Weight-Loss Surgery Driving Demand for Tummy Tuck and Body Lifts

Weight-Loss SurgeryAccording to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2014, the demand for cosmetic procedures associated with major weight loss increased the most in four years. The rise in the number of weight loss surgeries has been accompanied by a corresponding increase in the demand for procedures such as tummy tuck and thigh, breast and upper arm lift.

In a news release, the group’s president noted that there seems to be a correlation between the two types of procedures – weight loss surgery and these cosmetic surgical treatments – and that they expect the trend to continue. Individuals who have bariatric or weight loss surgery are having cosmetic surgery to improve the results. Tucks and lifts are specifically designed to address the excess skin that is left behind after weight loss surgery. These body contouring procedures remove the sagging skin and provide a well-defined look to the body.

According to industry reports:

  • About 179,000 Americans had weight-loss surgery in 2013, which was an average of nearly 500 procedures a day. This amounts to the highest number since 2009 and the third highest on record.
  • In 2014, nearly 45,000 patients who experienced massive weight loss also had plastic surgery to reshape their bodies. This is the biggest single-year increase in nearly five years.
  • In 2014, both thigh lifts and upper arm lifts rose 9 percent. This was found to be the largest single-year increase in five years.
  • Tummy tucks rose 4 percent and breast lift surgery rose 10 percent, which was the largest single-year rise since 2009.

While a complete tummy tuck removes a considerable amount of excess fat and skin in the abdominal area, liposuction-only abdominoplasty is suitable for younger patients with elastic skin, moderate fatty deposits and good abdominal muscle tone. A total body lift can address excess skin in various areas, and lifts can also be localized to areas such as the breasts, upper arms, and thighs.

Established AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practices in New York City offer cosmetic procedures for people who have experienced massive weight loss.  Individuals considering weight loss surgery can consult a NYC plastic surgeon in advance to discuss the body contouring procedures that are available to them and get a customized solution.

Massive Weight Loss Surgery Driving Demand for Plastic Surgery, says ASPS

Weight Loss SurgeryBariatric surgery or weight loss surgery comes to the rescue when dieting and exercise fail to help you lose weight. It involves different types of surgical procedures to limit the amount of food you can take in and also change how your body digests food and absorbs nutrients. With overweight being a major problem in America, the number of weight loss surgeries performed each year is growing. Now, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that rising demand for bariatric surgery is having a ripple effect on plastic surgery.

New ASPS data indicates that in 2014, procedures specifically associated with massive weight loss such as tummy tucks, thigh lifts, breast lifts and upper arm lifts showed their fastest growth rate in four years. This demand for these procedures is being fuelled by the growth of massive weight loss procedures.

The reason for this ripple effect is that plastic surgery helps resolve the problem of sagging skin left behind after massive weight loss surgery. Excess skin in areas such as the thighs, under the upper arms, around the abdomen and in the breasts can be unsightly, uncomfortable and even painful. Plastic surgeons use body sculpting procedures to remove this sagging skin.

ASPS President Scot Glasberg, MD said, “We think there is a correlation between the two types of procedures, and we expect that trend to continue…. Post-massive weight loss patients are the number one growth area I have seen in my practice, and I’m sure that’s the case in many doctor’s offices across the country”.

The ASPS press release reports that 179,000 Americans underwent weight loss surgery in 2013, meaning that an average of 500 procedures is performed every day. The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery reports that this figure is the highest since 2009. Parallel to this, plastic surgery procedures rose too. Both thigh lifts and upper arm lifts rose nine percent in 2014, the biggest increase in demand in five years. Tummy tucks rose four percent and breast lift surgery by ten percent, which was the largest single-year gain since 2009.

Study Recommends Special Facelift Strategies for Massive Weight Loss Patients

FaceliftIt is a fact that people undergoing bariatric surgery to treat obesity are left with surplus, sagging skin in almost all areas of the body, including the face. Body contouring and liposuction help resolve the issue by removing or tightening sagging skin in the upper and lower body, and improving contour. However, post-bariatric surgery, it is face and neck sagging issues that affect patients the most as they are clearly visible, and unlike other areas, cannot be hidden under clothes. News Medical reports on a recent study by researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas which puts forward a novel facelift surgery techniques to address ‘deflation and skin laxity’ in massive weight loss patients.

Facial Cosmetic Issues after Bariatric Surgery

The study, published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, defines massive weight loss patients as those who have lost 100 lbs or more. A large amount of redundant skin and soft tissue are a major concern for such patients. When it comes to the face, excess skin results in cosmetic issues such as a droopy face and turkey neck. As these areas cannot be camouflaged with clothing, the researchers found that facial cosmetic issues affected patients the most.

