintain the healthy lifestyle your body requires. Fitness is not skin deep. It involves your whole body. Many of our patients discover they’ve gained not only a more aesthetic body shape, but also a whole new outlook on day to day health. They not only protect their investment in themselves, they achieve a return on that investment that gives them a longer and more enjoyable life.
To speak with one of our helpful and knowledgeable staff, reach out to us today.
Virtual Health Partners
We also work with Virtual Health Partners who offer expert advice and direction from both medical and nutritional leaders to help a person create a sustainable and state-of-the-art successful nutrition and fitness program.
VHP offers a library of exercise videos, that can be viewed on your patients’ phone, computer, or tablet. We have created videos for all fitness levels, beginner to fit. Live streaming fitness classes & one-on-one virtual fitness training sessions are also available.