Adjustable_Gastric_Band pictureWho doesn’t want to look younger and feel younger, but is plastic surgery healthy. A new press release from the ASPS, suggests body contouring can be a successful part of weight control over a long period of time.

FYI: “Body Contouring” can refer to liposuction, tummy tuck, anything where the shape of the body and fat is removed.

From real self, we find that one woman has a very positive experience with it:

“I worked really hard and lost 135 lbs through diet…

2 Feb 2012

I worked really hard and lost 135 lbs through diet and exercise…Zumba Fitness! I had such extensive skin and flab in my abdominal area that I was so out of proportion. It was discouraging to have worked so hard and still be left with excess skin and flab.

I went to see Dr. Capek after being referred by a close friend who is a nurse. Dr. Capek opened up a whole new world for me with the procedures she did. I had a panniculectomy in June 2011 and Breast Reduction and corset abdominoplasty in Dec 2011.”

Here is the Article from ASPS:

CHICAGO – Plastic surgeons have become a key element of successful, long-term weight control for patients who undergo laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), according to a recent study.

These findings, which will be presented at Plastic Surgery The Meeting, the annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Oct. 10-14, in Chicago, show that patients who undergo body contouring plastic surgery (BCPS) are more likely to maintain a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than those patients who elect not to have the surgery.

“In a follow-up period of up to 15 years, the mean endpoint BMI of patients who underwent BCPS was 24.6 vs. 31 in those who did not,” says Tali Freidman, MD, an ASPS member surgeon, and a study chief investigator. “This considerable difference may suggest that a LAGB procedure, together with BCPS, presents a safer yet effective option for specific high risk patients looking for a long-term massive weight loss.”

While laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery is the safest reported method for massive weight loss, it is also the least effective, with 30 to 50 percent of patients regaining part or most of their post-surgery weight loss within 2 to 4 years. Recent evidence, however, suggests that plastic surgeons offer a viable tool to combat patients’ weight gain: body contouring plastic surgery. A Geneva-based study published last year showed that patients who had undergone BCPS after the bariatric Roux-en-Y technique demonstrate improved long-term weight control in comparison to those patients who did not.

The current study, led by Dr. Tali Friedman, and Itay Wiser, MD, included patients who underwent LAGB surgery between 1997 and 2007, and who were between the ages of 18-50 years. The study compared the Body Mass Index totals and increases of LAGB patients who underwent BCPS and those who did not. BCPS patients had lower long-term BMI totals as well as lower increases in BMI overall. BMI is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height, and is considered a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people.

The study, “Body Contouring Plastic Surgery Decreases Long-Term Body Mass Index Regain Following Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding, a Matched Retrospective Cohort Study,” is being presented Monday, Oct. 13, at 11:15 a.m. at McCormick Place West in Chicago.


Don’t know what a Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band is? Here’s an educational video on it:

Also, here is a video on body contouring:

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