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How Long After Weight Loss Surgery Can I Drink Alcohol?

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Weight loss surgery can take your body to the next level by reshaping the way you look with cosmetic help from body contouring procedures like liposuction, a tummy tuck, and more. For most people, losing weight is the most challenging part of the journey. Yet, many men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight are left with the issue of loose, deflated-looking skin in specific areas. Skin removal and body contouring, or after weight loss surgery, can help patients achieve their ultimate goal of truly loving the way they look. After this life-changing skin tightening procedure, it is common to want to celebrate. However, patients may not know if they can drink alcohol following after weight loss surgery or what their diet after weight loss surgery should look like.

Men and women turn to board-certified and world-renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz for answers to these questions. At his private practice in Beverly Hills, CA, Dr. Schwartz offers after weight loss surgery, a combination of body contouring procedures, to give patients a more contoured and fit-looking appearance. After losing the weight, countless patients have sought out Dr. Schwartz to get amazing results and revitalize their physique. Read on to learn more about this cosmetic procedure and how to incorporate alcohol into a healthy lifestyle after surgery.

Why would someone need after weight loss surgery?

When the body loses weight, it loses fat, leaving the skin to conform to a person's new shape. Skin that has lost elasticity won't be able to bounce back naturally, so skin removal surgery may be a patient's only option to remove sagging skin. No matter where excess skin resides, this surgical approach can complete the weight loss journey, giving Beverly Hills, CA patients a whole new outlook on their appearance. Dr. Jaime Schwartz, who has performed countless body contouring procedures for after weight loss patients, understands what a personal journey this can be for individuals wanting to achieve their aesthetic goals fully.

What can after weight loss surgery help?

After weight loss surgery is the final step in helping patients love their new body after losing weight. It is a body contouring procedure that dramatically changes the way a person looks. A lower body lift can address cosmetic issues with the hips, thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. An upper body lift can treat loose skin in the arms, neck, breasts, upper back, and midsection area. After weight loss surgery is a combination of aesthetic treatments to reveal a tighter, slimmer, more youthful appearance. During a private one-on-one consultation, Dr. Schwartz will listen to a patient's concerns and identify target areas. He will ensure that the areas in need of skin tightening or fat removal are addressed, so his patients get the results they deserve.

Can I drink alcohol after weight loss surgery?

The answer is yes, but in moderation. Patients must remember that alcohol is low in nutrients and high in calories, which is why drinking excessive amounts can lead to weight gain. Significant weight loss can also lead to reduced sugar or glycogen in the body. Alcohol consumption can further deplete the glycogen levels, putting weight loss patients at a higher risk for developing low blood sugar. After excessive weight loss, most men and women have an altered metabolism, so their blood alcohol levels peak higher and faster than when they were at a heavier weight. A single drink may elevate their blood alcohol level to the point of intoxication; therefore, it is advised to only drink with meals to help slow down the absorption into the bloodstream.

After significant weight loss, patients should remember that even small amounts of alcohol can quickly lower blood sugar and cause intoxication. Every consumed cocktail also contains "empty" calories, which can possibly lead to weight gain. Patients can keep their commitment to a healthy lifestyle post-weight loss by following specific guidelines and drinking alcohol in moderation.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz is one of the leading plastic surgeons in the country and a pioneer in the aesthetic industry with skin removal or after weight loss procedures. If you are at or near your ideal body weight but struggling with loose skin or pockets of excess fat, contact his Beverly Hills, CA office to schedule a consultation. It can be a life-changing solution for healthy men and women who need body sculpting help to have the body they always wanted.

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