After any face or body contouring procedure, there are several things that can affect your short- and long-term results. Most of these factors are entirely within your control. While aging will naturally reduce the elasticity of your skin, you can postpone or minimize the impact with a few mindful practices.
Avoid Excess Sun Exposure
UV rays are the most common cause of premature skin aging. Sun exposure without UV protection can weaken your skin, causing it to become lax. Over time, this will cause loose skin to return to the treated area. To help protect your body contouring results, apply SPF 30+ sunscreen to your skin if you are going outside for 30 minutes or more. In addition, cover your skin with long sleeved clothing when possible and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
Follow a Healthy Diet
Extreme changes in weight can greatly affect the outcome of your procedures. While the fat cells removed from your treatment area will not grow back, it is entirely possible to store fat in the remaining fat cells in the surgical area and surrounding areas. To prevent fluctuations in weight, eat a balanced, healthy diet consisting of lean protein, vegetables, whole grains, and fruits. This will not only prevent weight gain or loss, but also provide the nutrients your skin needs to maintain its elasticity and strength for years to come.
Consistent exercise, whether light or intense, is a great way to stave off weight gain and maintain muscle tone. In general, it is best to get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. If you need some variety, try alternating between cardio and strength training. Never underestimate even the simple exercises like walking. Remember…..something is better than nothing. Every single person can find a few minutes of every day for physical activity.
Call Now to See if Body Contouring is Right for You
If you have gone through significant weight loss or lifestyle change and want to rid yourself of excess skin and fat, call Dr. Jonathan Fugo today at 845-565-7040 to schedule a consultation. We welcome patients living in Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Westchester Counties as well as other surrounding New York communities.