The war continues in America’s ongoing struggle with obesity. Several life threatening conditions linked with excess weight include sleep apnea, diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Also, a recent American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) obesity study suggests that massive weight loss alone may alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome.
Today more people with serious weight issues are resorting to bariatric surgery. Such procedures can promote an average weight loss of 75 to 100 pounds within six months to a year and treat weight related health conditions. Unfortunately, massive weight loss also leaves stretched, deflated and crepe-like excessive skin that commonly requires cosmetic address.
In 2003 nationwide, over 52,000 body contouring cosmetic surgery procedures following massive weight loss were performed, and just five years later that number increased to more than 58,000. Over the past decade we, at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, continue to perform an impressive number of body lift procedures on bariatric surgery patients after their weight has stabilized. Most bariatric surgery patients require a buttock and outer thigh lift and an abdominoplasty, which can sometimes be done during one surgery session, or be staged. A breast lift and arm lift are other procedures which can be done during a single operating room session. While numerous patients undergo the surgeries at their own pace, typically their entire makeover will be completed within six months to a year.
Other people who have undergone less dramatic weight loss often discover that they too have loose skin and fat which rolls over a belt, underneath a bra strap, and/or is conspicuous in the upper arms. We perform the same body contouring procedures at our Paramus, NJ center on these individuals as well. To schedule a consultation please contact Ann Carbone, our Practice Administrator.