03 August 2009

It has been revealed that extreme weight loss, where people shift a lot of excess weight through dieting, has resulted in the growth of body sculpting cosmetic surgeries such as tummy tucks. Newspaper The Age reported that this trend has been overshadowed in the press by headlines concerned with rising levels of obesity. However, the volume of people dieting their way back down to a healthy weight has nevertheless seen a jump in post weightloss surgery. Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons spokesman Dr Richard Bloom Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons spokesman Dr Richard Bloom told the paper that he believes there has been a worldwide boom in body contouring cosmetic surgery, especially in patients who have achieved a substantial weight loss. He said: "When people lose 30, 40, 60, 100 kilograms there is significant skin excess across all parts of their body lower trunk, tummy, lateral thigh area and buttocks, arms, breasts and inner thighs. "It doesnt matter over what period of time the weight is lost or how hard you exercise - the skin will never bounce back. For these patients, the skin thats there is a constant reminder of when they were overweight." The problem of excess skin is one that patients find that they cannot shift on their own as it has become so stretched that it isn't a question of being overweight anymore, more the loss of elasticity, which is why so many turn to cosmetic surgery. Monash University's Centre for Obesity Research and Education has also found that around one in four of their 5000 lap-band patients have gone on to have plastic surgery after weight loss. What's more, Dr Colin Moore, who is the former president of the Australian College of Cosmetic Surgery, reports that the industry has seen the number of such procedures triple in the past three to four years.