Obesity and Plastic Surgery

Jennifer Galvan

by Jennifer Galvan | July 14, 2011 @ 01:00PM

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There’s no denying that obesity is on the rise throughout the country. According to research conducted by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 34 percent of Americans are considered obese – a 19 percent increase in the past 10 years. Men and women alike are becoming more concerned about their weight not only for their aesthetic appearance, but also for their health and well-being. The heavier an individual is, the more likely he or she is to experience chronic illness, such as diabetes and/or heart problems.

In order to reduce these life-threatening risks, many are seeking the assistance of a surgical professional for gastric bypass surgery and/or other cosmetic surgery procedures. However, cosmetic plastic surgery experts typically advise patients to reach a healthier weight first prior to undergoing an aesthetic enhancement.

Since gastric bypass surgery entails closing off a large portion of the stomach and detouring part of the small intestine, proper nutrient intake is no longer taking place. This can cause malnutrition in the patient over a period of time. Those who experience malnutrition due to the new form of digestion may not be suitable for additional surgery, and vitamin and mineral deficiency, as well as a lowered immune system, could lead to complications with healing and the surgery itself.

Although obesity can be managed with surgery, it is important to note that cosmetic plastic surgery is not a means of weight loss – it is for contouring and aesthetic enhancement.

Patients who are properly monitored and treated prior to any body contouring procedure have a more enjoyable recovery period. In order to determine if a patient is in good standing for any body enhancing surgery, he or she should seek the advice of a medical professional who has the appropriate training and qualifications. Should the physician conclude that the patient is not well- suited for surgery, an appropriate treatment plan will be created. 

After the body contouring procedure, the patient will need to follow all instructions provided by his or her surgeon in order to ensure appropriate healing. Going through the right course of preparation before surgery will allow the patient a speedy and successful recovery.

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