Massive weight loss fuels growth in plastic surgery
Increase in bariatric procedures may be linked
In 2014, nearly 45,000 patients who experienced massive weight loss also opted to undergo plastic surgery to reshape their bodies—the biggest single-year increase in nearly a half decade.
An increase in the number of weight loss surgeries in the US is beginning to have a ripple effect in plastic surgery, according to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Procedures associated with massive weight loss, including tummy tucks, thigh lifts, breast lifts and upper arm lifts, grew at their fastest rate in four years in 2014, according to the report, mirroring a similar increase in the growth of bariatric surgeries.
“We think there is a correlation between the two types of procedures, and we expect that trend to continue,” says ASPS President Dr Scot Glasberg, a private-practice plastic surgeon based in New York. “Post-massive weight loss patients are the number one growth area I have seen in my practice, and I’m sure that’s the case in many doctor’s offices across the country.”
In 2013, 179,000 Americans underwent weight loss surgery, averaging nearly 500 procedures every day. The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, says that’s the most since 2009 and the third highest number on record. Since then, plastic surgeries related to weight loss have also increased across the board.