In the past seven years, bariatric surgery for massive weight loss has become increasingly popular. In 2009, 220,000 people underwent bariatric surgery, according to the American Society for Metabolic Surgery. Next, came the body lift procedures which offer the final transformation for people who have lost massive weight through the removal of excess, saggy skin on the body. There are also newer options available through Dr. Abramson which may be adjuncts or substitutes for some body lift procedures, such as, CoolSculpting to treat stubborn fat deposits by freezing fat bulges to dissolve them through this innovative non-surgical, no downtime technology.
Equally important for people who have lost massive weight is exercise. More recently, researchers at the UT Southwestern Medical Center announced the results of a study which supports that idea that people who have had bariatric surgery may commence an exercise routine twelve weeks following surgery which greatly assists in the weight loss process and maintaining normal weight to be ready for a body lift as soon as possible.
Over a 12 week time period, the active study participants exercised five days a week and increased the number of calories from 500 to 2,000 or more in the final week. They also maintained a caloric intake of between 1200 and 1500 calories, increased physical activity from roughly 4500 steps to 10,000 steps gradually and received dietary counseling. By the end of the study, both the inactive and active study participants lost 10 pounds and more than half of the study participants burnt an additional 2000 calories and achieved a higher level of aerobic fitness.
There are two components to exercise, including: aerobic and muscular strength training. Aerobic exercise, also referred to as cardiovascular exercise, is a term used to describe any exercise that involves one foot off the floor. Examples of aerobic exercise include: walking, running and biking. Traditionally, it is wise to set a goal to reach and surpass 25 minutes of aerobic exercise each day. More recently, reports indicate that the amount of time required for exercise to maintain optimal health may increase with age and other lifestyle factors. Muscular strength training is a term used to describe exercise for the major and small muscle groups of your body. Examples of muscular strength training include: free weight fitness equipment at a health club for specific muscle group training or rock climbing for small and large muscle group training. Muscular strength training requires as little as 30-40 minutes or longer every other day, depending upon your goal.
Within 12 months following bariatric surgery, you’ll likely qualify for body lift procedures and perhaps, newer options to experience the final transformation for enhanced self-image and renewal for daily living activities. It is vital to maintain a regular exercise routine following your plastic surgery procedures to ensure the results of the procedure are not adversely affected.
If you are interested in a plastic surgery, call board certified Dr. David Abramson, New York, New York plastic surgeon for a thorough consultation at 201-731-3134!