BY | October 6, 2011

Weight loss surgery and body contouring is very expensive these days. Though common sense states that if you get rid of the weight, it is wiser to use a smaller vessel. Despite this, when patients undergo weight loss surgery and have fat removed, they seldom get rid of the excess skin, resulting in bad body contouring.

Plastic surgeons are of the mind that doctors either have no idea about the added surgery or patyients just opt out because they cant afford it.

Simply can’t afford it — yet doctors say it’s more than just a cosmetic procedure.

Jason Spector at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York said, “It is surgery that improves patients’ quality of life.”

The skin that remains hanging is reported to come in the way of exercising, interfere with patients’ ability to dress properly and cause serious infections.

Spector added, “In order to complete the journey, patients really do need to undergo the appropriate post-bariatric body contouring. Even though that has a slightly cosmetic ring to it, it’s certainly something that we, as plastic surgeons, would consider reconstructive.”

Just one fourth of the patients discussed body contouring with their surgeon before the surgery and a meager 12% agree to go through it. The findings were presented by Spector at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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  • http://www.ASBPS.org Dr.Ed Domanskis

    I would recommend that patients visit our American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons website(ASBPS.org) for extensive information about the various procedures available as well as photographs. ASBPS members are all certified by either the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Surgeons and are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and have a special interest in post-bariatric face and body contouring. Dr. Ed Domanskis, President, ASBPS