But it’s vital to choose a surgeon who has invested in learning about obesity, massive weight loss and potential health issues—one who will take the necessary steps to safeguard patients’ health.
There’s the temptation for plastic surgeons to market aggressively to weight loss patients. Plastic surgery for men and women who have lost a great deal of weight can be a very desirable addition to a surgical practice. One reason is the growing numbers of people who are losing weight through bariatric surgery. As gastric bypass surgery and lap bands become more commonplace, and more often covered by insurance, the potential patient pool grows larger.
Another reason is that post-bariatric patients often need more than one procedure. In fact, it’s not at all unusual for someone who has lost a hundred pounds or more to want plastic surgery for their abdomen, chest and arms. Many add facelifts to the list, and some opt for other procedures to fine tune their new bodies. A multiple-procedure patient is a lucrative proposition for plastic surgeons.
After all these cautions, there’s good news too. There are many highly qualified, board-certified plastic surgeons out there who work with weight loss patients.
How to find one? Doing research on the Web is a must. It can be a good sign when a large portion of a surgeon’s Web site is devoted to the specialty. Especially if there are plenty of before and after photos to see. Some plastic surgeons even have a site focused entirely on bariatric plastic surgery.
Perhaps the best research aid is the weight loss community itself. Sites like obesityhelp.com and others offer advice about plastic surgery and, more important, patients who have personal experiences to share.
Massive weight loss is a wonderful accomplishment. Men and women who achieve it deserve the best in plastic surgery.