Body contouring after weight loss, according to studies, not just results in improved appearance but also serves as a long-term weight management solution for the “right” patients who understand the importance of healthy lifestyle.
A study which followed gastric banding surgery patients for 15 years has shown that those who opted for body contouring after weight loss had an average BMI of 24.6 versus 31 in those who did not based on a follow-up visit.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites, BMI is an individual’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. The normal, healthy range is between 18.5 and 24.9; if lower or higher than this amount the person is considered underweight or overweight, respectively.
Meanwhile, a BMI of 30 and above is considered obese. A recent study has suggested that about a third of US adults are battling obesity, one of the highest in the world.
A Geneva-based study has also shown the same long-term benefits for massive weight loss patients who had received a different type of bariatric surgery.
Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smiley, who had performed thousands of body contouring after weight loss, believes that a “palpable and visible” physical improvement can serve as a strong motivation to keep a steady, healthy weight, which is “only possible through proper diet and regular exercise.”
Aside from the long-term impact on weight, body contouring after weight loss can also improve the patient’s quality of life, said Dr. Smiley on one of his recent Snapchat posts.
The most commonly performed body contouring after massive weight loss are tummy tuck and breast surgery, he said.
A 2012 study published by journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery evaluated the quality of life of 33 patients who had body contouring after bariatric surgery. The respondents reported improvements in mental wellbeing, intimacy, physical functioning and appearance, and social network.
With the improvements in these key “quality of life” domains, Dr. Smiley believes that plastic surgery following massive weight loss should always be part of a long-term, sustainable weight management solution.
The improvements in physical function and appearance were the most common benefits his patients cited, he said.