A new study has found that people who undergo body contouring procedures after they have had bariatric surgery are more likely to keep their weight down and continue to lower it than people who have not had cosmetic surgery.
Details Of The Study
The study by America’s Henry Ford Hospital found that people who go on to have cosmetic surgery in order to reshape their figures after experiencing bariatric surgery go on to maintain a ‘significantly greater’ loss of weight than fellow patients who do not undergo the contouring process.
The study’s senior author Donna Tepper MP believes the study proves the link between an improved body image and long-term management and spells good news for patients who are likely to experience a better quality of life as a result.
The results of the study were presented at this autumn’s annual American Society of Plastic Surgeons conference in Chicago.
Bariatric surgery is used to help obese people lose weight and involves a number of different types of procedures to restrict how much food a patient’s stomach can hold. This can involve constriction using a gastric band or the removal of a piece of the stomach.
It is often used as a means of promoting weight loss in people suffering health problems as a result of their obesity and to lower the risk of conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, although an increasing number of people now pay for private operations as an effective way of losing substantial amounts of weight.
Dr Tepper says that bariatric surgery is known to make a significant and positive impact in terms of its prevention of illness and death. She says the safety and technical aspects of this type of surgery have been improved greatly over time but there is still a significant problem with patients regaining the weight they have lost after having surgery.
The latest piece of research was based on observations of 94 people who had bariatric surgery between 2003 and 2013. A total of 47 of these people went on to undergo body contouring procedures. These included procedures to lift the face and breasts, surgery to lift sagging arms, tummy tucks and work on the buttocks and thighs. Many felt they needed surgery to remove excess skin that had lost its elasticity and failed to return to its original shape and form.
Researchers noted the BMI or body mass of all of the patients before they underwent the bariatric surgery and then again two-and-a-half years later. They discovered that those people who went on to have body contouring procedures would on average have reduced their BMI by 18.24 at the end of the two-and-a-half-year period. Those who had not opted for cosmetic surgery, however, were found to have reduced their index by an average of just 12.45 over the same period.
There are now plans to conduct further studies to track changes in the body mass index of the patients five years after their bariatric surgery, as well as how different contouring procedures could potentially help to maintain weight loss.
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