SAUL R. BERGER   M.D.
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PLASTIC, COSMETIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
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From the Desk of Dr. Berger

Record Increases in Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss

Over the past few years, there has been a steady increase in the rate at which patients are seeking plastic surgery procedures after major weight loss and bariatric operations (such as lap band, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and others). Most patients who are successful at achieving substantial weight loss believe that the removal of remaining excess skin and fat is necessary to reach their best and final result. There is reliable statistical data to support the increased activity in these areas of plastic surgery in the United States. Data from the 2014 calendar year show:

  • The number of tummy tucks has increased 4%
  • Breast lifts increased by 10%, the largest single-year gain since 2009
  • Upper arm and thigh lifts both rose 9%, the largest single-year gain in five years

It is important to understand that there is no specific plan that is ideal for all weight-loss patients. Rather, each plan needs to be customized to match the patient’s body as well as maximize safety.