According to a study by the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands, published by Plastic Surgery Practice, body contouring after bariatric surgery improves patients’ quality of life for up to 7 years after surgery. Post bariatric surgery usually consists of procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, or body lifts to resolve problems such as excess skin after massive weight loss. While it is not always required for patients who had lost substantial weight, the report showed improvements in six out of seven quality-of-life domains for patients who underwent body contouring procedures following dramatic weight loss.
As a cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. David Whiteman understands the important role of health and wellness in maintaining surgical results. Plastic surgery should not be a “quick-fix” but rather assist patients in achieving their goals. Plastic surgery is often required to eliminate extra skin that result from massive weight loss. However, plastic surgery results are not always permanent. Patients must develop a healthy diet and regular exercise routine to maintain their results.
The study showed quality-of-life scores were lower for patients who regained weight after their body-contouring surgery. In addition to performing procedures, Dr. Whiteman also provides resources to educate patients on health and wellness. Dr. Whiteman has partnered with Daryl Madison, ACE certified personal trainer and founder of the Chair-A-Cise workout program, to help patients develop their own fitness regimen. Daryl works with patients to develop a progressive fitness program, as well as a healthier diet. Daryl offers personal telephone coaching through “Talk Away the Pounds.” He has also created Chair-A-Cise to help patients ease back into regular exercise after surgery since it is suitable for all fitness levels and can be done while sitting.
If you’re interested in learning more about body contouring or other plastic surgery procedures, be sure to check out Dr. Whiteman’s website and blog. Also, be sure to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more updates on plastic surgery and health and wellness news.