Body Contouring After Weight Loss Bluffton
An Article by Frederick G. Weniger, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Beauty has gotten stale. We are so inundated with images of “beauty” in our daily lives that I think my daughters will likely grow up thinking that there are only 2 kinds of women- hot brunettes and bodacious blonds. That’s about all they’ll see in movies and on TV. Accordingly, most stereotypes of plastic surgery seem to be of high-maintenance hotties looking for the finishing touches to perfect their body images. Although Botox, Juvederm, Liposuction, and Breast Augmentation are some of the most common treatments done to target specific improvements, there is another side of cosmetic plastic surgery that improves appearances so drastically that it truly changes lives. Body contouring after massive weight loss provides patients a way to actually restart their healthier, thin lives in new bodies.
Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss is now the fastest-growing area in plastic surgery. Obesity has reached epidemic levels in this country, accounting for over 112,000 deaths per year. More than 60 million American adults are obese, and 9 million are severely obese (4.7% of adults). Fortunately, over the past decade, many affected patients have lost astounding amounts of weight with gastric bypasses and the Lap-Band (both of which are done laparoscopically), as well as through medical and traditional means of weight loss. In fact, it is quite common for bariatric (weight-loss) surgery patients to lose up to half of their pre-surgical body weight. Such patients experience tremendous health benefits from this weight loss, such as complete resolution of ailments like diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis symptoms. It is also common for these patients to have less anxiety and depression after weight loss and to have improvements in physical functioning, work capacity, social interaction, employment status, and general satisfaction with life.
Still, the medical triumph of massive weight loss is often undermined by patients’ perceptions of how they look after achieving their dramatically lower weights. Patients who expected to look like they did back before they originally gained weight find their bodies to be unrecognizable after massive weight loss. Instead of having bodies like their thin friends, such patients find in the mirror a distorted figure composed of loose, excess hanging skin which they have never before seen. In fact, it is not uncommon for such patients to state that they looked better BEFORE losing weight! These patients are often frustrated about accepting such an awful “reward” for all of their efforts and risks of weight loss.
Now that’s beautiful.
Frederick G. Weniger, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon and Member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. His fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh included study under Drs. Dennis Hurwitz and J. Peter Rubin, two internationally recognized fathers of body contouring surgery after massive weight loss.