Bariatric Surgery on the Rise as Obesity Grows

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Bariatric Surgery on the Rise as Obesity Grows

As the number of people with obesity grows, so does the number of plastic surgery procedures, specifically bariatric surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 1990 there was not one state that had a prevalence of obesity higher than 15 percent. However, as recently as 2009, only Colorado and the District of Columbia had an obesity prevalence of less than 20 percent.

After a bariatric procedure is performed, many patients are left with loose, hanging skin. If the skin is unable to be corrected through healthy dieting and exercise, then individuals may turn to body contouring procedures, like tummy tucks, face lifts, and thigh lifts.

Through contouring, a surgeon can remove excess skin and fat, while tightening various areas of the body. This will give an individual a more natural and attractive looking physique.

Although it is a safe procedure, body contouring should be delayed until an individual’s weight has stabilized for at least a few months after bariatric surgery is performed. The emphasis on waiting is to ensure that any medical issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, or obstructive sleep apnea, can be identified before body contouring is performed.

Since body contouring is a very popular and effective procedure, many surgeons may attempt to perform it on patients. The surgeon that you choose for your body contouring procedure has a significant effect on the success of your outcome after surgery. Therefore, it is extremely important that the surgeon you choose has a great deal of experience in the type of procedure that you want performed.

At Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Center of Texas, our board certified plastic surgeons combines experiences and skills to ensure the best results for all of his body contouring patients. Please call (972) 620-1700 to schedule a consultation with our board certified plastic surgeons today.