The percentage of Americans who are obese and morbidly obese is at an all time high and still rising. Teenage obesity is increasing so rapidly that in 2040, it is predicted that average life expectancy will start to decline.
With the increasing number of obese and morbidly obese people, more people are seeking bariatric surgery as a permanent solution to the problem. Bariatric surgery has been shown to significantly reduce death and disease that results from being morbidly obese. Following bariatric surgery, massive amounts of weight (40-200 pounds) can be lost, resulting in reversal of major health problems including diabetes and heart disease. When this much weight is lost, one of the undesirable and unavoidable consequences is the creation of tremendous skin laxity and excess, which can only be successfully corrected with surgical excision, such as a lift or a tuck procedure.
While certain areas of the body seem to re-tighten better than others, loose skin is generated everywhere including the face, breast, arms, back, breasts, trunk, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. Surgical procedures designed to remove the lax, excessive skin and reshape the underlying contours involves plastic surgery procedures referred to a ‘plasty’ or ‘pexy’ procedures. All of these procedures involve incisions which leave permanent scars in exchange for a new, improved body shape. Commonly performed procedures in patients with massive weight loss include:
Procedures are frequently combined and performed in stages. Liposuction, fat grafting, or implants are often used in conjunction for reshaping and contouring.