Many women that I see for body contouring usually have tried exercise and dieting to some extent or other prior to resorting to liposuction or surgery. A minority of women have taken drastic measures like excessive gymming or starvation diets to try and ﬁt into single digit or low teen dress sizes. This can, however, cause irreparable health problems like the following:
- no menstrual cycle or abnormal menstruation in women.
- prevent women from becoming pregnant.
- cause premature delivery, the birth of low-weight babies who are also undernourished.
- loss of libido due to suppression of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and other secondary sex hormones in the brain.
- suppress the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis which is responsible for the release of sex hormones
- anorexia or poor nutrition can lead to osteoporosis.
My advice is that no weight loss or ﬁtness program should be undertaken without the direct supervision of your doctor. Whether you should lose weight, how much you should lose and how you should lose it are decisions that should be made by a medical professional, who may need to refer you to a nutritionist or endocrinologist for further work-up and counseling. If you want to lose weight and keep it oﬀ, your doctor must be part of the equation.
Thanks for reading!
Dr. Tim – Sydney Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon