America’s plastic surgery industry is being boosted by huge rises in weight-loss surgery, according to a recent article by Hive Health Media’s Isabella Franklin. As the obesity epidemic approaches a fever pitch, plastic surgeons across the country are performing body contouring surgeries on patients who have undergone massive weight loss.
The numbers are startling. According to statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of weight loss surgeries increased from 17,000 in 1993 to 220,000 in 2009. Body contouring surgeries for patients who have experienced major weight loss have also been on the rise.
Excess skin can cause a variety of physical and psychological problems, according to an Illinois-based surgeon cited in the article.
“Excess skin and fat can be physically and emotionally uncomfortable for weight-loss patients. Many of them have been working for years to lose weight and achieve the figure they’ve always wanted. Often patients can also develop rashes or other physical problems from the excess skin. For many, plastic surgery is the final step on their weight loss journey.”
Body Contouring After Major Weight Loss
Body contouring surgeries center on removing excess skin that is left behind after massive weight loss. This excess skin, which can fall in folds and flaps all over the body, can cause discomfort and low self-esteem.
Tummy tuck surgery addresses one of the most common problem areas, as fatty deposits often accumulate in the abdomen. Other parts of the body can also be contoured through surgeries such as the neck lift, breast lift, and upper arm lift. Liposuction is also sometimes used to remove fat in problem areas that have not responded to diet and exercise.
If you’re considering body contouring surgery, you should make sure that you have attained a stable body weight. Further weight gain after surgeries such as tummy tuck or upper arm lift can cause stretch marks and other issues.