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Body Contouring After Weight Loss Procedures on the Rise

Increase in weight loss surgeries has ripple effect in plastic surgery

People who have lost a large amount of weight are sometimes dismayed to find that their skin has stretched and lost much of its elasticity. This condition is common for those who have lost weight after bariatric surgery, such as a gastric bypass or gastric band.

Sagging skin that remains in the thighs, under the arms, around the abdomen and in the breasts often detracts from the aesthetic results of weight loss. Fortunately, plastic surgery procedures associated with massive weight loss can remove and tighten this excess skin. According to the 2014 Plastic Surgery Report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, procedures that include tummy tucks, thigh lifts, breast lifts and upper arm lifts grew at their fastest rate in four years in 2014.

2014 Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss
Graphing showing 2014 increases in thigh lifts, breast lifts, tummy tucks, arm lifts and lower body lifts

Procedure 2014 Total 2013 Total
Upper Arm Lift 6,112 5,599
Breast Lift 12,048 10,914
Lower Body Lift 4,629 4,391
Tummy Tuck 17,261 16,602
Thigh Lift 4,885 4,492

Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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