|By Marketwired .||
|October 1, 2013 05:30 AM EDT||
NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/01/13 -- With the economy improving, the rush to improve appearances is accelerating, especially for those that have lost a significant amount of weight. This is reflected in the tremendous increase in the number of arm lifts and lower body Lifts (American Society of Plastic Surgeons).
"I have seen this marked increase in patients removing and reshaping their faces and bodies," said Dr. Edward Domanskis, President of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, an organization of plastic surgeons that specialize in post-weight loss plastic surgery and are certified by the America Board of Plastic Surgery.
Obesity continues to increase exponentially, now affecting approximately 35% of the total US population (National Center for Health Statistics). Bariatric surgery for weight loss by lap band or other procedures has started to increase after remaining flat for several years (ASMBS.org).
"That is one of the major reasons that our plastic surgeons are seeing so many more of these patients that have lost tremendous amounts of weight and want to complete their journey and remove the hanging skin that remains," continued Dr. Domanskis.
While bariatric surgery is mostly covered by insurance, post-bariatric face and body reshaping is rarely, even though the benefits of removal of this excess skin are significant, not only cosmetically, but psychologically and functionally.
"With a limited number of members of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, there is a good chance that we will be overwhelmed by the requests of this growing population of patients," said Dr. Domanskis.
ASBPS website provides valuable information on all face and body contouring procedures performed as well as search capabilities to locate a member plastic surgeon. There are innumerable before and after patient photographs and explanations onsite to help guide and help patients make wise choices and provide them with realistic expectations of what can be done to remove their excess skin.
These body and face reconstructions require the skill and expertise of highly qualified plastic surgeons. The American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons provides a referral service via their website as well as a tool to ask their member plastic surgeons questions.