November 14, 2013

Body Contouring Improves Weight Control

A body contour procedure, which is the means of removing excess skin after major weight loss, has now been shown to improve weight control after gastric bypass surgery, says the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in a study released last month. After a massive weight loss induced by gastric bypass surgery, many patients are uncomfortable with the loose, excess skin on their bodies. A body contour procedure removes this flabby skin and helps to shape the new figure. Patients who undergo body contour surgery after a gastric bypass feel better about their new body. Besides self-esteem benefits, patients who had body contour procedures are also less likely to gain back the weight they lost from a gastric bypass.

In the study, 98 patients had body contouring procedures after gastric bypass, while 102 underwent gastric bypass without body contouring. Patients who did not have body contour procedures gained four times as much weight as patients who had body contour procedures. Patients who had body contour procedures lost more weight in the long run and kept off the pounds better than patients who did not undergo body contour surgery.

Body contouring procedures frequently involve abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, surgery, along with excess skin removal from other locations. The most common areas to have loose skin are the breasts, legs, and upper arms.

Because of the amazing self-esteem benefits and long-term weight loss improvements, the researchers who conducted the study believe that body contouring should be included with gastric bypass surgery in all cases.

If you’re considering a major weight loss surgery such as gastric bypass, or want to remove excess skin from a previous surgery, then body contouring may be right for you. Reduce weight gain, improve your self-esteem, and enhance your quality of life with a body contouring procedure. Contact Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery today for more information.

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