Losing more than 100 pounds of weight with bariatric surgery often leads to loose skin and excess soft tissue that needs to be removed with a body contouring procedure. Many weight loss patients choose to undergo a tummy tuck, a body lift, liposuction and other body contouring procedures after weight loss surgery to achieve a slim and shapely silhouette.
Excess skin tissue often hangs off the body after extreme weight loss, and may not tighten up on its own. Now plastic surgeons want insurance companies to cover body contouring procedures after weight loss, because many think that bariatric patients simply aren’t aware of the options available post-procedure.
If you have undergone weight loss surgery and want to improve the look of your skin, consider the benefits of a body contouring procedure. Take a look at these body contouring liposuction before and after photos, and set up a consultation with a plastic surgeon in your area to discuss the options.
Researchers from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently reported that approximately 75 percent of bariatric patients don’t even know about body contouring options. They believe that many don’t end up seeking out plastic surgery because they were not fully informed of their options.
According to Dr. Jason Spector, an ASPS Member Surgeon, “Bariatric surgery isn’t just a commitment to weight loss. It often requires body contouring surgeries to help the patient’s skin fit their new body. Many massive weight loss patients suffer large amounts of loose, sagging skin as a result of their rapid weight loss that, if not removed, can cause rashes, wounds, infection, and limit comfortable mobility. It is apparent that insufficient counseling at the time of bariatric surgery is obscuring viable body contouring options for these patients.”
The study included 284 patients who had undergone some type of bariatric or weight loss surgery. Researchers found that only 71, or 25 percent of patients, had discussed body contouring options and procedures with their bariatric surgeon before or after their surgery. Only 14 percent were even referred to a plastic surgeon for a consultation, and 11 percent went through with the procedure.
Based on this study’s findings, it seems that bariatric patients simply aren’t aware that body contouring can be a valuable procedure for them after significant weight loss. If more were aware of their options, insurance companies may consider covering the cost of these procedures after weight loss surgery.
Set up a consultation with a plastic surgeon in your area to find out if you are a good candidate for body contouring procedures after weight loss surgery.