American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons See Continued Demand for Body and Face Contouring Procedures. Body Lifts Increase by 4550%

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According to the National Plastic Surgery statistics of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of lower body lifts has increased by 4550% over the past ten years. Upper arm lifts or brachioplasty also increased by 4392% during this time period.

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"This dramatic increase is not surprising," said Dr.Ed Domanskis,President of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons.

According to the National Plastic Surgery statistics of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of lower body lifts has increased by 4550% over the past ten years. Upper arm lifts or brachioplasty also increased by 4392% during this time period.

Body lifts are performed by plastic surgeons because of excess skin, usually as a result of large weight loss following bariatric surgery, either lap band or gastric bypass. A lower body lift is an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck combined with a buttock lift.

“This dramatic increase is not surprising,” said Dr. Ed Domanskis, the President of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons. “This reflects the tremendous increase in bariatric surgery over the same time period.” The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery(ASMBS) reports that about 1.4million bariatric procedures were performed in the last reported 10year period.

Obesity was designated as a disease by Medicare in 2004. Consequently, Medicare as well as most insurance companies began coverage of bariatric surgery.

“Our members are seeing many more of the post-bariatric patients who want to complete their weight loss journey,” continued Dr. Domanskis. “The only reason preventing a tsunami of patients in our offices is that this body and facial contouring are still rarely covered by insurance.”

The American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons is comprised of plastic surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and have a special interest in face and body contouring after bariatric surgery.

“We do foresee this upward trend of lower body lifts not only continuing but accelerating,” concluded Dr. Domanskis. Just last month, the FDA approved new, less restrictive guidelines that make 26 million more overweight Americans eligible for lap band surgery.

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