Post–Bariatric Plastic Surgery Improves Quality of Life
- Oct. 8, 2013 - FAIRFAX, Va. --
Dr. Andrew Goldberg isn't surprised by the findings of a new study showing improved quality of life for patients who undergo body contouring procedures following bariatric surgery. Dr. Goldberg says the study's results reflect the trends he witnesses at his plastic surgery practice near Reston.
"This study (http://journals.lww.com/
confirms what Dr. Goldberg and I have seen during our years of treating post-weight loss surgery patients in Virginia," Dr. Goldberg says. "Namely, that it's vital to include reconstructive surgery as a component of treatment of morbid obesity."
The study, published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,
was conducted by a team of Dutch physicians who scientifically measured the quality of life of a group of patients whom they followed for more than 7 years.
"What they found," Dr. Goldberg says, "is that the loose skin left after massive weight loss results in feelings of unattractiveness and embarrassment, which have a negative effect on the patient's quality of life."
While bariatric surgery is a valuable tool to combat morbid obesity, Dr. Goldberg points out that the resulting loose skin can lead to a new set of issues, including hygiene problems as well as physical and emotional discomfort. The study found that satisfaction with weight loss surgery decreased over time because of these.
"Our practice offers a variety of options for weight loss surgery (http://www.virginiaplasticsurgery.com/body-contouring/aft...
) patients who want excess skin removed, including tummy tuck, thigh lift, buttock lift and even face lift and neck lift procedures,"
Dr. Goldberg says. "In addition to tightening loose skin, we can fine-tune any remaining bulges with liposuction at our Virginia practice."
Dr. Goldberg (http://www.virginiaplasticsurgery.com/plastic-surgeons/dr...
) is a board-certified and offers a full range of procedures for cosmetic surgery patients from Arlington, Reston and throughout Northern Virginia. In addition, Dr. Goldberg has made numerous presentations on the subject.Photo: