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At West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University, we take health seriously. Our focus may be on aesthetics, but when it comes to the body, form truly follows function. A healthy body tends to have clear and vibrant skin, well-distributed fat cells, and good tone and definition. That’s why our team emphasizes the importance of women’s health to our St. Louis patients.
Even in cases where a patient wants to slim down an area with surgery or smooth out wrinkles with an injectable treatment, a healthy body is important for its role in minimizing down time and maximizing the ultimate results. Good circulation (due to plenty of exercise and a commitment to avoiding smoking) typically boosts the body’s natural healing processes, which results in scars that are less noticeable after surgery. Maintaining a healthy weight before and after liposuction or a lift increases a woman’s chances of enjoying the new contours for years.
There are many ways to stay healthy, with lifestyle choices ranging from eating a variety of simple foods (colorful vegetables, lean meats, etc.) to drinking water throughout the day to stay hydrated. At West County Plastic Surgeons, we encourage all of those strategies, as well as active lifestyles that include regular exercise. If a team sport is not your speed, consider something more serene, such as yoga or Pilates. Exercising with a group can keep you motivated and accountable to continue when your interest or energy flags.
The important thing is to identify areas of your life where you can make healthy choices and then stick to your strategies. You don’t have to wait for the dawn of a new year to make a resolution: Plan now for a healthier you, whether you are considering a cosmetic treatment or not!
Contact West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University by sending a message online or calling (314) 996-8800.