Options for Body Contouring after Bariatric Surgery
by CONSTANCE M. CHEN, MD, MPH, November 2018
Tens of thousands of people each year achieve dramatic weight loss by undergoing bariatric surgery.
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, in 2017, 228,000 people underwent surgery to restrict the amount of food the stomach can hold or reduce the absorption of nutrients or both. Surgical techniques vary according to the needs of individual patients. Some procedures are reversible; some change the hormonal environment in the gut in ways that reduce appetite and enhance feelings of fullness; some reverse the mechanism by which obesity causes type 2 diabetes.
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