Should I lose weight prior to surgery?


Thank you for your story and questions.
Nothing substitutes for a personal evaluation and a face to face discussion of your options. Unfortunately without a examination I can advise you in general terms, however I hope you will find them helpful.

The simple answer is YES attain your goal weight first and the reasons are:

1) your goal weight attainment is very important for not only your final result but your overall appearance.
2)you didn’t mention your height or current weight. Body Mass Index (BMI). A BMI over 30 and greater is associated with progressive increased complications.
3) In most people your face (and other parts of your body) often will change size with weighit fluctuations. Thus, if you loose weight after surgery your underlying normal fat deposits may change resulting in the potential “loosening” of the skin.
5) modern face lifts usually our a combination of surgically tightening the underlying structures, adding fat where needed and judiciously resecting redundant skin where needed. Thus, alterations at the time of surgery are based on the “here and now” and not on “what if” since all individuals change differently with weight fluctuations.

I suggest you make out a list of your questions and select several “model” photos of what your desired goals/look would be and then schedule several different consultative appointments with experienced Plastic Surgeons who are Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who are ideally members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (denoting by membership as having met additional criteria and a focus on Cosmetic Plastic Surgery).

One Goal, Many Options

The most important factor to consider for your procedure or treatment is seeking the opinion and services of a skilled, experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who are experts in techniques. The Imagine Plastic Surgery team uniquely provides the full array of both non surgical and surgical alternatives thus filling our motto of “One Goal, Many Options.” For over 30 years Dr. Hardesty, an award winning, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, has proudly been serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties of the Inland Empire and the communities of Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Upland, Corona, Chino Hills and Redlands. For over 30 years Dr. Hardesty and the Staff of Imagine Plastic Surgery have provided comprehensive Cosmetic Plastic Surgery services and procedures to Riverside and San Bernardino counties of the Inland Empire and the communities of Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Upland, Corona, Chino Hills and Redlands.

What is the cost?

At Imagine Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety a different procedures that all vary in prices. We strive in being transparent to all potential patients and being up front with how much our services may cost. For more information regarding the costs and prices, visit our plastic surgery prices page!


Can we answer a question?