As Weight Loss Surgery Grows in Popularity, So Do Surgeries for Hanging and Loose Skin


Over the past several years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of Canadians undergoing weight loss surgeries to improve their appearance and enhance their beauty. "As these surgeries have increased in popularity, we have seen a similar increase in procedures like mommy makeovers, tummy tucks, breast lifts, body lifts, thigh lifts and upper arm lifts at our Yorkville plastic surgery clinic," says Dr. Ali Adibfar, one of Toronto's premier plastic surgeons. "The reason for this is that patients who undergo weight loss surgeries are often left with hanging or loose skin. This can be very uncomfortable, inconvenient and have a significant impact on a person's confidence."

Hanging skin on the arms, legs or midsection can get in the way of daily activities and make it difficult for people to truly enjoy their body.

The Rise of Procedures to Address Hanging Skin

There has been an increase in the number of procedures performed to address hanging and loose skin. Recent reports show thigh lifts and tummy tucks have increased by a 70% since 2000. And upper arm lifts have increased by more than 4,000% since 2000.

It was also found that these plastic surgery procedures were up significantly after patients underwent a large scale weight loss procedure. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, there were almost 180,000 weight loss surgeries in the U.S. in 2013 alone.

The Realities of Bariatric Surgery or Weight Loss Surgery

Bariatric surgery – otherwise known as weight loss surgery – is increasing in popularity as people to look for ways redefine their appearance and beauty.

"It's critically important for people undergoing weight loss surgery to understand that it's not a one-and-done experience. It's a lifestyle change that lasts decades," explains Dr. Adibfar. "That's why the initial consultation and discussion is so important. These patients may experience an increase in the amount of hanging skin on their body after their weight loss procedure. This is where our team's experience and knowledge comes into play."

To effectively reduce the appearance of hanging or loose skin, patients turn to our proven plastic surgery procedures to address these problem areas. It's been found that approximately one in five people who undergo weight loss surgery need to also undergo plastic surgery procedures such as thigh lifts or arm lifts to contour their body.

Plastic Surgery Procedures to Enhance Your Body After Weight Loss Procedures

"For those individuals undergoing bariatric or weight loss procedures, we spend a considerable amount of time discussing the various plastic surgery options available to them," explains Dr. Adibfar - one Toronto's top plastic surgeons. "Once a person has completed their full weight loss, our team will assess which plastic surgery procedure is best to address hanging skin that may have been caused by their bariatric procedure. Our goal is to deliver a remarkably beautiful and slender appearance."

This process will ensure that we identify the perfect post-weight loss body contouring procedure that will deliver amazing and youthful results.
"Those who select to have weight loss procedures performed have often lived with a negative view of their body and beauty," explains Dr. Adibfar. "But after that procedure is performed, they can continue to have negative perceptions of their appearance if they have hanging skin on their arms or legs."

That's why our talented team of plastic surgery professionals takes a very diligent approach to selecting the perfect plastic surgery procedures that will contour their body and deliver an appearance that is slender, youthful and beautiful.

"Those who have undergone post weight loss procedures such as tummy tucks, breast lifts, body lifts, thigh lifts and upper arm lifts are some of our happiest and most satisfied patients," said Dr. Adibfar.

Next Steps

If you have any questions about weight loss procedures, body contouring procedures or just want some trusted plastic surgery advice, contact Dr. Adibfar directly. He and his team are always happy to help!

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