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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY


Posted April 17, 2013 in Health & Lifestyle

Plastic surgery is not a weight loss method nor is it intended to provide you with a healthier lifestyle. Rather, it is designed to enhance a person’s body after he or she has already attempted to reshape his or her body via the natural route – diet and exercise. In fact, the best candidates for plastic surgery are those who are physically and psychologically healthy, and possess realistic goals and expectations.

If you are interested in enhancing your body with a procedure, such as liposuction to get rid of that “muffin top” or tummy tuck surgery to remove that post-pregnancy pooch, now is a great time to make sure your diet and exercise regimen is intact and effective. Not only will this help prepare your body for surgery, it will help to maintain your outcome. The longevity of your results from liposuction and tummy tuck surgery is in your hands. These plastic surgery procedures can help you reach your aesthetic goals, but if you do not keep up with healthy eating and regular exercise the excess fat will return.

In order to maintain a healthy weight, it is important to focus on balancing the number of calories you take in with the number you burn by working out. Because weight control is a personal issue and everyone responds differently to individual plans, you may want to meet with health experts for an assessment. A nutritionist and/or personal trainer can help you learn about the best options for your particular body.
A healthy lifestyle will not only help manage your weight and properly prepare you for surgery, daily exercise and sensible eating will reduce your risk for certain health conditions.

If you would like to discuss your surgical options, regarding which procedure(s) will provide you with optimal results, please feel free to call (212) 772-2100 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Taranow.