Picture this: You've finally made it to the financial stability to buy the car of your dreams. You make the purchase, drive the vehicle home and start caring for it as it's one of your most prized possessions. The thought of letting the wellness of this car fall by the wayside is unfathomable; you just spent thousands on it and couldn't imagine letting that money go to waste by neglecting to take care of it.
Now, think about if that investment wasn't a car, but instead a cosmetic procedure. Would you still feel the same way?
Plastic surgery is serious financial investment as well, which means you need to take care of your body if you want to maintain your results. You can't just put down the money, go under surgery and call it a day – how you treat your body after a cosmetic procedure years later can still impact the results.
But don't worry! Taking care of yourself is the easiest way to keep the look of your dreams. Here are a few tips for maintaining your plastic surgery results:
1. Follow a healthy diet
While cosmetic procedures designed to contour your body are often considered by people who don't see results from diet and exercise, eating healthy will ensure you stay in shape and maintain the figure developed by the surgery. While procedures like liposuction are used to remove fat cells for good, as The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery explained, you can gain weight in other areas which can disfigure the contour you paid for. Don't let the investment go to waste by eating processed foods and unhealthy options. Instead, follow the 2015-2020 dietary guidelines by the United States Department of Agriculture: Eat whole fruits, a variety of vegetables, whole grains, fat-free dairy and lean proteins.
2. Develop a regular exercise regimen
A healthy diet might be the most important factor in maintaining your weight, but exercise is just as valuable to your overall health and well-being. Again, physical activity is a key component to keeping weight off which ensures you maintain plastic surgery results.
"Start slow and work exercise into your every day routine."
If you've never worked out regularly in your life, don't assume you can't start slow. Work it into your everyday routine with 10 minutes of cardiovascular activity. Once you become accustomed to exercise, you should focus on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommendations: 150 minutes each week dedicated to moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity with two days dedicated to muscle-strengthening exercises.
3.Take care of your skin
Your complexion is another important factor to consider after receiving a facial procedure. A regular skin care regimen is ideal for maintaining a lively complexion after your surgery. Cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing, as well as wearing lotion or moisturizer with at least SPF 15 is essential for keeping your skin in good shape.
Based on your cosmetic surgery, you may be advised to follow a more advanced skin care regimen, according to the ABCS. A combination of various medical-grade products will likely be recommended to avoid scarring and keep your complexion in the best possible condition as you age and you skin continues to change.
4. Talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon for specific tips
Beyond the generalized tips provided, your body, personal health and well-being might rely on something more specific to maintain your results after surgery. Talk with your board-certified plastic surgeon for recommendations based on the cosmetic procedure you chose. This professional advice is the best way to ensure you maintain the results and remain pleased with your investment.
Visit Maryland Plastic Surgery for your next cosmetic enhancement
If you've been on the fence about getting plastic surgery or you're interested in undergoing another cosmetic procedure, contact Maryland Plastic Surgery today. We provide a variety of cosmetic surgeries as well as MedSpa treatment to help you achieve your goals and live your best life. Our staff can also provide tips and tricks for aftercare, post-op recovery and result maintenance.
So what are you waiting for? It's time to get more comfortable in your own skin. Call Maryland Plastic Surgery at 401-553-9444 to schedule your consultation today.