ASPS stats show Weight Loss Surgeries Bring about Boost in Plastic Surgery
The latest stats coming from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) -released yesterday- show that the boost of weight loss surgeries is followed by a similar increase in procedures associated with these surgeries, like thigh lifts, breast lifts and tummy tucks. President of ASPS Scot Glasberg, MD, confirms this statement: “We think there is a correlation between the two types of procedures, and we expect that trend to continue,” and adds “Post-massive weight loss patients are the number one growth area I have seen in my practice, and I’m sure that’s the case in many doctor’s offices across the country.”
The stats show that 179000 Americans had weight loss surgery during 2013 which is the highest since 2009 according to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The same stats show that upper arm lifts and thigh lifts were both 9% up during 2014 while at the same moment breast lift had a 10% up tummy tucks showed a 4% increase. Dr. Glasberg claims that weight loss surgeries cause a few aesthetic issues (like sagging skin) that need to be solved and this is why this surge takes place: “You can’t attribute that to anything other than the fact that there are more massive weight loss patients out there looking to take care of the problems that they now have after their weight loss surgery”.
It seems that the patients don’t realize that a weight loss surgery will inevitably bring a few new issues and this is why Dr. Glasberg suggests that the surgeons should get involved with the whole idea of weight loss from the very beginning so as to give the patients a more realistic idea: “Going forward, we’d like to be a part of the process from the outset, when patients are first starting to consider weight loss surgery,” and adds “A lot of times patients think weight loss surgery is the answer to their issues, when in reality it may only be one step in the process.”