A study recently presented at a major plastic surgery conference shows bariatric surgery patients who later undergo body contouring procedures — including arm lifts, breast lifts and tummy tuck surgery, which I perform frequently in Columbia — are more likely to maintain a healthy weight.
The study, shared at the annual American Society of Plastic Surgeons® meeting, says that patients who had plastic surgery to remove the excess skin and tissue left behind after the weight loss procedure are able to maintain “significantly greater” weight loss than patients who didn’t have body contouring surgery. The study is the latest to show that surgery after massive weight loss benefits patients both physically and emotionally.
Patients who lose a significant amount of weight, either via bariatric surgery or through changes in diet and lifestyle, typically have saggy, inelastic skin that will never shrink down to the reduced body size. Besides the abdomen and arms, I’ve found that many female patients who come to my plastic surgery practice in Columbia, MO, also are well served by a breast lift.
Often, post-weight loss patients are disheartened when they come in for consultations, feeling they have traded one aesthetic concern for another. In fact, other studies have shown post-bariatric surgery patients who don’t get body contouring surgery are more depressed and anxious than people who do get surgery.
The best thing to do if you are considering post-bariatric body contouring surgery is to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in the procedures involved. The overwhelming majority of research shows that there are major benefits to your health and well-being. When meeting with a potential surgeon, make sure the practice offers reasonable pricing and financing options such as CareCredit℠.