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Remove The Excess Skin And Fat After Bariatric Surgery

Posted by Melissa Chefec

Advances in bariatric surgery offer transformative benefits for many people each year. In 2017, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery estimates that 228,000 people underwent weight loss surgery. Bariatric surgery can improve underlying physical and emotional health, however in many cases the remarkable change in body size due to weight loss can also leave patients with excess skin, resulting in a new set of problems that can only be solved with surgical intervention. Plastic surgeon Dr. Constance M Chen notes that “excess weight stretches the skin.” The challenge is that after a significant weight loss following bariatric surgery — sometimes over 100 pounds – the skin and tissues can lack the elasticity to shrink down to the body’s new proportions. In some cases, people find the excess skin hanging from their new, smaller body frames unattractive and uncomfortable. Moreover, the rubbing from the excess skin can also cause rashes which can become painful and interfere with the activities of daily living. To correct these problems, body contouring to remove excess skin and fat after bariatric surgery can be helpful after weight loss. Click HERE for the full article.

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