After losing a massive amount of weight, it’s important to take the final step of body contouring through cosmetic surgery to remove the loose, hanging skin left behind by your formerly obese body.
Studies show that using plastic surgery to tighten your new body can not only give a much-needed boost to your appearance and confidence — it can also help you keep the weight off.
“Bariatric surgery has a measurably significant positive impact on patient illness and death,” explains Dr. Donna Tepper. “However, even with the technical and safety advancements we’ve seen in these procedures, their long-term success may still be limited by recidivism. There is a high incidence of patients who regain weight after the surgery.”
Tepper and her research team from Henry Ford Hospital presented their findings at the annual conference of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. They found that formerly obese patients who lost massive amounts of weight after bariatric surgery were much more likely to maintain their weight loss if they had follow-up body contouring procedures.
The study followed 94 patients who had bariatric surgery at Henry Ford from 2003 to 2013, recording each patient’s Body Mass Index (BMI): a weight-to-height ratio used to determine degrees of obesity.
In the 47 patients who followed their weight loss with body contouring, 2.5 years after the procedure, their BMI had decreased an average of 18.24. The change in BMI was just 12.45 for patients who did not have followup surgery.
“As plastic and reconstructive surgeons, we are encouraged by the idea that improved body image can translate into better long-term maintenance of a healthier weight, and possibly a better quality of life for our patients,” Dr. Tepper said.