Expectations from Body Contouring Surgery and Body-image Satisfaction in Post-Bariatric Patients
Journal of Obesity and Weight-loss Medication
Because of the important developments in bariatric surgery over the last decade there is a significant increase in patients with sequelae of post-bariatric massive weight loss, which include skin-and soft tissue redundancy. These body contour deformities can be improved using plastic-and reconstructive surgery techniques. It remains unclear what percentage of post bariatric patients will eventually undergo body contouring surgery and what their body image and expectations are. The current study
... . The current study evaluates body image satisfaction and expectations related to body contouring surgery in Swiss post-bariatric patients following their weight reduction. Methods: Data was collected using a previously utilized questionnaire, which was mailed to all 113 patients who had undergone bariatric surgery in one Swiss bariatric center between Results: The return rate of the questionnaire was 57.7%. 73.8% of all patients desired body contouring surgery. 40% rated their desire for body contouring surgery as high or very high. Abdominal corrections were most requested, followed by corrections of breasts and thighs. The most important expectation from body contouring surgery was improved self-confidence (58.5%), followed by reduced feelings of embarrassment in public (53.8%) and improved appearance (53.8%). Conclusion: The desire for body contouring surgery in Swiss postbariatric patients is very high. Our data highlights the importance of including reconstructive post-bariatric surgery as a component of the multidisciplinary approach in the treatment of obesity.