People as a whole often struggle with self-esteem and body confidence issues. Those with long-standing weight concerns tend to struggle all the more, oftentimes having their entire sense of self wrapped up in their weight and its fluctuations. Undergoing bariatric surgery is usually an exciting and positive step in one's weight loss journey, but it can also elicit a wide range of emotions. Just because someone loses weight, does not mean that they will automatically gain confidence. The way a person perceives themselves may need a bit of time to catch up to their new look. New body confidence can take time and care to develop, but it is crucial to psychological health and overall happiness.
Although it is inevitable to have days of confidence and days of not so much, there are some important tips for boosting self-esteem and body confidence following weight loss surgery.
- Surround Yourself with Positive People - it is essential to spend time with people who give off positive energy. Negativity is contagious.
- Celebrate Your Wins - recognize accomplishments, even if they are small. Paying attention to each milestone helps one honor progress.
- Practice Positive Self-Talk - follow up any negative thoughts with at least one positive thought. Practicing daily affirmations can boost self-confidence and enhance mood.
- Avoid Comparisons - poor body image and the subsequent discontent often stem from comparison to others. It is important to remember that everyone's body and journey is unique.
- Wear Clothes that Fit - clothes are meant to fit the body and make the person wearing them feel good. Clothing can make a difference in confidence, no matter the size of the tag.
Bariatric surgery usually results in a large amount of weight loss which can unfortunately also result in a large amount of excess skin. Excess skin can be a reminder of past weight issues and negatively affect self-confidence. Plastic surgery can help alleviate excess skin and other issues when the time is right. It is widely believed that the best time to consider plastic surgery would be when a person’s weight is relatively stable and their goal weight is in sight.
Weight loss is a body and mind-body experience. Let Dr. Ahmad and the team at Long Island Laparoscopic Surgery guide you on this physical and emotional journey. Reach out for a consultation today!
Dr. Arif Ahmad specializes in laparoscopic robotic surgery and has performed over 2,000 laparoscopic robotic surgeries. He is renowned in the Long Island area for his impeccable track record of safety and success.