From the database of 1,100 facelift patients, the researchers studied 22 patients who underwent facelift surgery after major weight loss. The mean age of the 15 women and seven men was 53 years. Average weight loss was about 145 pounds. Most of them had loss of volume in the midface and around the mouth and all had excess skin in the cheeks (jowls) and neck.

The researchers propose a new facelift surgery approach to resolve the issues, especially increased skin laxity and facial deflation, which the patients faced. Also, after massive weight loss, the skin resembled aging skin, with loss of underlying fat and decreased skin thickness. It was noted that massive weight loss patients also needed

  • A larger volume of fat augmentation
  • Increased tightening of the cheek and neck skin
  • More extensive elevation of the underlying muscle and other facial tissues

Along with procedures to address these issues, most patients also had eyelid surgery, forehead lift procedures, forehead left, or facial resurfacing, at the same time.

The researchers reported significant improvement in facial fullness and shape with this new approach, with no major complications. Like the other facelift patients, the results for those in the study group could be maintained over two years’ follow-up. The researchers also stressed the importance of a customized approach to addresses the specific issues of each patient. They concluded that a combination of all these strategies was the key to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals.

Is Tummy Tuck an Alternative for Weight Loss Surgery?

Tummy tuck is popular among men and women as an effective body contouring option. However, many consider the treatment as an alternative for weight loss surgery, which is a misunderstanding. This advanced cosmetic treatment can help you achieve the desired body contour only if you have lost significant weight. Tummy tuck is neither a quick fix to shed extra pounds nor does it help you slim down all at once. This advanced procedure erases the traces of a sudden weight loss such as surplus stomach skin and fatty tissue, and also tightens the underlying abdominal muscles. Once you have reached your ideal weight, abdominoplasty can be the right choice to contour the tummy and improve the results achieved from your weight loss program.

It is important to understand that the treatment is not a weight loss option because a person undergoing the same should not maintain unrealistic expectations. The procedure is considered a great choice for what it can offer — a well-contoured midsection that can make women look graceful in swimsuits or other favorite outfits, while giving men a flat tummy and the athletic look they desire.

Abdominoplasty candidates are more likely to maintain the weight loss results for long, according to a study published in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Out of the 20 women included in the 2013 study, about 70% candidates maintained the results a year after the procedure.

More than just shaping the middle section, good surgeons may relocate the belly button to go well with the new shape. After considerable weight loss, the skin of most people often fails to shrink back to its earlier contour and here is where this treatment can help. Considering the benefits and safety it could offer, tummy tuck surgery is becoming more and more popular as a practical body contouring technique for men and women.

Improving Appearance after Dramatic Weight Loss

A rigorous weight loss regimen can help you lose those extra pounds. But what about the loose, heavy folds of skin that are left behind? Diet and exercise cannot help with that! The solution lies in plastic surgery. There are various minimally invasive procedures designed to remove sagging skin and improve the appearance of affected areas such as the arms, thighs, breasts, buttocks, face, and abdomen. Popular procedures include breast lift, tummy tuck, and body lift.

Weight Loss

These cosmetic surgical treatments are recommended when

  • A person experiences dramatic weight loss after a diet and exercise regimen or bariatric surgery
  • Weight has stabilized after weight reduction surgery – this usually takes about a year and a half
  • There is skin sag in areas such as the abdomen, neck, breasts, face, arms, back and thighs

Tummy tuck surgery is a great option for a well contoured abdomen. The procedure involves manipulating the skin, tissues, and muscles, and repairs weakened abdominal muscles. The plastic surgeon can also shift the belly button to another position to suit the new shape. A breast lift lifts, firms, and reshapes sagging breasts. Excess skin and tissue are removed and the nipples are positioned higher to improve the bust line.

In case of extreme weight loss, a body lift could be the ideal solution. Excess sagging skin is removed from the abdominal area, and the buttocks, thighs, abdomen, waist, hips, and arms are lifted and tightened. If the buttocks have lost volume, a butt lift can help.

All these surgical procedures carry risks and you should know about them before you go ahead. So discuss your options with your plastic surgeon including the benefits and risks involved. Recovery is easier and quicker with minimally invasive techniques, though the time may vary based on individual conditions. Finally, remember that to be a good candidate for any aesthetic procedure, you should be healthy and not have any chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. You should also have realistic expectations about the outcome. It’s necessary to stop smoking for a few weeks before and after the treatment, and once complete, stick to a healthy lifestyle to maintain the results.