Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Christmas is a popular time of year for surgery and you might think that odd because you do not really want to be heaving the turkey in and out of the oven whilst loosening your support bra or clutching your abdominal binder.
I can understand the appeal because it is a time where businesses shut down so we all have some time off to rest and recuperate.
You may need to take little or no annual leave and recovery could be done over the festive period.
However, one of the problems with body contouring surgery is that we always tell people that they need to maintain a stable weight, because weight fluctuations after surgery can have an unpredictable effect on the result.
You see, the problem with putting on weight is that it stretches the skin, and if you then go on to lose it, the skin may stay stretched and lose its elasticity which is why people need body contouring in the first place.
Just because you are having a tummy tuck or a breast lift does not mean that your body will be protected from weight fluctuations.
Your body will behave in the same way as it would have before, but you will be reset to a better place with your tummy and breast skin much tighter.
If you are planning on any weight fluctuation, then it is always best to do this before surgery.
Now I realise that life is not always as predictable as that, much as we would love to have a stable body weight, we all have times in our lives where our weight fluctuates. However, the festive period is a particular time for indulgence and so you have to be extra careful if you are considering cosmetic surgery.
Our aim is always to do what is right for you and so we are always happy to have a conversation about when the right timing is for your surgery.
You may have compelling reasons to want surgery over Christmas and that is absolutely fine.
You are not alone as it is one of our busiest times for operating.
It is all about informed consent and for you to weigh up the pros and cons in your own mind as to when the best time for surgery is. We will accommodate you whatever.
If you need time to think or just want to enjoy Christmas, then get out your mince pies and yule logs and go for it.
I do not want to be a party pooper and even if you do have surgery, there is no harm in the occasional mince pie!
I am only talking about significant weight fluctuations and the importance of some degree of stability.
We have had a busy Christmas and we look forward to making some new bodies for the New Year.
Whether or not you go for it with the stuffing or you just stick with the sprouts, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and let’s look forward to a fantastic 2019.
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