Bariatric and Body-Contouring Surgery: A Continuum of Care for Excess and Lax Skin


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Abstract

Obesity continues to reach epidemic proportions in the United States, with more than 60% of Americans classified as obese. Correspondingly, the number of individuals undergoing bariatric surgery has increased dramatically. There are several bariatric procedures that may be performed, with laparoscopic adjusted gastric band (LABG) the newest. Following bariatric surgery and massive weight loss, patients may be left with problematic loose, hanging skin. The loose or redundant skin may occur on the abdomen, back, upper arms, and inner and outer thighs. Body-contouring surgery may be performed to correct the residual excess tissues. Prebariatric planning for plastic surgery to correct skin defects, as well as postoperative bariatric and body-contouring care, is discussed.

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