What is the most rapidly growing field in the plastic surgery medical sciences? The post bariatric body contour. This rising field of expertise is being driven by the success of the gastric bypass and lap band surgical weight loss procedures. These two surgical techniques accounted for a total of over 100,000 completed procedures in just the United States in the past 3 years. The proliferation of these weight loss surgical procedures has resulted in a very large post surgical population that has lost 100 pounds or more per individual.
While the health benefits of these dramatic weight loss procedures is saving people's lives who had suffered for years with morbid obesity- the cosmetic damage done to the body done by carrying very large amounts of weight is often difficult to reverse.
During the weight gaining process the epidermis has been expanded, while the dermis has been stretched to the point of actually splitting. The result is permanent stretch marks. Upon completion of the weight loss afforded by gastric bypass or lap band surgery, the patient ends up with literally large amounts of loose and hanging skin.
This is certainly not attractive and leaves a cosmetic flaw that affects the patients overall outlook on life despite having been successful at losing a large amount of weight. The result is a growing number of specialized cosmetic physicians, clinics, spas and medical practices that are tailoring their expertise to tummy tucks, body lifts, thigh lifts, breast lifts, arm lifts and face lifts all designed to aid patients who have recently undergone a large weight loss. There is an entire movement of organized plastic surgery and medical companies that are gearing up to reach out and try and capture this growing market segment of their industry. Always consult only a licensed medical doctor or similar medical facility before undergoing any medical procedure.
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