Researchers say gastric bypass surgery should include body contouring

Posted on February 26, 2014 by

Many people are disappointed to find that losing weight has not given them the sculpted figure they expected. The same is true for men and women who have undergone gastric bypass surgery. Sagging skin and stubborn fatty deposits are inevitable with most instances of dramatic weight loss, leading to a whole new type of discomfort and physical insecurity.

For this reason, researchers from the University of Geneva have argued that gastric bypass surgery in particular should be accompanied by body sculpting procedures like tummy tucks and arm lifts. A study published by the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery revealed that patients who underwent both of these procedures were more likely to maintain a healthy body weight later on.

“We demonstrated that patients with body contouring present better long-term weight control after gastric bypass,” lead researcher Dr. Ali Modarress told Medical News Today.

Dr. Modarress and his colleagues argue that body contouring was shown to promote quality of life after substantial weight loss, and that it should be treated as a reconstructive surgery following gastric bypass. 

Though the researchers did not suggest why gastric bypass patients experience better weight loss results after body contouring surgery, one theory comes to mind. If you still feel uncomfortable with your appearance, even after such a dramatic move to improve your looks and your health, it may be more tempting to slip into old habits. After all, if you don’t like what you see in the mirror, why work to maintain it?

After losing so much weight, you deserve to feel good about the way you look! Contact Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Craft today to discuss tummy tucks, liposuction and other body countouring procedures.

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