The link between fitness and cosmetic surgery

fitness and cosmetic surgery

When asked about my view of cosmetic surgery, my response is always….never say never. If it ever came to the point where I was so unhappy with a part of my body that I ever felt I needed to consider plastic surgery, then I’m going to come right out and say – I would be totally okay with that. Indeed, more mums are getting cosmetic surgery than ever before. Whether it’s getting rid of wrinkles, lifting butt or breasts, or fixing an issue from injury or previous medical operation, cosmetic surgeries have been normalized in modern day culture, and if I’m 100% honest, I can absolutely see the appeal especially as I head towards 40.

Obviously anyone considering cosmetic surgery would want the best possible final result. After all, the outcome of your surgery is something you’ll have for life and you definitely wouldn’t want to end up having to have a surgery to correct a surgery! It’s also a significant personal investment, one which you want to see pay off in a big way if you’re splashing that kind of cash. But according to the experts, it turns out the much of the long term success of your chosen procedure relies on you.

Our bodies look best when they’re strong and healthy, something which is common sense really. Humans have learned through countless generations of evolution to recognize bodies that are fit and bodies which aren’t. It’s a fundamental rule of life that has a lot to do with who we decide to have children with. Cosmetic surgeries can have remarkable outcomes (and most cosmetic surgery patients are thrilled with the results), but the bottom line is unless you maintain your personal fitness, the effect won’t be as good as time goes on.

Exercise, fitness, and wellness all go hand in hand, and all have positive impacts upon how we look. Whether or not you’ve had cosmetic surgery in the past, it’s a no-brainer that a consistent exercise regimen will pay dividends when you stand on the bathroom scale or look in the mirror. It may be true that those with cosmetic surgeries often have an opportunity to further enhance this picture of health. But without things like exercise and healthy eating, a cosmetic surgery isn’t going to be enough.

Here’s why – plastic surgeries are made for the body you go in with on operation day. It’s meant to work with a weight that stays fairly consistent, and muscle mass which stays roughly as strong as it is now, moving forward. When we don’t exercise (in pre-cosmetic surgery mode), bodies show the effects. 20 pushups a day can do a great deal for sagging breasts, and running a mile a day can help you tuck in that bear belly. Again, common sense.

But for those considering a procedure – the effect of exercise is all the more important after surgery. Just like a retainer helps preserve the effects of braces, exercise makes sure that the cosmetic work you get done always looks perfect.

“The ideal post-surgery exercise plan promotes recovery through a gradual increase in the patient’s physical activity, while avoiding excessive strain in the weeks following surgery,” says  plastic surgeon Gary Breslow, MD. “Follow your surgeon’s advice — too much activity too soon will do far more harm than good.”

In most cases, if all goes to plan, cosmetic surgery usually promises to be benefit to your appearance, no matter how healthy you are, but as a means of getting the most out of your procedure, the experts say –  it’s best to stay fit and healthy. Of course that’s something that we should be aiming towards in life regardless, shouldn’t we?

Would you consider cosmetic surgery? Did you know about the importance of being fit and healthy when having cosmetic surgery? Do share in a comment below.

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  1. I’ve mentioned on my blog that I’ve had surgery, but it isn’t something I’ve written in depth about (yet, but never say never!). I had a tummy tuck after losing a lot of weight, and then a breast reduction. But ten years on, the results haven’t stood the test of time. My experience was that the surgeons were focused on the procedure, but aftercare or maintenance was never discussed. I wish I’d known more about how to preserve it. I don’t regret my operations at all, and would never rule out more if I could afford it!

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